Designed by MY Tian
Players 4, with a 3-player variant
Length About 30 minutes
Extra Material A tool to track scores

A trick-taking game inspired by a traditional game Tien-Gow using Chinese Dominoes.


1.A standard decktet.
2.A tool to track scores.


In this game, the suits of a card are used to show its rank(I'll call it tier to distinguish).


1.Remove the Pawns, the Courts and the Excuse from your deck.
2.Shuffle the deck.
3.Deal 9 cards to each player.

Sets and Tiers

The 36 cards are divided into 3 Sets and 6 Tiers, as the form below.


How to remember them?

The Cycle of Suits: Moonsmoons.png-Sunssuns.png-Waveswaves.png-Leavesleaves.png-Wyrmswyrms.png-Knotsknots.png-Moonsmoons.png

Set of Suits consists of 12 one-suit cards. Set of the Cycle consists of 12 cards whose suits are adjacant in The Cycle of Suits. The other 12 cards form Set of Inter.

Inside these Sets, the Tier order follows the other of suits (see structure), with the only exception that Moonmoons.png+Knotknots.png is considered the lowest one.

During the game

At the beginning of a round, the leader can play:
1. 1 card;
2. 2~4 cards of the same Tier, and none of them should come from Set of the Cycle.

Then the other players take their turns counter-clockwise.

  • To follow the lead, a player should play the same amount of card(s) face-up, which should meet several requests: 1.The Set combination of the card(s) must be exactly the same to the lead; 2.The cards must be in a same Tier, which is higher than all the face-up cards that have been played this round (not only the leader's cards).
Example: The leader played Aleaves.png+crown.pngleaves.png+7suns.pngknots.png, and then a player played Asuns.png+crown.pngsuns.png+5moons.pngleaves.png. It's your turn, to win the tricks, you can only play Amoons.png+crown.pngmoons.png+3moons.pngwaves.png or Amoons.png+crown.pngmoons.png+6moons.pngwaves.png.
  • To pass, a player should the same amount of card(s) face-down. No one can know what the face-down cards are.

When the last player(to the leader's left) finishes his/her turn, a round ends. The play who played the highest (according to Tier) face-up card(s) is the winner. If the leader played X cards at the beginning , than the winner wins X tricks. (You can put 4 cards in a stack to represent a trick. )

Then the winner will be the leader next round.

End of the game

The player who takes the last trick(s) wins the game. However, you can only win a game when you take at least 2 tricks. So if you didn't take any of the first 8 tricks, than you must pass the last round, even if you are able to win it.

However, if you didn't take any of the first 7 tricks, but then the leader plays 2 cards together for the last round, than it's allowed to win this round


The winner of the game gets (the number of tricks he/she took)+3 , while other players get (the number of tricks he/she took)-4 . So, the sum of 4 players' scores is 0, (E.G. In a game, A won 5 tricks, B won 1 tricks, C won 0 tricks, D won 2 trick, and D is the winner. Then A gets 5-4=1, B gets 1-4=-3, C gets 0-4=-4 and D gets 2+4=6. 1+(-3)+(-4)+6=0 .)

Play several games and add up the scores. The player with the highest score wins.

Variant for 3 players

Setup:Do not use Set of the Cycle, deal each player 8 cards.

Scores:The winner of the game get (the number of tricks he/she won)+2 , while others get (the number of tricks he/she won)-5 .


Inspired by a Chinese traditional game Tien-Gow(bgg-link) using an ancient game system called Chinese Dominoes(bgg-game).


Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License