Bully Card Game Instructions (Part 1)
Each player begins with a full deck of cards with its own corresponding color on the back. In this game, player #1 is blue, and player #2 is orange. Each deck should have 2 jokers, make sure to keep them in.
Each player shuffles their own deck and it into piles of 5. There should be 10 piles of five, and 1 pile of 4. put the pile of 4 aside.
The piles are then arranged, face down, into a grid of alternating colors in a checkered pattern. The grid should be 5 across and 4 down. Each pile should be given a small space around them to insure comfortable playing space.
Once the grid is established, each player adds their remaining 4 cards to the grid by placing them on top of their existing cards wherever they are desired. You may put all four cards on one pile, or spread them out.
Play begins by the first player, in this case, player #1, exposing the top card of any one of his or her piles. In response, player #2 exposes the top card in any of his or her adjoining piles. Remember, as the initiator, player #1 may choose any of his or her piles to play from. However, player #2 must respond by choosing an either horizontally or vertically adjoining pile.
The player showing the highest card removes the opponent's card from the grid and places it, face down, in its own pile off the board. The winning card is returned, face down, on the grid. Play is then repeated with player #2 initiating, and so on and so forth.
In Bully, Aces are high and beat all cards up to and including Kings. The only card that beats an Ace is a Joker; and, the only card that beats a Joker is a 2.
In the event of a tie, where the cards drawn by both players are equal, the initiating player exposes a second card of his or her choosing anywhere on the grid with the second player responding, repeating the pattern of play until there is a clear winner. It is possible, and even common, to have a multiple tie. During a tie, all cards played remain face up. The winner of the tie takes all the opponent's cards used in the play.
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