Card Game

Card Game
Rook Bird card: The Original Rook Game uses the powerful Rook Bird card, which is used as the
highest trump card no matter what color is named as trump.
• You may play the Rook Bird card at any time, regardless of the color led and regardless of the other
cards in your hand. It is the only card that has this privilege.
• If the Rook Bird card is led, all other players must play a trump, if they have one.
• If trump color is led and you have no other trump card, you must play the Rook Bird.
Scoring: When all cards in the hand have been played, each partnership adds up the Counters it captured.
The partners’ scores are added together. Play until one partnership reaches 300 points and wins.
Scoring example: The partnership that took the bid at 95 (see Bidding Example) captured only 75 points
in Counters. The full 95 points are deducted from their score (or they’re given -95, if it’s the fi rst hand);
they do not score the 75 points they captured. Their opponents, who captured the remaining Counters,
score 45 points.
Penalties: A penalty of 40 points is deducted from the score of the partnership of any player who
discards the incorrect number of cards to the nest, or makes any “table talk” suggestions to affect the
partner’s play. If a player “reneges” by playing a card of a different color when he or she could have
followed suit, the error may be corrected if discovered before the next trick is taken. If the error is not
discovered until later, the hand is ended, and the side that made the error is set back the full amount of
the bid, regardless of who made the bid for that hand. The opponents score all the Counters they captured
before the error was discovered.
For individual scoring: If players want to record their individual scores instead of partnership scores,
they should change partners after every four hands, and record each individual score separately.
Thus, at the end of 12 hands, each player will have played game hands with each of the other players.
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The Original ROOK Partnership Game for 4 Players
CONTENTS
VARIATIONS ON THE ORIGINAL ROOK GAME
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If you’re new to bidding and trick-taking card games, refer to the
“Card-Playing Terms for New Players” on the back page before reading the ROOK rules.
These variations follow the same format as the Original ROOK Partnership Game. The basic rules are
not repeated for each variation.
Object of the Game: To be the fi rst partnership to reach 300 points by capturing “Counters” in tricks.
If both sides exceed 300 points at the end of the same hand, the higher total wins. In the case of a tie,
play another hand to determine the winner. Note: Some players may prefer to decide how many hands
they will play, then declare as winners the partnership that has the higher score when they’ve played
the pre-designated number of hands.
The Game for 2 Players
Dealing: Remove all 1’s, 2’s, 3’s and the Rook Bird card, for a total of 44 cards.
Choose partners: If you wish, draw for partners. High cards play against low cards.
Shuffle and cut the deck, then deal out 12 cards into three piles – one for your opponent, one for you, and
a dummy hand that is to your right. Deal half of the dummy hand cards faceup and the other half facedown.
At the end, take the remaining eight cards, put five into a nest, and put the other three aside, out of play.
Choose the dealer: Players draw cards for fi rst deal. Highest card deals.
Object: 300 points wins the game.
Dealing: The basic deck consists of 56 cards, numbered 1 through 14 in each of four different colors
(green, red, black and yellow). For this game, remove the 1’s, 2’s, 3’s and 4’s from the deck and add the
Rook Bird card, for a total of 41 cards.
Bidding: See the Partnership Game. The minimum bid is 50 points. Note that the three cards out of play
may be Counters!
Shuffle and cut the deck, then deal out all cards one at a time, including a five-card nest. To deal the nest:
Deal around the table until everyone has received his or her fi rst card, then place one card facedown in
the center of the table as the fi rst nest card. Repeat until there are five cards in the nest, then deal out the
remaining cards.
Playing: After trump is called, turn the facedown half of the dummy hand faceup, so that all of the cards
in the dummy hand are now faceup. The player who did not win the bid will play the dummy hand in
addition to his or her own, effectively playing for two players. The dummy hand leads the fi rst card.
All tricks won by the dummy hand should be placed next to that hand so the players remember to lead
from the dummy hand on the next trick. At the end of the hand, the Counters scored by the bidder are
compared to the Counters scored by the other player and the dummy hand combined.
Players must keep their hands secret from all other players.
At the start of each hand, the player to the left of the previous dealer deals.
Misdeal: If any card as high as a 10 is exposed during the deal, a new deal is required. If any card, even
though it is lower than a 10, is exposed, it is the right of any player to demand a new deal. In either case
the same dealer re-deals.
Counters: Only certain cards in the deck, called “Counters,”
have point values:
Each 5
Scoring: See the Partnership Game. The score could be as low as 70 or as high as 100.
The Game for 3 Individual Players
Dealing: Same as the 2-player game, except do not deal a dummy hand.
Object: 200 points wins the game.
Bidding: See the Partnership Game. The minimum bid is 50 points. Note that the three cards out of play
may be Counters!
Scoring: See the Partnership Game. The score could be as low as 70 or as high as 100.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Points
Each 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Points
Playing: See the Original Game for 2 Players, except that the person who wins the bid plays against the
other two players, who automatically become partners. These two players’ scores are combined at the
end of the hand.
Rook Bird Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Points
The Game for 5 or 6 Individual Players
The Counters are the only cards that have value for scoring. Each partnership’s score is the sum of all the
Counters in the tricks they captured. Note: If the declarer and his or her partner do not capture enough
Counters to make a score equal to the bid, the partnership is set back the full amount of the bid, and they
get no credit for the Counters they captured. If they capture more than their bid, full credit is given for
all Counters. If your partnership did not win the bid, you still receive points for your Counters.
