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How To Play The Game Called RAGE

By Edited Apr 23, 2016 2 4

RAGE is a card game that does, in fact, live up to its name. It is a very fun game that can be, at times, exasperating. While your fortune in the game does depend somewhat on the luck of the draw, it is also very important how you play the cards that you are dealt. A good RAGE player can often make more out of a poor hand than a lesser player can make out of a good hand.

The goal in RAGE is to garner the most points by the end of ten hands. RAGE is played with a special deck of cards made specifically for the RAGE game. The cards include number cards that range from one to fifteen. There are five different colors of each number card, red, blue, orange, yellow, and green. There are also special cards including the WILD RAGE card, the CHANGE RAGE, and the OUT RAGE card.

The game consists of ten hands. In the first hand, each player is dealt ten cards. Each consecutive hand uses one less card per person. Thus, in the second hand, each player is dealt nine cards and so forth. In the final, the tenth hand, each player is dealt one card.

After the cards are dealt, one card is turned right side up and placed in the center of the table. The color of that card determines what the trump color is. If a special card is face up a different card is exposed to determine the trump color.

Play begins with each player (beginning with the person to the left of the dealer) asserting how many "tricks" they predict they will win. You can bid from zero to the total amount of cards are in that hand. The important thing is to win EXACTLY the number of tricks you bid.

After each player bids, play begins by the first player laying one of their cards in the center of the table. They can play any card they like. The color of the card they play (if they play a color card) determines what color each other player must play in that trick. The player who plays the card with the highest value (higher numbers equal higher value) "wins" that trick and collects the cards to keep in their accumulated cards. They cannot use those cards in subsequent tricks. If a player does not have a card that is the color that is led, they can play the trump color, or they can play any color that they do have. If they HAVE the color that was led, they MUST play that color. If a player does not have the color that was led, they can play the trump color if they have it. In that case, the trump card wins that trick. If more than one player plays the trump color, the highest value of trump card wins that trick.

If a player doesn't have a color that was led, they can also opt to play a special RAGE card. The OUT RAGE card eliminates the trump color until, and if, a trump color is reinstated later in the hand by a CHANGE or WILD RAGE card. If a person plays the CHANGE RAGE card, a new trump color is made by turning over the next card in the excess card pile. If a player plays a WILD RAGE card, they can assert that it is being used as the highest possible number of whatever color they name.


If a player successfully wins exactly the number of tricks they bid in a hand, they receive ten points. They also receive a point for each trick that they won. So, if a player bid four tricks, and won four tricks, they would receive ten points for winning exactly the number of tricks they bid, plus they would win four points for having won four tricks, for a total of fourteen points.

If a player does NOT win exactly the number of tricks they bid, then they receive a score of NEGATIVE five for that hand, plus a point for each trick they won. So, if a player bid that they would win two tricks, but they actually won three, their score would be negative five, plus a point for each trick they won, leading to a score of negative two, (negative five plus three (one for each trick they won) equals negative two. Note that some of the special RAGE cards are marked +5 or -5. A player who receives one of these cards (or more) adds that value to their total for that hand.

At the end of each hand, each player receives a score. At the end of all ten hands, the scores are totaled and the player with the most points is the winner.



Dec 20, 2010 1:45pm
H'mmm, what an interesting topic! I learned a very wild card game that my kids picked up in NZ. They call it "Bitch," and it is! Even my 88 yearold mom learned it and played - I was impressed. The title of RAGE got my attention. Thanks.
Dec 20, 2010 11:30pm
Interesting! Yeah - I like the name, too. Maybe that is why I wrote this article. Awesome your mom is still playing. Thanks for the comment!
Jan 6, 2011 1:31am
Sounds like a fun game to play on long winter nights. Will look for the cards the next time I'm in Target. Thanks for sharing
Jan 6, 2011 9:44pm
I recently bought a new set of cards. Found them at Menard's. I see they have them at Amazon, but they are pretty expensive there.
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