After roaming the aisles at Borders for several hours last night, Daniel, Stephen, Jessica, and I came back here and played a new card game — Meow. It is like UNO on crack. With all of the ridiculous rules, it ends up being so funny. Here’s how to play:
The Rules of Meow
A Variation of UNO using 2 decks of normal playing cards for 2 or more players. (Add decks accordingly.)
To be the first one to get rid of all your cards.
Starting the Game:
Seven (7) cards are dealt facedown to each player. The remainder of the cards are put in a Draw Pile with one card turned face up as the Discard Pile. At the word “Go”, everyone picks up their cards. The first person to lay a card that matches the suit or value of the card in the Discard Pile is the starting person, and the round continues clockwise from that person.
Continue laying cards to follow suit or value of the top card on the Discard Pile.
Aces (A) = Skip (the person after the one who laid the Ace loses a turn)
Twos (2) = Draw Two (the next person must draw two cards and loses a turn…unless that person also has a Two, in which case they would lay the Two and the person following them would have to draw four and loses a turn. A maximum of four cards is ever needed to be drawn.)
Fours (4) = Draw Four (the next person must draw four cards and loses a turn)
Eights (8) = Reverse (the direction of play is reversed)
Jacks (J) = Wild (jacks may be played at any time regardless of suit. person lays card and expresses which suit they would like to change it to.)
1. There is no speaking during the game unless noted below.
2. When laying spades, you must say the name of the card you are putting down. (i.e. Two of spades… king of spades.)
3. When giving a penalty card, you must state the reason for the penalty. (i.e. Penalty card for going out of order. Penalty card for not saying jack of spades. Etc.)
4. If you receive a penalty card, you must say “Thank you” or you risk getting another penalty card.
5. When you are holding only one card, you must say “Last card”.
6. When you lay your last card, you must say “Meow”.
If anyone needs to speak outside of these parameters, they must say “Stop”. At this time, everyone must put their cards face down. Anyone can speak freely until the person says “Start”, and the cards may be picked up again.
If you are caught breaking any of the rules by going out of turn, speaking when not required, or not speaking when required, you will be given one additional card and lose your turn.
It really is fun, though it can get really violent. There is also a rule that if you win two games in a row you can add your own new rule — such as, you have to say “Huzzah” when you lay a King… or something like that.
I have been obsessed with Google Catalogs today.
Loose Ends — cute catalog with stuff I’d never need
Solutions — which has the oval playing cards that I’m tempted to get
Dining & Company — I love their milk glass dinnerware.
I went to Constance’s book signing this morning. I bought a couple of extra copies for friends… I think every woman should read her book.