Dealing: Use the basic deck of 56 cards; do not use the Rook Bird card. For five players, deal a 6-card
nest. For 6 players, deal a two-card nest.
Each 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Points
Bidding: Players bid for the privilege of choosing the trump color. There is a great advantage in being
the player who chooses trump color, since a trump card can capture any card of any other color.
Your opening bid must be at least 70 points. Bids must be divisible by 5, such as 70, 75, 80. You are
bidding the number of points (from Counters) you think you and your partner will be able to capture with
your hands provided you are able to name the color that will be trump. If you captured all Counters you
would score 120 points. You should remember, there’s always a risk when you take the bid!
To calculate what you could bid, add up the value of the Counters in your hand and look at the number
of high cards you have. Also look at the distribution of colors; if you have no cards of one color, you can
trump in (with the color you named) when that color is led and win the trick.
Object: 150 points wins the game.
Bidding: See the Partnership Game. The minimum bid is 30 points.
Scoring: See the Partnership Game. Total points for each hand are 100.
Playing: See the Partnership Game.
CARD-PLAYING TERMS FOR NEW PLAYERS
Trick: One player “leads” a card faceup on the table from his/her hand, and each other player in turn
lays a card on it. The highest card of the color led “takes the trick” unless someone plays a trump; then
the trump (or highest trump) card takes it.
Bidding starts with the player on the dealer’s left and passes clockwise.
Trump: The player who bid highest “picks trump,” naming one of the four colors to be trump for that
hand. Now any card of the trump color is more powerful and beats any card of another color.
You may, but need not, bid on your turn. Either bid at least 5 points higher than the last bidder or say,
“I pass.” Having passed, you may not bid again for that hand. Bidding continues in turn until no player
will bid higher.
Bid: Before the trick-taking play begins, all players bid (as in an auction) for the privilege of naming the
trump color. During the hand, the player who bid the highest and thus “took the bid” must win enough
tricks to capture Counters worth enough points to equal or exceed the amount of the bid.
Scoring: At the end of the hand, players count up the Counters in the tricks they have taken in order to
calculate their scores for the hand. A high bidder who does not capture the number of points at least
After adding the nest to his or her hand and discarding five cards, the high bidder announces trump
color, usually the color in which he or she holds the most cards.
Playing: After trump color has been announced, the player to the left of the dealer (who may or may not
be the highest bidder) “leads” any card of any color faceup to the center of the table. Play passes to the
left, each player in turn playing one card faceup. After each player has played, the highest card of the
color led takes all the cards played. This is called “taking a trick”.
Note: Unless you play the Rook Bird card, you must “ follow suit” if possible. If you have a card of the
color led, you must play that color. If you can’t follow suit, you may throw away a worthless card, play
the Rook Bird card or play a trump. The highest card of the color led takes the trick unless this trick is
trumped, in which case the highest trump takes the trick. The Rook Bird takes any trick on which it is
played --- it trumps trump! Remember, you and your partner will add your Counters together so, if you
think your partner may take the trick, play a Counter.
The person who takes the trick makes the next lead. When you take a trick, place it facedown on the
table. With the exception of the one just played, tricks may not be reviewed until the hand is completed.
The player who takes the last trick captures the nest and scores any Counters found in it.
Nest: A number of cards dealt to the table and “won” by the highest bidder. These cards may be
exchanged for the same number of cards in the high bidder’s hand. The high bidder is the only player
who knows which cards are in the nest and therefore out of play.
We will be happy to hear your questions or comments about this game. US consumers please write to:
Hasbro Games, Consumer Affairs Dept., P.O. Box 200, Pawtucket, RI 02862. Tel: 888-836-7025 (toll
free). Canadian consumers please write to: Hasbro Canada Corporation, 2350 de la Province, Longueuil,
QC Canada, J4G 1G2. European consumers please write to: Hasbro UK Ltd., Hasbro Consumer Affairs,
P.O. BOX 43, Caswell Way, Newport, Wales, NP194YD, or telephone our Helpline on 00 800 2242 7276.
© 2008 Hasbro, Pawtucket, RI 02862. All Rights Reserved. TM & ® denote U.S. Trademarks.
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The nest: The highest bidder adds the five cards in the nest to his/her hand, then lays down any five
cards to one side. You may bury Counters in the new nest if you wish, or take this opportunity to
discard one or two colors completely so you can trump these colors when they are led against you.
The player who takes the last trick captures the nest as well; for this reason, you may want to put
“eggs” into the nest, such as unprotected 10’s and 5’s, if you think you’ll take the last trick.
equal to his/her bid “goes down” and subtracts the total amount of that bid.
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Bidding example: Four people (A, B, C, and D) are playing. B has six high green cards (including
Counters) and some each of the other colors. A, on the dealer’s left, examines his hand and bids 70.
B bids 80. C, having a poor hand, passes. D bids 85. Player A then has a chance to bid again, and
bids 90. B, having a strong hand, bids 95. C, having already passed, may not bid again. Next, D
passes. Now A passes. B takes the bid at 95, then collects the nest.
