CJ and I decided a little card game would be nice. Two hours of Skip-Bo later, CJ declared, channeling the movie Jumanji, “Let’s bury this thing in a treasure chest and hope no one ever finds it!”
Basically, in Skip-Bo, players race to get rid of their “draw pile” first by playing on common “build decks” in numerical order. From Boardgame Geek:
Each player is dealt a stockpile of 30 cards. The winner will be whoever manages to empty their stockpile first. Cards are played onto four shared building piles in numerical sequence from 1 to 12. On each turn, a player draws until they have five cards in their hand, and then plays cards from: their hand, a top card of their discard piles, or their stockpile. At the end of their turn, a player must discard onto one of their four personal discard piles. Strategy involves the organizing of cards into the discard piles, care in not setting up the next players for good plays, knowing when to play from which option, and especially the timing of playing a valuable “Skip-bo” wildcard.
So, you have to play in numerical, ascending sequence. But, here’s the thing: if you have only two players and each is a crappy shuffler, you end up drawing the same sequences over and over and unable to play. And, your “draw deck” has repeated numbers also slowing play. Or, and we freely admit this, we may just be bad at this game.
We got to where we were helping each other win just to end it. Although, we did have fun as can be seen in CJ’s reaction to me howling in frustration at my card draw below: