The Original ROOK Partnership Game for 4 Players

The Original ROOK Partnership Game for 4 Players
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.
Bidding starts with the player on the dealer’s left and passes clockwise.
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.
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.
The Original ROOK Partnership
Game for 4 Players
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.
You could also try the “Beginner Game (for 4 Players)”. See over.
Object of the Game: To be the first 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.
Choose partners: If you wish, draw for partners. High cards play
against low cards.
Choose the dealer: Players draw cards for first deal.
Highest card deals.
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.
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 first card, then place one card facedown in the center
of the table as the first nest card. Repeat until there are five cards in the
nest, then deal out the remaining cards.
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
Each 10
Each 14
Rook Bird Card
5 Points
10 Points
10 Points
20 Points
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.
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!
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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.
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.
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 first 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
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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Variations on the Original ROOK Game
The Beginner Game (for 4 Players)
The Game for 3 Individual Players
Play ROOK without bidding for trump or using the nest to get into the
swing of things! Perfect for introducing people to the game.
Dealing: Same as the 2-player game, except do not deal a
dummy hand.
Object: Be the first player to score 40 points at the end of a hand.
Get started: All draw a card at random. The person with the highest-
Object: 200 points wins the game.
Bidding: See the Partnership Game. The minimum bid is 50 points.
value card deals. Follow the Dealing instructions for the Original Game.
Counters: The following cards (called “Counters”) have these
points values:
Each 5
1 point
Each 10
2 points
Each 14
2 points
Rook Bird card
4 points
How to determine Trump: Turn over the top card of the nest – that
color will be trump. If it’s the Rook Bird card, put it on the bottom of the
nest and turn over the next card.
You don’t use the nest in the Beginner game, so leave the card turned
over as a reminder of the trump color.
Play: The player to the left of the dealer starts by ‘leading’ with the first
card. The card they play determines the lead color for this trick. Play
continues clockwise.
On your turn:
• Play one card, faceup, into the middle of the table. If you have a card
of the ‘lead’ color, you must play it. If you don’t, play a worthless card,
the Rook Bird card or a trump card.
• When every player has played one card, the person who played the
highest card of the color led takes all of the cards UNLESS someone
has played a trump card, in which case the highest number trump card
wins. If anyone played the Rook Bird card, that trumps everything!
Taking all of the cards is called ‘taking a trick’.
If you took the trick, place all the cards facedown on the table.
You lead the next round.
The Rook Bird card: This is the most powerful card in the game and
trumps everything.
• If the first player leads with the Rook, all other players must play a
trump card.
• If the first player leads with a trump card but you have no cards in the
trump color, you must play the Rook.
• You can play the Rook card on any turn, regardless of the color led.
You can play it even if you have cards of the color led and/or trump
cards in your hand.
Scoring: At the end of each hand, all add up the number of points you
scored and make a note of it. Total up your points after each hand.
Winning: Play until someone’s total reaches 40. If more than one
player reaches 40 at the same time, the highest total wins. If there’s a
tie, play again!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Game for 5 or 6 Individual Players
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.
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.
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.
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 equal to his/her bid “goes down” and subtracts the total
amount of that bid.
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.
Object: 300 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.
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 first 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.
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