Queen Bees II
These rules are an evolution of my game Queen Bees. In that game, I wanted to use rank cards as trumps, and this game expands on that idea. The original I developed with my wife Jessica and this game, was further refined with contributions from my parents.
Three or four, each playing for himself.
Use the entire deck of 52 cards for a four player game. For three players, remove the 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s. This leaves a deck of 36 that runs from 6s to Aces with Aces high.
Deal the entire deck. With four players, each player receives thirteen cards. With three players, each player receives twelve cards.
The first player to the left of the dealer starts the round by leading any card. All other players must play a card, following suit if possible. A player who can not follow suit may throw off any card.
The player with the highest card or trump card (to be explained below) wins the trick and leads the next card. Play continues until all cards are played (in thirteen rounds/tricks).
The deal then passes to the left. Rinse and repeat.
Trumps are determined on the first trick where all players throw a card of the same suit. Until that time, there is no trump.
Trump consist of the ranks played in that trick. For example:
The rules of trump
There's one very important additional rule regarding trumps: You may play a trump card if it belongs to the suit led.
Each trick counts for one point. Score at the end of each round of play. The game continues until one player reaches 21 points. If two players are tied at 21 or more points, then continue playing until the tie is broken.