Queen of Spades

Queen of Spades is a trick-taking card game that is related to Hearts. The game is played in Austria and Bavaria and is known as "Grünober Suchen", "Grün-Bauern Jagen", or "Grasobern".

The goal is to avoid winning the trick that contains the queen of spades, and to avoid winning the last trick. As an added twist, the game can also be won by winning all tricks. It is required to follow suit, if possible, but it is not required to play a higher card. The intention to win all tricks does not need to be announced.

The game is for 4 players and is played with a set of 32 cards. There are four suits: Hearts, Diamonds, Spades, and Clubs. Each suit has the following ranks in descending order: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, and 7. You can play the game with the familiar French cards, but in the settings you can also switch to the traditional German cards. Below is a short introduction of the German cards.

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Game Play

Each player receives 8 cards. The first player leads the trick by placing a card face up on the table. The other players each follow with a single card, in clockwise direction. They must follow the suit of the first card, if possible. Otherwise they can play any card. The trick is won by the player who played the highest card of the suit of the first card. The winner takes the cards, places them face down on a pile, and leads to the next trick.

Scoring

Points are distributed in a way that the sum of all points is zero:

Notes

Strategies

German Cards

If you want to play with the traditional German (Doppeldeutsche) cards, here is a quick introduction:
Suit: Acorn (Eichel), equivalent to Clubs
Rank: Ace (Sau); Each Ace shows one of the four seasons.
Suit: Bells (Schelle), equivalent to Diamonds
Rank: King (König); On a horse and with crown.
Suit: Green/Leaves (Grün/Blatt), equivalent to Spades
Rank: Upper (Ober), equivalent to Queen; The symbol is on top.
By the way, this is the card you don't want to get...
Suit: Hearts (Rot/Herz)
Rank: Under (Unter), equivalent to Jack; The symbol is on the bottom.
All other ranks are identified by Roman numerals.

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