Welcome to the new Game Night Blog Carnival! This is a new feature Roving Band of Misfits is running once each month with numerous roleplaying game blogs. Visit their site for more information about the blog carnival initiative.
When I was asked by Roving Band of Misfits to contribute to their Game Night Blog Carnival, the first game I thought of was Dutch Blitz. To be honest, I never heard of or played Dutch Blitz until February of this year while on vacation in Mexico. Our friends brought the game with them and introduced us to the rules. After a few rounds and learning the basics, I was immediately hooked.
I asked my friend, a veteran player of the game, to offer a brief synopsis of why Dutch Blitz is such an enjoyable game to play with friends. He responded with the following:
To me, Dutch Blitz is a fast-paced card game that is easy to start, but hard to quit. Don’t let the childlike cards fool you, this game is difficult to master and can make even the most experienced player break out in a cold sweat. Once the basic ground rules are learned it only opens the door to the game’s true complexities which often leaves you asking ” Play again?
I cannot echo the addictive quality of the game nearly enough, and I found myself wanting to play the game even when it was probably a better idea to shift to another activity or go to bed. As I mentioned, I first played the game while on vacation in Mexico. The trip featured a 24-hour flurry of activity including a delayed cruise ship because of thick fog, a scramble to find another destination option, a flight to Mexico and a tense 10 minutes after we got to the resort in Mexico when it wasn’t clear if we had a room or not. Even with that craziness to start the trip, playing Dutch Blitz was one of the more memorable things about the vacation.
Much of the following text is pulled directly from the Dutch Blitz website. However, I have
interspersed their description of the rules with my personal commentary on the
experience of playing the game.