Compleat Gamester

William Moore

A Warm Welcome

Welcome, fellow gamester! This is another of my compendiums on public domain games, as well as my own games that are likely related to public domain games or game structures. The entire purpose of this document is to collect as many games that seem interesting to me and I can record in a single place.

Most of these games do have optional betting or drinking rules. The exact mechanisms for betting is outside the scope of this document, but any sort of mechanism agreed upon by players may be used. A few words of caution! Some people have addiction conditions and may feel inclined to drink or bet too much, including their houses. As such, I do not encourage using these rules. If drinking rules are used, provide something non-alcoholic. If betting rules are used, provide something like candy or potato chips.

The layout of this document is split up into several sections that are based on what the type of game is. The document is alphabetized both by section and by each game in the corresponding section.

Game Categories

Note on Cribbage Boards

It’s possible that some games may require keeping scores. Either inside games or between the games or both. There are wonderful ways of going about this. However, I recommend cribbage boards. It’s their purpose when used with the old English game of Cribbage! Plus, doing so gives the play a more English Renaissance feel.

Converting Between Tarot Decks

Before going into the rules, it is worth mentioning there might be some issues with different tarot decks and their suits. This section discusses how to convert understanding between each suit and their associated decks with the French suits.


  • Acorns are equivalent to Clubs
  • Bells are equivalent to Diamonds
  • Hearts are equivalent to Hearts
  • Leaves are equivalent to Spades


  • Baton/Staves are equivalent to Clubs
  • Cups are equivalent to Hearts
  • Coins are equivalent to Diamonds
  • Swords are equivalent to Spades

Universal Waite

  • Cups are equivalent to Hearts
  • Pentacles are equivalent to Diamonds
  • Swords are equivalent to Spades
  • Wands are equivalent to Clubs
  • The Major Arcana makes up the atouts and the Minor Arcana is everything else.



  • Added Nard to “Games within the Tables”


  • Added “Put and Take” to “Basically Dice”.
  • Changed “Poker Dice” to “Poker” and added “Straight Poker”.
  • Added “Chicago” to “Basically Dice”.
  • Cleaned up main page.


  • Updated Poker Dice to have rerolls.
  • Added rules under Basically Dice for Mafia.
  • Broke out sections into pages for cleaner organization.


  • Added the ability to steal from players in Fafnir’s Gold


  • Corrected Marmalade’s spelling


  • Added forgotten scoring to Marmelade


  • Added Marmelade under Cards


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