Recently a very good long time customer came to our warehouse to pick up a number (6) of games. During our exchange she questioned me about the game. The question she asked is “is the game still popular”? I was taken aback by this due to the fact she was picking up numerous games for different people which for me speaks to whether the game is still popular or not!
On the other hand, I suppose she doesn’t see the whole picture like we do so I will share some information with her and the rest of you. We currently are shipping to 25 states in the US. We have several customers who purchase multiple games for gifts and/or friends in a successful effort to save on the freight. Wisconsin, which has been a leader in playing and loving this game, continues to support us and establish new areas of play!
New pockets of activity are springing up around the country including cruise ships, church groups, senior homes and others across the US from the state of Washington to Florida and Maryland to California and of course places in between.
Thank all of you for your support and the love you have shown, it is inspiring!
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.
From RG: My husband R_____and I just moved into an RV/Mobile home park in Texas. They have game nights here and have one of your American-Hand-N-Foot games. I love it so much I wanted to get my own. Thanks.
Joan and I were going through our family card game customer list just as a matter of record . Primarily what was of interest to us was to find out how many states/countries we currently ship to and which state appears to have the most players based on shipping addresses.
The state of Wisconsin is by far the American Hand n Foot card playing capital of the world followed by Minnesota. That didn’t surprise us but it DOES seem strange that once again Wisconsin trumps Minnesota especially since our residence is in Minnesota!
We offer our profound gratitude to the great Badger state and of course to all of you who know, play and love our card game. Since our birth in 2005 we have shipped games to how many states (guess the number of states, I’ll respond in a few days with the answer) and to Canada as well. (some Canadians maintain a state side shipping address)
We do want to also say thank you to our players because without you talking up our card game this would not have happened. This distribution is the result of “word of mouth” advertising by you players who have cared enough to talk up our game. The main contribution we have made for the marketing of the American Hand n Foot was the shipping of multiple games to the military back in the early days as well as a few training events here and in Wisconsin. One local paper also interviewed and wrote a nice article otherwise it’s all our American Hand n Foot players!!
I wish we had an occasion to honor our All Stars kind of like MLB. We could name them for sure. Wouldn’t it be fun to have an American Hand n Foot tournament some day or week end?
It’s certainly a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Joan and I are sitting out on the deck here in Minnesota. She has her computer, I have mine but here we sit together She is looking at the yard and thinking about what she can do next to make it even more inviting than it already is! Me, I’m trying to figure out whether I can make the Americanhandnfoot.com website more searchable for folks, as in “how to find us”. As I work on this “it’s still a beautiful day in the neighborhood. I think I’ll listen to some bird talk. They certainly are chattering away out here!
It’s one of those things that is destined to happen. Our Bruno the Chihuahua passed away on May 1, 2019, leaving behind an ocean of tears but many really great memories. I’ve heard that a Chihuahua is a one person dog. Not true. What Bruno managed to do was make you believe you were the most important being in his life. When he pranced around the room he made each of us feel that way. In this photo he is snuggling with Dot at a family Christmas celebration. Bruno often sat on someone’s lap as we played American-Hand-N-Foot. Some of us often suspected him of being a spy and would somehow pass information on to others playing the game about what was being held by the person who’s lap he was sitting in!
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!
Greetings on this glorious day! Joan and I are signing in to wish all of you a very Happy Easter. It’s going to be a good one, no matter where you are residing. Here in the upper midwest we have been blessed with some long awaited bright sun. We have green plants poking themselves through the soil and reaching for the warmth and light of the sun. Each spring it’s such a joy to watch these plants and trees come alive once again!
We’ve enjoyed playing American Hand-N-Foot for several years and were happy to bring it the the Rio Grande Valley this winter. Our friends at Palm Gardens love the game and will be playing it long after we leave.
My wife and I are avid card players. We enjoy playing two-handed games, just between us or playing as partners against other teams. We have played variations of Rummy, to include Canasta, Gin Rummy and Wild Rummy. Canasta proved to be quite a challenge and we soon gave up on it. In October 2018, we, along with about 20 of our fellow alumni from the East Saint Louis Sr High School Class of 1976, went on a cruise to commemorate us all turning 60 years old. During this 8-day cruise, we were introduced to the American Hand-n-Foot game. Because of our previous exposure to the various types of Rummy games, and of course, your special cards, we caught on right away and LOVE IT! One of our fellow travelers gave us one of your business cards. We ordered our own set immediately after returning from the cruise. We, now are owners of a travel business and, as we travel, this game will go where we go. Earlier I stated that we LOVE THE GAME… to be honest, its more like an addiction that we don’t want to be cured of. Thank you for your hard work and persistence in developing this game to perfection. God bless you with much success.
The following is a snipit from an article which was written in our local suburban newspapers:
One of Aunt Norma’s granddaughters had a friend in the military and she sent one of the games to him. He grew to love the game as did others and it gained widespread popularity at the base where he was stationed.
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