Go Fish Card Games

Go FishGo Fish is a card game for 2-5 players, and is especially appropriate for kids due to it's simple rules and endless fun.

Go Fish may be played with standard playing cards, or one of the special Go Fish decks that feature amusing and interesting objects and themes.

The Authors series of games plays very similarly to Go Fish, though targetting a slightly older audience.

Go Fish Games

Go Fish Rules

Each player gets seven cards (or five, if more than three players). The remaining cards are turned face-down and form the stock.

The object is to make "books" – four cards of the same value (e.g. four 2's or four Queens). Each player in turn asks an opponent for a card to complete their books (e.g. "Do you have any fours?"), and if the opponent has any cards of that rank, they must give them up. If the opponent does not have any of the cards, then the asker has to "go fish" (draw a card from the stock).

If a request is successful (either through asking another player or by drawing a card of the correct rank from the stock), the play gets to ask again. If the request is not successful, play moves to the next player on the left.

When a book is completed, it is laid face-up in front of the player.

The game ends when all thirteen books have been completed. The player making the most books wins the hand!

Go Fish Links

  • Pagat Go Fish
    Learn about the "Go Fish" and "Authors" card games, with rules and links.
  • Wikipedia Go Fish
    Information from the free online encyclopedia, including rules and variations.

See also: Other Children's Card Games

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Last Update: August 1st, 2011