Playing the Palace card game (with pictures)

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Playing the Palace card game (with pictures)
Playing the Palace card game (with pictures)
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Palace is a super fun card game that you can play with 2-5 players. The object of the game is simple: play your cards on the discard pile in ascending order and try to get rid of all your cards first. The snag in the grass? If you can't play a card, you must pick up the entire discard pile! There are a few other rules to follow (e.g. each player gets their own 'palace' of cards - more on that below). Check out the steps below to learn how to play the game!

Steps

Part 1 of 3: Setting up the game

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Step 1. Draw cards to see who will deal first and who will start first

Have everyone choose a card at random from a deck of cards. The person with the highest card becomes the dealer. The person with the next highest card gets to choose any place, and so on. The person to the dealer's left starts.

In some variants, the first player is chosen as soon as the cards are dealt, and it is based on the lowest card face up

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Step 2. Shuffle a two-player deck or two multi-player decks

Shuffle the cards 5-7 times to make sure they are shuffled properly. Make sure not to look at the cards while you're shuffling them!

Remark:

You need two decks for 3-5 players, otherwise you will run out of cards too quickly.

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Step 3. Deal three cards face down to each player

Go around the table and place three cards in a row for each player. Continue until each player has three cards in front of them. No one is allowed to look at these cards anymore, not even the player you gave them to!

Normally you start with the person to your left

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Step 4. Deal each person six cards face down

Then you count six cards to the person to your left, separate from the three you just gave to everyone. Continue around the table until everyone has six cards, including yourself. The players may look at these cards, but everyone should keep them to themselves for now.

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Step 5. Look at your six cards and place three face up on your face down cards

Each player takes his set of six cards. Decide which three you want to put on top of your three face up cards. In general, higher cards are better to face up.

One variation has the dealer place three of the cards face up on top of the original three face down cards. This makes the game a bit more difficult, because you can't reveal the easy-to-play cards

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Step 6. Place the rest of the cards in the center for the draw pile

If you are the dealer, place the remaining pile where all players can reach, as that becomes the draw pile. These cards must be face down.

Part 2 of 3: The beginning of the game

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Step 1. Turn over one card from the draw pile and make the discard pile

If you are the dealer, place the card face up on the side of the draw pile. That becomes the starting card for the discard pile, and the player to the dealer's left will play on it to begin the game.

  • One variation says that the first player with an open three starts the game by playing a card from his hand. If no one has a three, it is the turn of the four. Another variation says that the person to the dealer's left plays the lowest card in their hand.
  • As an example, suppose the starting card is a six.
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Step 2. Play cards in ascending order from the starting card

If you are the starting player, play a card that is equal to or higher than the starting card. You can actually play multiple cards as long as they are all equal or higher and of the same rank.

  • You can use any higher card, but it is smarter to play your lower cards first.
  • For example, if the starting card is 6 of hearts, you can play 6 of spades, 7 of diamonds or king of clubs. You can also play 2 sixes or 3 eights.
  • The cards are arranged with the Ace being the highest and the 3 being the lowest. The 2 is a special card that resets the deck.
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Step 3. Draw up to three cards in your hand

Once you've played, you'll need three more cards to make your hand. Take enough cards from the draw pile to have three cards. Don't draw if you have three cards or more, which can happen later in the game.

  • So if you played one card, you take two.
  • In some variations, if you draw a card that has the same number as the last card you played in the deck, you may play that card. This rule only applies if the next player has not yet laid down a card.
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Step 4. Pick up the entire discard pile if you can't play

You should play a card if you can. If you can't play, you must pick up the discard pile. Then it's the next person's turn -- he gets to play a card from his hand.

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Step 5. Continue to the next person on the left

After the first person has played, move around the table. Each person plays what they can in the middle, then draws up to three cards. If he can't play, he takes what's in the middle. The game continues in this way until the draw pile is used up.

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Step 6. Use twos and tens as jokers

In most variations of this game, you can play the 2 on top of any card, and return the discard pile to this number. You can also place the 10 on any card, but this takes the discard pile out of the game instead of putting it back. The player who put down the 10 then draws up to three cards and plays a random card.

You can play any card after playing a 2 or 10

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Step 7. Clear the discard pile when playing four-of-a-kind

If four of the same numbers are played in a row, by one player or by several players, the discard pile is emptied. Set these aside, because these cards are out of the game.

  • The player who played the last card can play any card, starting the discard pile again.
  • In some variations, anyone can indent to end four of a kind. For example, if the dealer plays three 7s, someone across the table can play a 7 to complete four-of-a-kind, even if it's not their turn. It is then his turn and skips the other players.

Part 3 of 3: The end of the game

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Step 1. Completely empty the draw pile

To begin the final stage of the game, the draw pile must be empty. When that's done, don't shake. You just stop pulling off center.

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Step 2. Play until you run out of hand

When you can't pull anymore, you only rely on your hand. Keep playing until there are no more cards in your hand. If you can't play anymore, you still need to pick up the discard pile and put it in your hand.

Remember, you should play a card if you can

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Step 3. When you have no more cards in your hand, go to your face up cards

When it's your turn and you don't have a hand, play a card from your face up cards. If you have several cards of the same rank, such as two jacks, you can play them both at the same time.

If you can't play a card, follow the same rule as before and pick up the discard pile. Once you pick up a pile, you must clear them all before playing from your cards to the table

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Step 4. Play your face down cards to finish the game

When it's your turn and you've played all your face-up cards, pick a card that's face up on the table. You don't have to look at it to choose. Just turn it over. If it is equal to or higher than the current card, you may play it. If not, you must pick up the discard pile.

If you pick up the discard pile, you must play it first before continuing to play your face down cards

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Step 5. Play all your cards first to win

You must play all your face up and face down cards to win the game. The first person to do this ends the game.

The game can continue after the first person has finished, but it's more fun to start another game instead

Tips

  • During setup, you choose the highest cards to face up, along with twos and tens.
  • Always try to get rid of the lower cards first.
  • Keep twos and tens as long as you can so you can play them when you need them.
  • Try to get rid of several cards at once.

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