Sunday, 6 April 2014

Life's a Game: 4. Cribbage

This year we're sharing with you our game of the month. These are all favourites from our collection, or ones we play with our friends.

April's game is Cribbage.

Looking for  cards that add up to fifteen...

This is one of those games that, for me, goes right back into my childhood. I have distant memories of being taught to play by my Dad, but feel like I've always known it. We played card games a lot as I grew up, often as a family activity; my Mum, Dad, brother and I sitting down on a Saturday evening for round of whist, bridge or canasta and this is still a well loved way to pass our time when we all get together today. With cribbage though, typically a two player game, it was game for mostly just for Dad and I.

As time went on I taught Joe how to play, and also discovered one of my university friends knew this game. Between us we taught another of my housemates and cribbage has become a favourite once again. We nearly always play when the four of us are together.

Crib scoring board. 

There are many quirks to this card game. It comes with it's own special scoring board to help you keep track of your points and the game is broken into two different sections in each round, both of which can score you points. As well trying to find the classic runs and pairs of many card games you're also on the look out for cards that add up to fifteen and every player starts by donating one or two of their cards into the crib, or box, which the dealer gets to treat as an extra hand at the end of the game to score bonus points - and this is what gives the game it's name.

Section 1: Play out your cards one at a time trying to make combo's
with your opponents cards; here we have 15 on the table, 2 points. 

Simple enough to learn, reliant on the luck of the cards, but with the chance to become skilled at spotting the best combinations to score you points this is a game that can be enjoyed by the young and old on different levels, and I'd recommend you give it a go.

Section 2: Add up the points in your hand. This person scored 6; two fifteens (K+5) and a pair. 


  1. It looks huge fun. I've never played Cribbage but I have heard of it. I do enjoy your game posts!

    1. Thanks, I'm glad you like them as they're a bit different to the rest :)

  2. Saturday evenings playing whist, bridge or canasta... sounds so refined and middle-class!! Mum would like it pointed out that bridge was only ever played with a gun pointed at her head!

    1. True enough! I know there were many other games we'd play/films we'd watch - I was just trying to list a few of the most recognisable card games ;)

  3. Must get out the cards and play cribbage again. Sometimes I think the only reason my children played as teenagers was to lay down a card and say "one for his knob".

  4. Ah yes, an old favourite, brings back some great holiday

  5. I've never known how to play Cribbage or Whist, Bridge or Canasta come to that. We were more of a board games family.


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