How to play A Game of Porcelain Thrones
Putting the TURD back in SaTURDay
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OBJECTIVE: To not get eliminated. The last player still in the game wins.
EACH TURN: The player must eliminate by playing a card greater than the top card in the toilet OR play a special card and follow the directions on that card. If the player can’t play a card or they can’t play a card greater than the toilet, they are eliminated. If the player runs out of cards, they are eliminated.
SETUP: The dealer shuffles all the cards (if playing with multiple decks, all cards are combined together). The dealer deals 5 cards to each player. The rest of the deck is placed in the center of the table face-down and called the pile. Next to the pile is the place where cards are played face-up, called the toilet. Put the “Whoever smelt it, dealt it” card in front of the dealer with it showing Phase 1.
THE CARDS: The cards consist of 13 Yellow cards, 13 Brown cards, and 26 special cards. The higher the number, the better the card. Brown cards are all higher than Yellow cards. The toilet starts in a state of “Yellow 0” which means any Yellow card (or Brown card) is enough. Some special cards set the toilet to “Brown 0” which means any Brown card is enough.
THE FIRST TURN IS DEALER’S TURN: Since the dealer goes first and there is no player giving them a card, they make their 2 chosen cards and then take a card from the pile. On the dealer’s turn, the toilet is considered to be Yellow 0 (any Yellow or Brown card can be played). Otherwise their turn is the same as a regular player turn.
EACH PLAYER TURN: The player chooses 2 cards from their hand and places them face down on the table (these are their chosen cards). They then look at the card passed to them by the player on their right and with their 2 chosen cards they have to play 1 card to the toilet, give 1 card face-down to the player on their left, and return the 3rd card to their hand.
Play then passes to the player on their left.
The card played to the toilet must be of greater value than what is currently on top of the toilet and must work with whatever special cards are next to the toilet, or it must be a special card.
If the player can’t do this, they are eliminated.
WHEN A PLAYER IS ELIMINATED: The player to the left of the dealer becomes the dealer and the “Whoever smelt it dealt it” card is placed in front of them and flipped over to change its phase. After a Phase #1 deal, it becomes a Phase #2 – no new cards are dealt, but the toilet is reset to Yellow 0. After a Phase #2, it becomes a Phase #1 – all the cards are taken off the table (this clears any cards that were next to the toilet) and dealt out 5 per player.
NOTE: It is important to conserve one’s cards during Phase #1 since no new cards are dealt during a Phase #2 deal.