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ROOK INSTRUCTIONS (USA)
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Rook Bird card: The Original Rook Game uses the powerful Rook Bird card, which is used as the
highest trump card no matter what color is named as trump.
• You may play the Rook Bird card at any time, regardless of the color led and regardless of the other
cards in your hand. It is the only card that has this privilege.
• If the Rook Bird card is led, all other players must play a trump, if they have one.
• If trump color is led and you have no other trump card, you must play the Rook Bird.
Scoring: When all cards in the hand have been played, each partnership adds up the Counters it captured.
The partners’ scores are added together. Play until one partnership reaches 300 points and wins.
Scoring example: The partnership that took the bid at 95 (see Bidding Example) captured only 75 points
in Counters. The full 95 points are deducted from their score (or they’re given -95, if it’s the fi rst hand);
they do not score the 75 points they captured. Their opponents, who captured the remaining Counters,
score 45 points.
Penalties: A penalty of 40 points is deducted from the score of the partnership of any player who
discards the incorrect number of cards to the nest, or makes any “table talk” suggestions to affect the
partner’s play. If a player “reneges” by playing a card of a different color when he or she could have
followed suit, the error may be corrected if discovered before the next trick is taken. If the error is not
discovered until later, the hand is ended, and the side that made the error is set back the full amount of
the bid, regardless of who made the bid for that hand. The opponents score all the Counters they captured
before the error was discovered.
For individual scoring: If players want to record their individual scores instead of partnership scores,
they should change partners after every four hands, and record each individual score separately.
Thus, at the end of 12 hands, each player will have played game hands with each of the other players.
AGES 8+
2-6 Players
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Card Ga
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Adult
The Original ROOK Partnership Game for 4 Players
CONTENTS
VARIATIONS ON THE ORIGINAL ROOK GAME
57 cards
If you’re new to bidding and trick-taking card games, refer to the
“Card-Playing Terms for New Players” on the back page before reading the ROOK rules.
These variations follow the same format as the Original ROOK Partnership Game. The basic rules are
not repeated for each variation.
Object of the Game: To be the fi rst partnership to reach 300 points by capturing “Counters” in tricks.
If both sides exceed 300 points at the end of the same hand, the higher total wins. In the case of a tie,
play another hand to determine the winner. Note: Some players may prefer to decide how many hands
they will play, then declare as winners the partnership that has the higher score when they’ve played
the pre-designated number of hands.
The Game for 2 Players
Dealing: Remove all 1’s, 2’s, 3’s and the Rook Bird card, for a total of 44 cards.
Choose partners: If you wish, draw for partners. High cards play against low cards.
Shuffle and cut the deck, then deal out 12 cards into three piles – one for your opponent, one for you, and
a dummy hand that is to your right. Deal half of the dummy hand cards faceup and the other half facedown.
At the end, take the remaining eight cards, put five into a nest, and put the other three aside, out of play.
Choose the dealer: Players draw cards for fi rst deal. Highest card deals.
Object: 300 points wins the game.
Dealing: The basic deck consists of 56 cards, numbered 1 through 14 in each of four different colors
(green, red, black and yellow). For this game, remove the 1’s, 2’s, 3’s and 4’s from the deck and add the
Rook Bird card, for a total of 41 cards.
Bidding: See the Partnership Game. The minimum bid is 50 points. Note that the three cards out of play
may be Counters!
Shuffle and cut the deck, then deal out all cards one at a time, including a five-card nest. To deal the nest:
Deal around the table until everyone has received his or her fi rst card, then place one card facedown in
the center of the table as the fi rst nest card. Repeat until there are five cards in the nest, then deal out the
remaining cards.
Playing: After trump is called, turn the facedown half of the dummy hand faceup, so that all of the cards
in the dummy hand are now faceup. The player who did not win the bid will play the dummy hand in
addition to his or her own, effectively playing for two players. The dummy hand leads the fi rst card.
All tricks won by the dummy hand should be placed next to that hand so the players remember to lead
from the dummy hand on the next trick. At the end of the hand, the Counters scored by the bidder are
compared to the Counters scored by the other player and the dummy hand combined.
Players must keep their hands secret from all other players.
At the start of each hand, the player to the left of the previous dealer deals.
Misdeal: If any card as high as a 10 is exposed during the deal, a new deal is required. If any card, even
though it is lower than a 10, is exposed, it is the right of any player to demand a new deal. In either case
the same dealer re-deals.
Counters: Only certain cards in the deck, called “Counters,”
have point values:
Each 5
Scoring: See the Partnership Game. The score could be as low as 70 or as high as 100.
The Game for 3 Individual Players
Dealing: Same as the 2-player game, except do not deal a dummy hand.
Object: 200 points wins the game.
Bidding: See the Partnership Game. The minimum bid is 50 points. Note that the three cards out of play
may be Counters!
Scoring: See the Partnership Game. The score could be as low as 70 or as high as 100.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Points
Each 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Points
Playing: See the Original Game for 2 Players, except that the person who wins the bid plays against the
other two players, who automatically become partners. These two players’ scores are combined at the
end of the hand.
