Trading Pitt

Hi, Today I am going to tell you about one of my favourite games, and why. My favourite game is a game called Trading Pitt, and is a loud and enjoyable family game. Ideally you need four people to play but anything from three to eight is fine.

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Instructions:

In your pack you should have eight sets of nine cards, each types of crops, and a bull and bear card.

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You deal out the same number of sets as there are people playing, (for instance, if four people are playing choose four sets,) then also add the bull and bear cards. Shuffle and deal them out equally, two people will have one extra card because of the bull and bear. 

The aim of the game is to collect a complete set of the cards, which is called a corner. Everyone keeps his/her cards secret from the others, and when you get your cards, you can look at them in private. When you sort them out, (generally into sets…) you must choose which set you wish to collect. When everyone is ready, the dealer shouts, ‘the pit is open!’ and the game begins. You try to exchange different cards in hope to collect more of your chosen set of cards. To do this you shout the number of cards you want to exchange, but all of the cards you in one, must be of the same set, i.e, if you had three hops that you didn’t need, you would shout ‘three, three, three’ until another player shouts the same number. When that happens, you can swap cards, planting them face down next the person so no one else can see the swapped cards.

Each player looks at his new cards, and if he wants to keep them, holds them in his hand, if not goes through the same procession. You can exchange any number of cards from one to eight, as long as they are all from the same set. The only exception they don’t have to be in the same set is if you hold the bull or bear card. If you want to exchange either of them, you can add them on to any set, for example, if you wanted to get rid of two oats, and the bear, you would still shout ‘three, three, three.’ The first player to get a full set of cards, (nine,) they shout corner, and the game is over, they have won. They get the amount of points said on the set of cards, i.e, Barley = 80.

The Bull and Bear cards

If you are holding the bear card in your hand when another player shouts corner, it counts as twenty points against you. If you are holding a bull card when another person shouts corner, it also counts as twenty points against you. But, if you hold the bull card and eight other cards of a set, you can shout ‘Bull corner’ the game is over and you still gain the amount of points in your set. If you hold the bull card but also all nine cards of a set, you shout ‘Double bull corner’ and you win double the points in your set. 

At the end you count up the scores, (providing that you have been writing them along as you go,) and the person with the most wins. If you are playing in a four, it is advisable to each take a turn in dealing so you can all have a turn with ten cards instead of nine.

I hope you end up buying and having fun with this game,

SparrowHorse x

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