★★★☆☆ Diamonds: a trick taking game like hearts, but with stealing.

Check out this game if: Your family or group of friends already like trick taking games (like hearts) but want to try something with a new twist.

This game stands out because: it’s fairly simple, like Hearts, but is unique. The physical diamonds and player screens may take away from the traditional trick taking game experience, but if you give it a chance I think you will appreciate what they bring to the table.

Positive:
1. Easy to teach (especially to someone who has played trick taking games).
2. Plays well with more players.
3. Plays well with a wide range of ages (your grandma probably likes trick taking games, but the new twist makes it exciting for your nephew too).
4. Games can be played pretty quickly.
5. Cards and components look and feel nice (trust me, it matters).
6. Feels rewarding to secure your diamonds in your vault.

Negative:
1. Taking diamonds from other players can get contentious.
2. It’s possible to just get dealt a bad hand (but if you play the recommended number of rounds, it will likely even out).

Brief Overview:
The goal of this game is to have the most physical diamonds in your vault. You get diamonds in your vault by playing cards and winning hands.

Regardless of how many people are playing, everyone is dealt 10 card. Then the player to the left of the dealer starts by playing any card and everyone follows in turn order. The card must match suit if possible and the highest card of the suit takes it.

Where this game differs from most trick taking games is the suit actions. If you win a hand, play a card out of suit, or have the most of any suit at the end of the round, you get a suit action. Suit actions are how you get diamonds into your vault. Some suit actions let you take from the supply, some let you take from other players, and some let you secure your diamonds by putting them in your vault.

Number of Players 2-6
Age 8+
Time 30 mins
Friendly ★☆☆☆☆
Teachable ★★★★☆
Replayability ★★★☆☆
Creative Freedom ★★☆☆☆
Inclusive (no elimination) ★★★☆☆
Interaction ★★★★☆

Versions:
There is only one version of Diamonds, but so many trick taking games. Here is a short list of some of my favorite: Hearts, RookStichelnDie Sieben SiegelFrank’s Zoo, (classics that I have not played much Euchre, Bridge, Scopa, & Spades)

Teaching Advice:
This game is best taught by first explaining the goal of the game, obtain diamonds. Then teach the trick taking aspect of the game. Lastly, explain what the suit actions are and how you get them. -not much to it, but at least one person needs to read all the instructions.

Link to Video YouTube.

Link to Diamonds on Amazon

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