No Thanks! Is a light and fast bidding card game for 3-7 players with a play time of about 20 minutes, recommended for ages 8 and up.
From the publisher: “Take a card or say ‘No Thanks.’ It’s easy to say no if you have a chip to add the prize pool. Be aware that your chips won’t last forever and when you take a card, it can score against you if it isn’t part of a run. A quick, fun, fast-paced game of extortion for all ages.”
The object of the game is to have the fewest number of points at the end. At the start of the game, each player will receive with 11 small chips (or slightly fewer, if playing with more than 5 players) which are each worth -1 point and allow players to pass on taking the face-up card on the table. Cards are worth the number of points equal to the card’s face value.
The deck consists of 33 cards, numbered 3 through 35. However, 9 of the cards will be removed secretly and at random. This is important because if you have a set of 2 or more consecutively numbered cards, the whole set is only worth the value of the lowest card. The removed cards, therefore, randomly restrict the length of possible sets, but nobody knows which cards have been removed.
At the beginning of the game, only one card will be face up on the table. The starting player will decide if they either want to take the card (and the points along with it) or pass on the card by placing one of their tokens on it. Players will in order continue either placing chips on the card, or take the card and all chips that have been placed on it so far. The next card will be flipped over, and play will continue in this fashion, with players either passing by placing a chip, or taking the card and its chips. If a player has no chips in their hand, they must take the card on their turn.
Once the deck is empty, players add up the value of all the lowest cards in their sets, subtract the number of chips they have left, and the player with the fewest points wins the game (or round, if playing multiple rounds).
Note: After the start of the game, the number of chips a player has is kept secret.
Components: The cards good quality, colorful, and easy to read. The chips are simple plastic tokens, but they work well and are small enough to easily kept hidden in the hand. The small box holds everything easily, and the rules are super short and easy to read and understand.
Thoughts: This is a great, light little card game. The rules are so simple and easy to teach, and I think you can honestly teach the game in under 60 seconds. Turns are also incredibly fast, since all your do is either take the card or place a chip on it. The length of a game listed on the box is 20 minutes, but that’s if you’re playing three rounds. Going through the deck once takes less than 10. The game also works surprisingly well both at the lower and higher player counts.
The game also has a good amount of tension and excitement. There’s a bit of a push-your luck element as you try to decide whether you think you can bridge the gap between two cards to make them a set, and you can even try to “bleed” other players for their chips when there’s a card that you know want and nobody else does. But you also have to be careful, because if another player doesn’t have any chips, they will be forced to take the card, along with its chips, that you really wanted to lengthen your set. Or someone may realize you’re just trying to bleed them and take the card anyway if it will hurt you more than it hurts them.
For how simple this game is, it’s amazing how much fun it is. When I first heard about this game, I didn’t understand how it could be fun, but within minutes of playing it the first time, I was having a blast, as was everyone else at the table. This is a game that I think can be played with anybody. It’s simple, it’s fun, it’s fast, and it’s great for both gamers and non-gamers alike. And you can get it for less than $12 on Amazon (which also makes it a great gift or stocking stuffer). This is a must-have game for any game collection, or even those who just want a simple card game for social occasions.
For the Parents:
Sexual Content: None