"Bog Off" card game - invented by my daughter Viv Walker on 4th January 2009.
One pack, no jokers.
The aim is to collect the most sets of 4 cards of the same face value.
Deal out 4 cards to each player. Starting to the left of the dealer, go round in turn, asking any other player for a particular value card - you must have the same value card in your hand. If the person has any such cards, then these must all be handed over. If the person has no card, then you pick a card from the pack.
Once you have 4 cards of the same value, put the set down face down in front of you.
If you have no more cards then you play no further part in the game; the other player(s) continue; if you are the last player then you get all the remaining pack (which you will make into sets in front you).
We've played it with 2, 3, 4 and 6 people so far.
One danger is getting rid of all your cards too early by being too successful in making sets.
You need a good memory for the cards that others have asked for.