January 9, 2020
Is it allowed to add wild cards to a book that is already completed? Wild Card, Flag or Joker to dirty (black) book or Flag only to clean (red) book?
That came up tonight as we were playing.
Hello AHNF best card game Player, greetings from the state of 10,000 lakes!
Thank you for your question. It’s always fun to hear from our game players as you play through these things and have a desire to check it out so everyone is playing the correct way!!
To answer your question: NO, you may not add Wild cards to already completed books.
To help to clarify this for you, none of the Wild cards or Flag card may be played on a book once the book is completed/closed.
The only card that can be played on a completed book is a card that the book is made of. i.e… if your book is made of six’s and closed up you may add a six or six’s.
Part of the process of playing a hand a person may realize they have a lot of wild cards and this makes the individual think beyond the norm as to “how will I handle this” before my neighbor goes out! But, sorry, you may not add Wild cards to already completed books. In that same vein, you may not make a book of only Wild cards and you may not make duplicate books ( i.e. only one book of sixes).
This is taken from our page of instructions with some additional explanation:
The FLAG card is a card with a twist. It can be utilized as an IDENTICAL card or a WILD card. *The FLAG card is the ONLY card that can be changed back and forth (from a Red Book to a Black Book) within the SAME TABLE GROUP at any time PRIOR to closing the book. (This means a player has an option to call the book a black or a red book upon closing the book. A PLAYER CANNOT PICK UP THE FLAG CARD AND PLAY IT IN A DIFFERENT GROUP OF CARDS.) Our game adheres to the old adage that “a card laid is a card played”.
The option of making it a red (natural) book has to do with this; a player plays the FLAG card with 2 cards to help make a meld. As the play continues the player ends up with 4 more of the natural cards that were played with the FLAG card. At that point all 6 natural cards are played with the FLAG which makes the book RED or NATURAL.
The option of making the book a black book is usually when a player needs a black book to go out and has no hope of getting more of the natural card but has wild cards the player can play 2 more wild cards in the group, call the FLAG card a wild card along with 2 other wild cards and 4 natural cards and fold it up as a black book.
The following question was asked of us recently:
It’s not clear, when at the start of the game, if we are supposed to turn up 1 card, 3 cards, or no cards onto the discard pile?
If you have had the same question or similar, this is the answer:
Your question is a good one, I confess that it is one that we didn’t discuss after going over the game’s directions many times and making revisions when we thought something needed to be better defined!
The answer to your question is that you turn over “none” to begin. The first card that is shown face up is the first player’s discard.
Our Flag Card IS unique, folks, but wait a minute. As our directions state (partial copy above) it can be changed back and forth “within the same table group” at any time PRIOR to closing the book. At the time of closing the player declares the book to be either “red” or “black”. This means the card stays in the place as originally played. It is not to be picked up from where it was played and moved to another set of cards. Like is often said, “a card laid is a card played” and that applies in this case as well!