Information about the Cardgame Collection

A collection of cardgames I (usually) learned from various people around the world, usually while travelling (what could kill time better in >10 hour bus/train/whatever rides than a good cardgame?)

They are all multi-player games playable over a network and having a computer player. If you search for solitaire (single-player) games, you are wrong here; but check out the excellent GNOME or KDE cardgames.

They are distributed under the GNU General Public License, which basically says like this (see the file COPYING along with this package or the GNU homepage (http://www.gnu.org) for more details):

This is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.



Canasta with a latin touch; popular in Venezuela


An iternationally known game (aka "Shithead", "Asshole", ...)


A cardgame from norway in two parts (whose real name I unfortunattely forgot as fast as George W. Bush declares war to countries he can't even spell - nor find on a map)

Sgt. Mayor

A three player game, where each player must make a certain amount of tricks (aka 3-5-8; though this is rather its 6-3-8 variant)


Order (and re-order) cards til you have no more


Make the tricks you promised to


A game where you better don't get them. Might be known from another operating system ...

A description of the games is included with the source and accessible from the help-menu of the executable.

All of the games have a computer player included and - starting with version 0.5 - can be played over a network.



A C++ wrapper for GTK+-2. See www.gtkmm.org for details.


A C++ class library, also available on Sourceforge. See libymp.sourceforge.net for details.

Card decks

Actually not really required, but they make the games somewhat more interesting ;)

The configure-process tries to figure out, if (and where) some popular card decks are installed. Supported are the GNOME and the KDE card decks (both of which should be available, if you have the respective games installed) and Guillaume Weexsteen's collection of free cards.



Basically with the GNU mantra:

./configure [options]
make install	# You might have to be root

Common options for configure

  --helpOverwhelming help to configure
  --help=shortReduces the output of configure --help
  --prefix=pathdefault: /usr/local
  --disable-nlsDisable national language support
  --enable-checks[=level]Adds internal checks
  --enable-debug[=level]Sets tracelevel & generation of debuginfo

Common options/targets for make

  install Installs the whole thing. You might have to be root!
  cleanDeletes the files created during the make
  uninstall Uninstalls (after you found out what crap this package actually contains)

See the file INSTALL for more details.


Principally the program is started without any options, like this:


Depending on the version (or the options while configuring) exist different options to control the program.

   CardCol --help

prints a help for the usage.


A big hug to Ingrid and Jonathan for teaching me all of the tricks which Buraco has to offer. Not to mention the hours we actually spend playing it.

A "Grützi" to Michael (Miguel) Suttner who informed me about Machiavelli.

A big hello to Verónia, Tanja and Graham for showing me Sgt. Mayor. A nice one (beanflickers)!

Greetings to Andreas, Jakob and Janus, who taught me the rules of Røvhult.

Thanks to Ann-Karin, Arne, Bårn and Solveing for introducing me to Twopart.

The idea for Jabberwocky comes from the same-named entry in Wikipedia.

Hearts is distributed along with Windows 98 (and maybe other versions).

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