SET UP example for 2 players:
OBJECT OF THE GAME:
Be the first player to use all the cards in their SIDE pile.
How is this done?
You begin each turn with 5 cards in your HAND. You will always be dealt new cards from the STOCK to replace cards you played from your HAND during your last turn.
How do I play to the CENTER piles?
Wild Card: 13 (King). Use it in place of any card you need.
I have no cards to play to the CENTER!
What are the HOLD piles for?
These HOLD cards can help you later to build up a CENTER pile so that you can play your SIDE card.
Placing a card on a HOLD pile, automatically ends your turn.
You can’t move the cards around from one HOLD pile to another – once you’ve placed a card on a HOLD pile, it stays there till you can play it to the CENTER.
So what am I trying to do?
Ahh, is it really that easy?
1) An important part of the game is developing a strategy for how you organize the cards in your HOLD piles. You have to play the top card of a HOLD pile to get at the cards beneath it. (Right clicking on a Hold pile displays the cards beneath it.)
2) Hold onto cards that would help your opponent (Spite) to play his SIDE cards faster than you. Don’t play a 3 if he’s waiting to play a 4! But of course if you have a 4 and play it to the CENTER, you can block him from playing. That’s why it’s called Spite and Malice!
The game comes with a tutorial to get you started playing quickly.
And how do I play against a human player?
*The default, or "House Rules" are 20 cards in the Side (payoff) piles, decks shuffled together, no forced cards and a Wild card can be used in place of any card. The Rules can be changed to:
Side payoff pile: 10, 15, 20, or 26 cards
Number of centers: 3 or 4 for 2 player games.
Deck shuffle: Shuffle decks together or shuffle decks separately for the setup.
Forced cards: Force Aces or Twos. This can be enforced for either visible cards only (not the cards hidden in your hand) or all cards.
Wild card: Wild card cannot be used as an ace.
Additional information for 3-4 player games:
1 deck of cards is added for each player, so a 4 player game uses 4 decks of cards.
4 center piles
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