How we play Spite and Malice. Because Becky asked. :)
Spite and Malice
This can be played with more than two people.
We use two pack of cards shuffled together.
Deal each player 10 cards to be used as their pay off cards. They may not look at these cards but the first card is turned up and set cards off to the side. See diagram of A & B pay off piles.
Then deal each person 5 cards. These cards you may look at.
The remaining cards are stacked off to the side of he center. See diagram of Stock card placement .
The person not dealing starts first.
Deal, layout and terminologyThe layout of Spite and Malice is shown in the following diagram:
The PlayThe object is to be the first get rid of all the cards in your pay-off pile by playing them to the center stacks. Only the top card of your pay-off pile is available for play at any time; when you have managed to get rid of the top card, you turn the next pay-off card face up and try to get rid of that.
The first card in each center stack must be an Ace, then 2, 3, and so on in sequence up to queen, each card played being one higher than the card it covers. If you draw and Ace you must lay it down in the center.
1. If you have an Ace in your hand you set it in the center and play off of that Ace with a 2 and a 3 until you can't play any more cards from your hand. You would then fill the four empty side stacks, face up, in front of you from the remaining cards in your hand. You must also have a discard. If you can't discard then you may draw 5 more cards from the Stock pile. If you can keep piling more cards on the center stack by playing the card showing from your pay-off stack then keep going. You can even play the cards in your side stacks until you can't make any more moves. If all four of your side stacks have cards then you must always discard one card and wait until it's your turn again.
*Note: You may not use a King which is a wild card, as an Ace or a 7. But a King may be used as any other card. Example: If there is an Ace in the center stack, and you have a 3 showing on your pay-off stack you may use a King as a 2 and then use the 3 off your pay-off stack. Remember the object is to get rid of your pay-off stack to win the game.
2. Your partner will be doing the same with his/her cards in hand. Example: Say you have already played the 3 that was showing on your pay-off pile and the next card you turned over on the pay-off pile is a Queen then you can't go any further getting rid of your pay-off pile. But if you had a 4, a 5, and a6 laying down (face up) in front of you in your side stacks, then you may play those until you can't play any further. You must still lay down cards to fill any of the empty spaces where your side stacks are in front of you and you still must have a discard. If all four stacks have cards in them then all you need is a discard. This ends your turn. A player cannot have more than four separate side stacks at one time; if you have no empty side stacks then you must take one from your hand to have a discard, making the card you cover temporarily unavailable for play. I always try to lay my cards down so that I don't bury any cards I may use to get to the card showing in my pay-off stack. For example: I never bury a 7 in my stacks. I also try to keep cards in order in my stacks such as Queen, Jack 10 and I always try to keep cards of like in the same pile. Example: 3,3,3 or 9,9,9. If I have a 5 showing on my side card, I wouldn't want to bury an 3 because I might draw a 4.
You may play as many cards to the center stacks as you want, but as soon as you play a card to a side stack your turn ends, and it is your opponent's turn.
*Note: You can never play a pay-off card to a side stack, or move a card from one side stack to another, or move a card from a center stack to anywhere. You can discard a king to a side stack without committing yourself as to what it represents (wild). When a king is placed on a center stack it represents the next higher value than the card it covers. If during your turn you manage to play all five cards from your hand, without playing to a side stack, you immediately draw five more cards from the stock and continue playing. If you complete a centre stack by playing a queen (or a king representing a queen) your opponent shuffles the completed stack into the stock, creating a space for a new center stack, and you can continue playing. We always set aside a completed stack until all the cards in the center stack are depleted. Then we reshuffle all the completed stacks to make a new center stack.
End of Game
The game ends when someone wins by playing the last card of their pay-off pile to the center.
Well that's how we play Spite and Malice. If you have any questions or would rather play a different way you can Google the Card game Spite and Malice