Rook Bird Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Points
The Game for 5 or 6 Individual Players
The Counters are the only cards that have value for scoring. Each partnership’s score is the sum of all the
Counters in the tricks they captured. Note: If the declarer and his or her partner do not capture enough
Counters to make a score equal to the bid, the partnership is set back the full amount of the bid, and they
get no credit for the Counters they captured. If they capture more than their bid, full credit is given for
all Counters. If your partnership did not win the bid, you still receive points for your Counters.
Dealing: Use the basic deck of 56 cards; do not use the Rook Bird card. For five players, deal a 6-card
nest. For 6 players, deal a two-card nest.
Each 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Points
Bidding: Players bid for the privilege of choosing the trump color. There is a great advantage in being
the player who chooses trump color, since a trump card can capture any card of any other color.
Your opening bid must be at least 70 points. Bids must be divisible by 5, such as 70, 75, 80. You are
bidding the number of points (from Counters) you think you and your partner will be able to capture with
your hands provided you are able to name the color that will be trump. If you captured all Counters you
would score 120 points. You should remember, there’s always a risk when you take the bid!
To calculate what you could bid, add up the value of the Counters in your hand and look at the number
of high cards you have. Also look at the distribution of colors; if you have no cards of one color, you can
trump in (with the color you named) when that color is led and win the trick.
Object: 150 points wins the game.
Bidding: See the Partnership Game. The minimum bid is 30 points.
Scoring: See the Partnership Game. Total points for each hand are 100.
Playing: See the Partnership Game.
CARD-PLAYING TERMS FOR NEW PLAYERS
Trick: One player “leads” a card faceup on the table from his/her hand, and each other player in turn
lays a card on it. The highest card of the color led “takes the trick” unless someone plays a trump; then
the trump (or highest trump) card takes it.
Bidding starts with the player on the dealer’s left and passes clockwise.
Trump: The player who bid highest “picks trump,” naming one of the four colors to be trump for that
hand. Now any card of the trump color is more powerful and beats any card of another color.
You may, but need not, bid on your turn. Either bid at least 5 points higher than the last bidder or say,
“I pass.” Having passed, you may not bid again for that hand. Bidding continues in turn until no player
will bid higher.
Bid: Before the trick-taking play begins, all players bid (as in an auction) for the privilege of naming the
trump color. During the hand, the player who bid the highest and thus “took the bid” must win enough
tricks to capture Counters worth enough points to equal or exceed the amount of the bid.
Scoring: At the end of the hand, players count up the Counters in the tricks they have taken in order to
calculate their scores for the hand. A high bidder who does not capture the number of points at least
After adding the nest to his or her hand and discarding five cards, the high bidder announces trump
color, usually the color in which he or she holds the most cards.
Playing: After trump color has been announced, the player to the left of the dealer (who may or may not
be the highest bidder) “leads” any card of any color faceup to the center of the table. Play passes to the
left, each player in turn playing one card faceup. After each player has played, the highest card of the
color led takes all the cards played. This is called “taking a trick”.
Note: Unless you play the Rook Bird card, you must “ follow suit” if possible. If you have a card of the
color led, you must play that color. If you can’t follow suit, you may throw away a worthless card, play
the Rook Bird card or play a trump. The highest card of the color led takes the trick unless this trick is
trumped, in which case the highest trump takes the trick. The Rook Bird takes any trick on which it is
played --- it trumps trump! Remember, you and your partner will add your Counters together so, if you
think your partner may take the trick, play a Counter.
The person who takes the trick makes the next lead. When you take a trick, place it facedown on the
table. With the exception of the one just played, tricks may not be reviewed until the hand is completed.
The player who takes the last trick captures the nest and scores any Counters found in it.
Nest: A number of cards dealt to the table and “won” by the highest bidder. These cards may be
exchanged for the same number of cards in the high bidder’s hand. The high bidder is the only player
who knows which cards are in the nest and therefore out of play.
We will be happy to hear your questions or comments about this game. US consumers please write to:
Hasbro Games, Consumer Affairs Dept., P.O. Box 200, Pawtucket, RI 02862. Tel: 888-836-7025 (toll
free). Canadian consumers please write to: Hasbro Canada Corporation, 2350 de la Province, Longueuil,
QC Canada, J4G 1G2. European consumers please write to: Hasbro UK Ltd., Hasbro Consumer Affairs,
P.O. BOX 43, Caswell Way, Newport, Wales, NP194YD, or telephone our Helpline on 00 800 2242 7276.
© 2008 Hasbro, Pawtucket, RI 02862. All Rights Reserved. TM & ® denote U.S. Trademarks.
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The nest: The highest bidder adds the five cards in the nest to his/her hand, then lays down any five
cards to one side. You may bury Counters in the new nest if you wish, or take this opportunity to
discard one or two colors completely so you can trump these colors when they are led against you.
The player who takes the last trick captures the nest as well; for this reason, you may want to put
“eggs” into the nest, such as unprotected 10’s and 5’s, if you think you’ll take the last trick.
equal to his/her bid “goes down” and subtracts the total amount of that bid.
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Bidding example: Four people (A, B, C, and D) are playing. B has six high green cards (including
Counters) and some each of the other colors. A, on the dealer’s left, examines his hand and bids 70.
