I grew up playing Spite and Malice with my Grandma Corky and my family, but it was Grandma that taught me how to play. Recently there was a "rule" question when we were playing with my folks. I googled Spite and Malice and found it is also known as Cat and Mouse, but the "rules" that I found online were not the same that we played with Grandma. I decided to write her version down, because I like it best and it is a very fun family game.
If the players pick up more or less that's okay...
just make sure there is 27 cards in your "squeak" pile. I always wondered why Grandma called it a "squeak" pile, but it must be what they call it in the "Cat and Mouse"
version. All the cards in your "squeak pile" are to remain face down
and the players are not to look at them. Turn over the top card on your
The object of the game is to be the first person to get rid of all the cards in your squeak pile. To do this all the players contribute to 1 to 4 piles around the draw pile. These piles all start with an Ace and go in order up to King...then the pile is set aside. The finished piles are shuffled and used to replenish the draw pile.
All players MUST play any Aces or Deuces (2's) that they have in their hand if they can (i.e. if there is an open space around the draw pile, etc...) In the picture below Reeve did not have any Aces, so he had to lay down one card in his discard pile. There can be up to four cards in your discard pile. At the end of each player's turn they must discard one card into their discard pile. The cards in the discard pile may be used during the player's turn, but only the TOP card in each of the discard piles can be played.
Below: Kyle's turn...He had an Ace in his hand. There were four open play piles around the draw pile, so he HAD to play his Ace. He has a 3 on his squeak pile, so he chose to discard a 3. He did not have a deuce, if he had he would have played it and then played the 3 from his squeak pile. Once you play a card from your squeak pile you immediately turn the next card over. Play it if you can. You can play as many cards from your squeak pile as you can. Jokers are WILD, so if Kyle had a joker he could have used it as a deuce and then played his 3 from his squeak pile. If a player is able to play all 5 cards in their hand before they discard, then they can pick up 5 more cards from the draw pile. Player's turn ends when they discard one card onto their discard pile.
In the pic below there are 3 play piles started.
In the lower left corner you can see that I have a King on my squeak pile and I have started 3 discard piles. My first discard pile has 2 kings, my 2nd has 2 queen's, and my 3rd has an 8. Now I can discard ANY card that I want to on my discard piles. I can only have 4 discard piles AND if I want to use cards from my discard piles I can only use the top cards. For example if there was a Jack on one of the play piles and it was my turn I could only play the queen from my discard pile ONLY if it was the top card.
Generally you will want to play as many cards from your "hand cards" (the cards you hold in your hand) as you can vs. playing cards from your discard piles. You will always want to play your squeak pile cards vs. your hand cards or you discard cards.
Tuesday, January 03, 2012
After a day of projects we had a late lunch and then headed to the coast where the road ends in a lava flow from January 2011.
Sunday, January 01, 2012
Just a few photos from our visit with my parents...around the house and the Big Island.