You are looking at the Cleveland Card Game Players (CCGP) informational website. We are very confident that you have found one of the most unique card-playing social organizations in the world. As you read on, we are sure you'll agree!
While we were once just a single group featuring games from all six of the playing card hotpots of Europe (Central Europe (formerly Austria-Hungary), France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Switzerland), we have now split into six groups, or divisions, each focused on the games of one of these regions. This new format allows each member of CCGP to join only the divisions of which they wish to be a part, thus eliminating the unwanted event invitations and reminder emails in their in-box. Those who are of an Italian background may only be interested in learning and playing games of Italy. Players from France may wish to stick with French games, while those from Germany may only be interested in playing Skat or Schafkopf. We actually have several examples of this type of regionally-focused card player in the CCGP, and this new arrangement gives them the ability to focus on their preferred games, without the frequent distraction of games in which they are not interested.
Those of you who don't have a preference for one European region over another can have your passion for a wider variety of card games satisfied by joining multiple divisions, even all six if you are adventurous enough!
FRENCH GAMES DIVISION: Belote and Tarot are the two most popular card games in France, and as fun as they are, one is rarely left wanting for any others.
GERMAN GAMES DIVISION: Skat, the national game of Germany (think "Bridge" in the US), and its less complicated, more social, cousins, Schafkopf and Doppelkopf, are the games most often played when more than 2 players are present. However, two players can thoroughly enjoy an evening of Sechsundsechzig (Sixty-six). This is the original game of Sixty-six, before it was brought to the US and changed to accommodate 4 players in teams. It's a real thinker, and considered by many (alongside its Austrian version, Schnapsen) to be one of the best two-handed games in the world.
ITALIAN GAMES DIVISION: Scopa is one of the great classics of Italy, While very easy to learn, continued play reveals it to be chock full of strategic complexities. Other popular games are Briscola and Tressette. If you are not sure which CCGP division to start with, pick this one. The games are all easy to learn, and therefore easy to teach to your friends and family. They also make great entertainment on pizza night!
SPANISH GAMES DIVISION: We normally play Brisca or one of the many variations of Tute, but have also been known to indulge in the popular vying game known as Mus.
SWISS GAMES DIVISION: When it comes to card games in Switzerland, there is but one word, Jass. So much an obsession is this family of games in Switzerland that many folks there refuse to be caught without a deck of Jass cards in their pocket, or at the very least, in their car. The most popular game in this family is the 4-player Schieber-Jass, but if only 3 players are present, we play either of two variations, Coiffeur or Mittlere.
Expenses are incurred with the operation of any social group, of this or any other kind. Firstly, Meetup.com (who hosts our groups on their website, providing membership management, event calendars, handling of RSVP's, as well as a means of communication between members) charges the Organizer for use of their website. The yearly Meetup Fees charged for each of our six divisions currently breaks down to $59.80, or a total of $358.80 for all six. These fees have increased $70.80 from $288.00 as of January 1.
Secondly, in addition to Meetup Organizer Fees, our groups have the additional expense of paying for the variety of imported playing cards we use at our events. The American standard Poker deck is not generally used for the old traditional European card games. Many countries have their own type (or types) of card deck, and we pride ourselves on not "Americanizing" their games by using Poker cards. We use genuine European regional playing cards, imported by TaroBear's Lair, the world's ONLY worldwide distributor of these cards, and also the owner of the CCGP!
In the past, we have covered these expenses by collecting $1.00 from each player in attendance at every Meetup event. This practice ended in January, 2015. Beginning the last week of January, 2015, we began a new procedure of collecting annual group dues of $12.00 for each group a person joins (that is only $1.00 per month for each group). New members will be charged after a 30-day free trial. When a group's dues are paid, paid members will receive cards appropriate for the group (they are free to decline, as some have), and will be promoted to "Event Organizer" status. This empowers them to schedule their own events, whenever and wherever they wish. With all paid members having their own cards, it is hoped that they will exercise this freedom often.
Gary Brunger, the Organizer, will be personally hosting events on four evenings a week, rotating through all six divisions, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, as well as alternating Mondays and Wednesdays. All paid members are free to attend these events, and/or schedule their own.
So, why not join us for some card-playing fun? Look back up at the six groups and decide which ones you want to join first, then simply click the link(s) below to get started.