B bids 80. C, having a poor hand, passes. D bids 85. Player A then has a chance to bid again, and
bids 90. B, having a strong hand, bids 95. C, having already passed, may not bid again. Next, D
passes. Now A passes. B takes the bid at 95, then collects the nest.
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ROOK INSTRUCTIONS (USA)
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Rook Bird card: The Original Rook Game uses the powerful Rook Bird card, which is used as the
highest trump card no matter what color is named as trump.
• You may play the Rook Bird card at any time, regardless of the color led and regardless of the other
cards in your hand. It is the only card that has this privilege.
• If the Rook Bird card is led, all other players must play a trump, if they have one.
• If trump color is led and you have no other trump card, you must play the Rook Bird.
Scoring: When all cards in the hand have been played, each partnership adds up the Counters it captured.
The partners’ scores are added together. Play until one partnership reaches 300 points and wins.
Scoring example: The partnership that took the bid at 95 (see Bidding Example) captured only 75 points
in Counters. The full 95 points are deducted from their score (or they’re given -95, if it’s the fi rst hand);
they do not score the 75 points they captured. Their opponents, who captured the remaining Counters,
score 45 points.
Penalties: A penalty of 40 points is deducted from the score of the partnership of any player who
discards the incorrect number of cards to the nest, or makes any “table talk” suggestions to affect the
partner’s play. If a player “reneges” by playing a card of a different color when he or she could have
followed suit, the error may be corrected if discovered before the next trick is taken. If the error is not
discovered until later, the hand is ended, and the side that made the error is set back the full amount of
the bid, regardless of who made the bid for that hand. The opponents score all the Counters they captured
before the error was discovered.
For individual scoring: If players want to record their individual scores instead of partnership scores,
they should change partners after every four hands, and record each individual score separately.
Thus, at the end of 12 hands, each player will have played game hands with each of the other players.
AGES 8+
2-6 Players
m
Card Ga
e
®
Adult
The Original ROOK Partnership Game for 4 Players
CONTENTS
VARIATIONS ON THE ORIGINAL ROOK GAME
57 cards
If you’re new to bidding and trick-taking card games, refer to the
“Card-Playing Terms for New Players” on the back page before reading the ROOK rules.
These variations follow the same format as the Original ROOK Partnership Game. The basic rules are
not repeated for each variation.
Object of the Game: To be the fi rst partnership to reach 300 points by capturing “Counters” in tricks.
If both sides exceed 300 points at the end of the same hand, the higher total wins. In the case of a tie,
play another hand to determine the winner. Note: Some players may prefer to decide how many hands
they will play, then declare as winners the partnership that has the higher score when they’ve played
the pre-designated number of hands.
The Game for 2 Players
Dealing: Remove all 1’s, 2’s, 3’s and the Rook Bird card, for a total of 44 cards.
Choose partners: If you wish, draw for partners. High cards play against low cards.
Shuffle and cut the deck, then deal out 12 cards into three piles – one for your opponent, one for you, and
a dummy hand that is to your right. Deal half of the dummy hand cards faceup and the other half facedown.
At the end, take the remaining eight cards, put five into a nest, and put the other three aside, out of play.
Choose the dealer: Players draw cards for fi rst deal. Highest card deals.
Object: 300 points wins the game.
Dealing: The basic deck consists of 56 cards, numbered 1 through 14 in each of four different colors
(green, red, black and yellow). For this game, remove the 1’s, 2’s, 3’s and 4’s from the deck and add the
Rook Bird card, for a total of 41 cards.
Bidding: See the Partnership Game. The minimum bid is 50 points. Note that the three cards out of play
may be Counters!
Shuffle and cut the deck, then deal out all cards one at a time, including a five-card nest. To deal the nest:
Deal around the table until everyone has received his or her fi rst card, then place one card facedown in
the center of the table as the fi rst nest card. Repeat until there are five cards in the nest, then deal out the
remaining cards.
Playing: After trump is called, turn the facedown half of the dummy hand faceup, so that all of the cards
in the dummy hand are now faceup. The player who did not win the bid will play the dummy hand in
addition to his or her own, effectively playing for two players. The dummy hand leads the fi rst card.
All tricks won by the dummy hand should be placed next to that hand so the players remember to lead
from the dummy hand on the next trick. At the end of the hand, the Counters scored by the bidder are
compared to the Counters scored by the other player and the dummy hand combined.
Players must keep their hands secret from all other players.
At the start of each hand, the player to the left of the previous dealer deals.
Misdeal: If any card as high as a 10 is exposed during the deal, a new deal is required. If any card, even
though it is lower than a 10, is exposed, it is the right of any player to demand a new deal. In either case
the same dealer re-deals.
Counters: Only certain cards in the deck, called “Counters,”
have point values:
Each 5
Scoring: See the Partnership Game. The score could be as low as 70 or as high as 100.
The Game for 3 Individual Players
Dealing: Same as the 2-player game, except do not deal a dummy hand.
Object: 200 points wins the game.
Bidding: See the Partnership Game. The minimum bid is 50 points. Note that the three cards out of play
may be Counters!
Scoring: See the Partnership Game. The score could be as low as 70 or as high as 100.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Points
Each 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Points
Playing: See the Original Game for 2 Players, except that the person who wins the bid plays against the
other two players, who automatically become partners. These two players’ scores are combined at the
end of the hand.
