Skitgubbe

Skitgub (Mattis)
 

Number of decks: 1
Number of cards in the deck: 52
Number of players: 2-4
Seniority of cards: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, B, D, K, T.
Purpose of the game: do not stay with the cards on hand.
Rules of the game. Popular Swedish game for three players, played in Norway and other places in the Scandinavian Peninsula. Skitgubbe, translated from Swedish, literally means “crappy man”, in Norway it is called Mattis and is translated as “fool”. It can be played together or four together, but mostly it is played in three. The first deliverer is determined by lot or by request. The deck is carefully shuffled and each player is dealt three cards, the remaining deck is placed in the center of the table in a closed form and serves as a reserve from which players get cards. Next, players must play 2 stages of the game. At the first stage, players collect cards for the second stage, and at the second stage, they try to get rid of all their cards as quickly as possible.

First stage. The first move belongs to the player to the left of the deliverer. The player must go in with his any card to the next player in a clockwise direction, and that player must place his own any card. After this player puts his card in response, these two players get up to three cards one by one from the reserve and the cards laid out for him for the second stage, the player who laid out the highest card by value means the same player drawing the next cards with your first turn. Thus, all the cards are played between players in the first stage, after which the second stage begins. The last card taken from the reserve determines the trump suit for the second stage.

Second phase. The player who took the last card from the reserve of the first stage goes first in the second stage. He walks his card to the next player in a clockwise direction and that player must beat this card or take it for himself. A card may be beaten with a card of the same suit, but of higher value, or with a trump card, if the beaten card is not a trump card. If the player was unable to fight off or did not want to, and took the card, then the next player’s turn comes clockwise. Broken cards are put together in a separate pile, called a rebound. Thus, the players play all the cards and the player who is the last with the cards becomes the loser and in Sweden he is called a “shitty man”, and in Norway he is called a “fool”.

Note. There is a variant of the game, when at the second stage you can beat a player’s card not with one card, but with a sequence of cards of the same suit, for example, one player came ♥ 8, the other player beats 10, V, D.

When translating the rules of the game into Russian, it remains unclear to me whether the player in the second stage can enter not from one card, but from several. It is possible that the second stage is played with the possibility of a move from several cards of the same value.