Traditional Happy Family Old School Card Game
From 2 to 4 players. The idea of the game is to collect whole families.
The dealer deals 6 cards to each player (8 each for 2 players). The remaining cards are placed face down to form a stock.
The player to dealer's left starts. A turn consists of asking a specific player for a specific card from a
family. For example, if it is my turn I might say: 'Mary, Blue family: please, can I have the mother?
The player who asks must already hold at least one card of the requested family, so I must hold at
least one card from the blue family to say this. If the player who was asked (Mary) has the right card
in her deck (the mother from the Blue family in this case), she must give it to the player who asked for
it. That player then gets another turn and may again ask any player for any card already held by the
If the person asked does not have the right card, she says “pick a card!”. The asker must then draw
the top card of the undealt stock. If the drawn card is the one asked for, the asker shows it and says
“lucky dip” and gets another turn. If the drawn card is not the one asked for, the asker keeps it, but
the turn now passes to the next player.
As soon as a player collects a book of 4 (6) cards of the same family, he must say “happy family”.
The cards must be shown and then placed face down. The game continues until either someone has
no cards left in hands or the stock runs out. The winner is the player who then has the most families.