Rook Bird Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Points
The Game for 5 or 6 Individual Players
The Counters are the only cards that have value for scoring. Each partnership’s score is the sum of all the
Counters in the tricks they captured. Note: If the declarer and his or her partner do not capture enough
Counters to make a score equal to the bid, the partnership is set back the full amount of the bid, and they
get no credit for the Counters they captured. If they capture more than their bid, full credit is given for
all Counters. If your partnership did not win the bid, you still receive points for your Counters.
Dealing: Use the basic deck of 56 cards; do not use the Rook Bird card. For five players, deal a 6-card
nest. For 6 players, deal a two-card nest.
Each 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Points
Bidding: Players bid for the privilege of choosing the trump color. There is a great advantage in being
the player who chooses trump color, since a trump card can capture any card of any other color.
Your opening bid must be at least 70 points. Bids must be divisible by 5, such as 70, 75, 80. You are
bidding the number of points (from Counters) you think you and your partner will be able to capture with
your hands provided you are able to name the color that will be trump. If you captured all Counters you
would score 120 points. You should remember, there’s always a risk when you take the bid!
To calculate what you could bid, add up the value of the Counters in your hand and look at the number
of high cards you have. Also look at the distribution of colors; if you have no cards of one color, you can
trump in (with the color you named) when that color is led and win the trick.
Object: 150 points wins the game.
Bidding: See the Partnership Game. The minimum bid is 30 points.
Scoring: See the Partnership Game. Total points for each hand are 100.
Playing: See the Partnership Game.
CARD-PLAYING TERMS FOR NEW PLAYERS
Trick: One player “leads” a card faceup on the table from his/her hand, and each other player in turn
lays a card on it. The highest card of the color led “takes the trick” unless someone plays a trump; then
the trump (or highest trump) card takes it.
Bidding starts with the player on the dealer’s left and passes clockwise.
Trump: The player who bid highest “picks trump,” naming one of the four colors to be trump for that
hand. Now any card of the trump color is more powerful and beats any card of another color.
You may, but need not, bid on your turn. Either bid at least 5 points higher than the last bidder or say,
“I pass.” Having passed, you may not bid again for that hand. Bidding continues in turn until no player
will bid higher.
Bid: Before the trick-taking play begins, all players bid (as in an auction) for the privilege of naming the
trump color. During the hand, the player who bid the highest and thus “took the bid” must win enough
tricks to capture Counters worth enough points to equal or exceed the amount of the bid.
Scoring: At the end of the hand, players count up the Counters in the tricks they have taken in order to
calculate their scores for the hand. A high bidder who does not capture the number of points at least
After adding the nest to his or her hand and discarding five cards, the high bidder announces trump
color, usually the color in which he or she holds the most cards.
Playing: After trump color has been announced, the player to the left of the dealer (who may or may not
be the highest bidder) “leads” any card of any color faceup to the center of the table. Play passes to the
left, each player in turn playing one card faceup. After each player has played, the highest card of the
color led takes all the cards played. This is called “taking a trick”.
Note: Unless you play the Rook Bird card, you must “ follow suit” if possible. If you have a card of the
color led, you must play that color. If you can’t follow suit, you may throw away a worthless card, play
the Rook Bird card or play a trump. The highest card of the color led takes the trick unless this trick is
trumped, in which case the highest trump takes the trick. The Rook Bird takes any trick on which it is
played --- it trumps trump! Remember, you and your partner will add your Counters together so, if you
think your partner may take the trick, play a Counter.
The person who takes the trick makes the next lead. When you take a trick, place it facedown on the
table. With the exception of the one just played, tricks may not be reviewed until the hand is completed.
The player who takes the last trick captures the nest and scores any Counters found in it.
Nest: A number of cards dealt to the table and “won” by the highest bidder. These cards may be
exchanged for the same number of cards in the high bidder’s hand. The high bidder is the only player
who knows which cards are in the nest and therefore out of play.
We will be happy to hear your questions or comments about this game. US consumers please write to:
Hasbro Games, Consumer Affairs Dept., P.O. Box 200, Pawtucket, RI 02862. Tel: 888-836-7025 (toll
free). Canadian consumers please write to: Hasbro Canada Corporation, 2350 de la Province, Longueuil,
QC Canada, J4G 1G2. European consumers please write to: Hasbro UK Ltd., Hasbro Consumer Affairs,
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The nest: The highest bidder adds the five cards in the nest to his/her hand, then lays down any five
cards to one side. You may bury Counters in the new nest if you wish, or take this opportunity to
discard one or two colors completely so you can trump these colors when they are led against you.
The player who takes the last trick captures the nest as well; for this reason, you may want to put
“eggs” into the nest, such as unprotected 10’s and 5’s, if you think you’ll take the last trick.
equal to his/her bid “goes down” and subtracts the total amount of that bid.
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Bidding example: Four people (A, B, C, and D) are playing. B has six high green cards (including
Counters) and some each of the other colors. A, on the dealer’s left, examines his hand and bids 70.
B bids 80. C, having a poor hand, passes. D bids 85. Player A then has a chance to bid again, and
bids 90. B, having a strong hand, bids 95. C, having already passed, may not bid again. Next, D
passes. Now A passes. B takes the bid at 95, then collects the nest.
