Dutch Blitz is a fast-paced, competitive card game that can be enjoyed by players of all ages. This game requires a standard deck of cards and can be played with 2-4 players. It is a combination of speed and strategy that will keep you on your toes and entertained for hours.
Objective: The goal of Dutch Blitz is to be the first player to get rid of all the cards in your Blitz pile (the central pile in the middle) by playing them onto one of four shared building piles. The game ends when a player has no more cards left in their Blitz pile or when all four building piles have been completed.
Setup: To begin, shuffle the deck of cards and deal out the entire deck evenly among the players. Each player’s cards will be their Blitz pile. The remaining cards will be used for the building piles. Place one card from each player’s Blitz pile (face up) in the center to form the Dutch pile, then lay four cards face-up beside the Dutch pile to start the building piles.
Gameplay: The game is played in rounds, with each player taking turns in clockwise order. Each round, players can play as many cards as possible from their Blitz pile onto the building piles or the Dutch pile. Cards on the building piles must be played in sequence from 1 to 10, with the same suit. For example, the 3 of hearts can only be played on the 2 of hearts. If a player cannot play any cards, they can play from their hand onto their Dutch pile.
The Dutch pile follows a different set of rules. Cards can be played on the Dutch pile in descending order, but they do not have to be the same suit. For example, the 9 of clubs can be played on top of the 10 of spades. However, once a player has played a card on their Dutch pile, they can no longer play cards on their building piles in that round.
Speed is the key to winning Dutch Blitz. If a player can play all five cards from their Blitz pile onto the building piles or Dutch pile, they yell “Dutch Blitz!” and get to flip over one card from their Blitz pile onto their building pile. This can give them an advantage in future rounds.
End of Round/Scoring: Once all players have no more cards left to play, the round is over. Players then add up the value of the cards remaining in their Blitz pile. Face cards count as 10 points, aces as 11 points, and all other cards are face value. The player with the lowest score goes first in the next round.
End of Game: The game ends when a player has played all the cards from their Blitz pile or when all four building piles are complete. At this point, players add up their scores from each round. The player with the lowest score wins. In case of a tie, the player with the least amount of cards remaining in their Blitz pile wins.
- Keep an eye on your opponents’ building piles and try to block them from being able to play cards.
- Don’t forget to yell “Dutch Blitz!” when you can play all five cards from your Blitz pile, it can give you a winning advantage.
- Stay focused and keep playing as fast as possible, it’s a fast-paced game!
Dutch Blitz is a great game for friendly competition and can be played anytime, anywhere. So grab a deck of cards and challenge your family and friends to a game of Dutch Blitz. Have fun and may the fastest player win!