Today I will be taking a look at Cobras by Cardboard Edison a game for 1-5 players that takes 30-45 minutes. In this trick taker, You will be earning snakes for points and trying to sell them at the the most lucrative moments.
At the beginning of each hand you are given one king cobra card and your score track. The dealer is chosen At random and deals the entire deck as evenly as possible to the table. Any unseen cards are set aside an are not looked at for the hand. Cards range from 1-13 in four suits.
After you get your hand, the first step before trick play begins is to select one card from your hand and place it facedown. Once everyone has done this, all cards are revealed. Each player will receive that many cobras to start their basket for the round. Any triple cobra cards are set off to the side and kept as a round a timer. Once the 10th triple cobra has been played the round ends.
. Someone will lead a card and everyone must follow suit if they can with one exception I’ll get to later. If you can’t fallow, you can play anything. Once the trick is formed you decide who the winners are and who the losers are. Any winners must sell the cobras in their basket for the amount pictured on their basket. The losers however, will equally divide the remaining cobras contained in the trick any excess cobras not won in the trick are put in a pool for next round.
At the beginning of each round each player is given one king cobra card. This Card can be played at any point. Once played you must declare either to win or to lose. If you decide to win you will be selling your cobras along with the original winner. If you decide to lose you will be gaining corpus with the remaining losers so as you can see there can be multiple winners and losers in a given hand. It is important to note that you can only play your king cobra once during a given hand and that the king cobra does not count towards the cobra pool when counting up the amount for the hand.
Around will end once there are 13 triple cobra cards laid out on the table. Any left over cobras on your basket card are considered to be negative points.
No, not a joke! This was my basket after one round
In a 3-4 player game, the game ends at 100 points
In a 5 player game, the game ends at 75 points. The player with the most points at the end of the game is the winner!
The game also come with rules for oneplayer and two player games. I have yet to play them but they both havedummy hands
My Thoughts; I think this game is a clever little trick taking game that is simple to teach but hard to master! This game is a straightforward trick taker game and almost anyone could pick this one up. There is a tiny bit of push your luck when deciding to either sell or acquire cobras. You really don’t want to wait too long otherwise your large basket will be negative points. This game has a very traditional card game feel but has just enough there to be very interesting. Check this one out when you get the chance!