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Rook Bird card: The Original Rook Game uses the powerful Rook Bird card, which is used as the
highest trump card no matter what color is named as trump.
• You may play the Rook Bird card at any time, regardless of the color led and regardless of the other
cards in your hand. It is the only card that has this privilege.
• If the Rook Bird card is led, all other players must play a trump, if they have one.
• If trump color is led and you have no other trump card, you must play the Rook Bird.
Scoring: When all cards in the hand have been played, each partnership adds up the Counters it captured.
The partners’ scores are added together. Play until one partnership reaches 300 points and wins.
Scoring example: The partnership that took the bid at 95 (see Bidding Example) captured only 75 points
in Counters. The full 95 points are deducted from their score (or they’re given -95, if it’s the fi rst hand);
they do not score the 75 points they captured. Their opponents, who captured the remaining Counters,
score 45 points.
Penalties: A penalty of 40 points is deducted from the score of the partnership of any player who
discards the incorrect number of cards to the nest, or makes any “table talk” suggestions to affect the
partner’s play. If a player “reneges” by playing a card of a different color when he or she could have
followed suit, the error may be corrected if discovered before the next trick is taken. If the error is not
discovered until later, the hand is ended, and the side that made the error is set back the full amount of
the bid, regardless of who made the bid for that hand. The opponents score all the Counters they captured
before the error was discovered.
For individual scoring: If players want to record their individual scores instead of partnership scores,
they should change partners after every four hands, and record each individual score separately.
Thus, at the end of 12 hands, each player will have played game hands with each of the other players.
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The Original ROOK Partnership Game for 4 Players
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VARIATIONS ON THE ORIGINAL ROOK GAME
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If you’re new to bidding and trick-taking card games, refer to the
“Card-Playing Terms for New Players” on the back page before reading the ROOK rules.
These variations follow the same format as the Original ROOK Partnership Game. The basic rules are
not repeated for each variation.
Object of the Game: To be the fi rst partnership to reach 300 points by capturing “Counters” in tricks.
If both sides exceed 300 points at the end of the same hand, the higher total wins. In the case of a tie,
play another hand to determine the winner. Note: Some players may prefer to decide how many hands
they will play, then declare as winners the partnership that has the higher score when they’ve played
the pre-designated number of hands.
The Game for 2 Players
Dealing: Remove all 1’s, 2’s, 3’s and the Rook Bird card, for a total of 44 cards.
Choose partners: If you wish, draw for partners. High cards play against low cards.
Shuffle and cut the deck, then deal out 12 cards into three piles – one for your opponent, one for you, and
a dummy hand that is to your right. Deal half of the dummy hand cards faceup and the other half facedown.
At the end, take the remaining eight cards, put five into a nest, and put the other three aside, out of play.
Choose the dealer: Players draw cards for fi rst deal. Highest card deals.
Object: 300 points wins the game.
Dealing: The basic deck consists of 56 cards, numbered 1 through 14 in each of four different colors
(green, red, black and yellow). For this game, remove the 1’s, 2’s, 3’s and 4’s from the deck and add the
Rook Bird card, for a total of 41 cards.
Bidding: See the Partnership Game. The minimum bid is 50 points. Note that the three cards out of play
may be Counters!
Shuffle and cut the deck, then deal out all cards one at a time, including a five-card nest. To deal the nest:
Deal around the table until everyone has received his or her fi rst card, then place one card facedown in
the center of the table as the fi rst nest card. Repeat until there are five cards in the nest, then deal out the
remaining cards.
Playing: After trump is called, turn the facedown half of the dummy hand faceup, so that all of the cards
in the dummy hand are now faceup. The player who did not win the bid will play the dummy hand in
addition to his or her own, effectively playing for two players. The dummy hand leads the fi rst card.
All tricks won by the dummy hand should be placed next to that hand so the players remember to lead
from the dummy hand on the next trick. At the end of the hand, the Counters scored by the bidder are
compared to the Counters scored by the other player and the dummy hand combined.
Players must keep their hands secret from all other players.
At the start of each hand, the player to the left of the previous dealer deals.
Misdeal: If any card as high as a 10 is exposed during the deal, a new deal is required. If any card, even
though it is lower than a 10, is exposed, it is the right of any player to demand a new deal. In either case
the same dealer re-deals.
Counters: Only certain cards in the deck, called “Counters,”
have point values:
Each 5
Scoring: See the Partnership Game. The score could be as low as 70 or as high as 100.
The Game for 3 Individual Players
Dealing: Same as the 2-player game, except do not deal a dummy hand.
Object: 200 points wins the game.
Bidding: See the Partnership Game. The minimum bid is 50 points. Note that the three cards out of play
may be Counters!
Scoring: See the Partnership Game. The score could be as low as 70 or as high as 100.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Points
Each 14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Points
Playing: See the Original Game for 2 Players, except that the person who wins the bid plays against the
other two players, who automatically become partners. These two players’ scores are combined at the
end of the hand.
Rook Bird Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Points
The Game for 5 or 6 Individual Players
The Counters are the only cards that have value for scoring. Each partnership’s score is the sum of all the
Counters in the tricks they captured. Note: If the declarer and his or her partner do not capture enough
Counters to make a score equal to the bid, the partnership is set back the full amount of the bid, and they
get no credit for the Counters they captured. If they capture more than their bid, full credit is given for
all Counters. If your partnership did not win the bid, you still receive points for your Counters.
