Game Night Blog Carnival: Cribbage

Welcome to another Game Night Blog Carnival!  This is a recurring 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. The previous entry in the series can be found at Going Last, which discusses Mansions of Madness.

This month, I present the classic card game, Cribbage. The game of cribbage was foreign to me before 2003. My wife and her brother introduced me to the game while on a camping trip to Itasca State Park, the Headwaters of the Mississippi River, in Minnesota. I learned to really love the game as we passed many hours playing cribbage, having a few beers, and talking about a wide range of topics. As my wife has told me, “It’s a game best played with good friends and good drink.”

Classic Cribbage Board.

Cribbage is an easy-enough game to pick up but it takes much practice to truly master. It’s a game for two to six players. It can be played 1-on-1 or in teams of two players. To play the game, you only require a standard deck of cards and a cribbage board. Although you could count out the points on a piece of paper if you did not have access to a board and pegs. The most-common cribbage board is a simple piece of wood with sets of 120 holes that represent the points earned during the game.

The pegs are used in a leapfrog fashion to demonstrate the number of points earned during each hand. Points are earned through playing cards, which are dealt each hand. One game of cribbage – a race to 121 points – will take anywhere from 10 to 20 hands to complete. The game moves along at a brisk pace and several rounds of cribbage can be played in less than an hour. I will talk about specific rules below and introduce you to the wonderful world of Cribbage Board Customization.

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