Dealing: Use the basic deck of 56 cards; do not use the Rook Bird card. For five players, deal a 6-card
nest. For 6 players, deal a two-card nest.
Each 10 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Points
Bidding: Players bid for the privilege of choosing the trump color. There is a great advantage in being
the player who chooses trump color, since a trump card can capture any card of any other color.
Your opening bid must be at least 70 points. Bids must be divisible by 5, such as 70, 75, 80. You are
bidding the number of points (from Counters) you think you and your partner will be able to capture with
your hands provided you are able to name the color that will be trump. If you captured all Counters you
would score 120 points. You should remember, there’s always a risk when you take the bid!
To calculate what you could bid, add up the value of the Counters in your hand and look at the number
of high cards you have. Also look at the distribution of colors; if you have no cards of one color, you can
trump in (with the color you named) when that color is led and win the trick.
Object: 150 points wins the game.
Bidding: See the Partnership Game. The minimum bid is 30 points.
Scoring: See the Partnership Game. Total points for each hand are 100.
Playing: See the Partnership Game.
CARD-PLAYING TERMS FOR NEW PLAYERS
Trick: One player “leads” a card faceup on the table from his/her hand, and each other player in turn
lays a card on it. The highest card of the color led “takes the trick” unless someone plays a trump; then
the trump (or highest trump) card takes it.
Bidding starts with the player on the dealer’s left and passes clockwise.
Trump: The player who bid highest “picks trump,” naming one of the four colors to be trump for that
hand. Now any card of the trump color is more powerful and beats any card of another color.
You may, but need not, bid on your turn. Either bid at least 5 points higher than the last bidder or say,
“I pass.” Having passed, you may not bid again for that hand. Bidding continues in turn until no player
will bid higher.
Bid: Before the trick-taking play begins, all players bid (as in an auction) for the privilege of naming the
trump color. During the hand, the player who bid the highest and thus “took the bid” must win enough
tricks to capture Counters worth enough points to equal or exceed the amount of the bid.
Scoring: At the end of the hand, players count up the Counters in the tricks they have taken in order to
calculate their scores for the hand. A high bidder who does not capture the number of points at least
After adding the nest to his or her hand and discarding five cards, the high bidder announces trump
color, usually the color in which he or she holds the most cards.
Playing: After trump color has been announced, the player to the left of the dealer (who may or may not
be the highest bidder) “leads” any card of any color faceup to the center of the table. Play passes to the
left, each player in turn playing one card faceup. After each player has played, the highest card of the
color led takes all the cards played. This is called “taking a trick”.
Note: Unless you play the Rook Bird card, you must “ follow suit” if possible. If you have a card of the
color led, you must play that color. If you can’t follow suit, you may throw away a worthless card, play
the Rook Bird card or play a trump. The highest card of the color led takes the trick unless this trick is
trumped, in which case the highest trump takes the trick. The Rook Bird takes any trick on which it is
played --- it trumps trump! Remember, you and your partner will add your Counters together so, if you
think your partner may take the trick, play a Counter.
The person who takes the trick makes the next lead. When you take a trick, place it facedown on the
table. With the exception of the one just played, tricks may not be reviewed until the hand is completed.
The player who takes the last trick captures the nest and scores any Counters found in it.
Nest: A number of cards dealt to the table and “won” by the highest bidder. These cards may be
exchanged for the same number of cards in the high bidder’s hand. The high bidder is the only player
who knows which cards are in the nest and therefore out of play.
We will be happy to hear your questions or comments about this game. US consumers please write to:
Hasbro Games, Consumer Affairs Dept., P.O. Box 200, Pawtucket, RI 02862. Tel: 888-836-7025 (toll
free). Canadian consumers please write to: Hasbro Canada Corporation, 2350 de la Province, Longueuil,
QC Canada, J4G 1G2. European consumers please write to: Hasbro UK Ltd., Hasbro Consumer Affairs,
P.O. BOX 43, Caswell Way, Newport, Wales, NP194YD, or telephone our Helpline on 00 800 2242 7276.
© 2008 Hasbro, Pawtucket, RI 02862. All Rights Reserved. TM & ® denote U.S. Trademarks.
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The nest: The highest bidder adds the five cards in the nest to his/her hand, then lays down any five
cards to one side. You may bury Counters in the new nest if you wish, or take this opportunity to
discard one or two colors completely so you can trump these colors when they are led against you.
The player who takes the last trick captures the nest as well; for this reason, you may want to put
“eggs” into the nest, such as unprotected 10’s and 5’s, if you think you’ll take the last trick.
equal to his/her bid “goes down” and subtracts the total amount of that bid.
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Bidding example: Four people (A, B, C, and D) are playing. B has six high green cards (including
Counters) and some each of the other colors. A, on the dealer’s left, examines his hand and bids 70.
B bids 80. C, having a poor hand, passes. D bids 85. Player A then has a chance to bid again, and
bids 90. B, having a strong hand, bids 95. C, having already passed, may not bid again. Next, D
passes. Now A passes. B takes the bid at 95, then collects the nest.
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