Episcopi: A card game I invented for my own sake. All my Christian friends will get a kick out of this.

You need at least 3 players, ideally 4, and ideally more.

Deal 12 cards to each player, assuming you have 4 players.

Each round or trick is called a Mass.

The players take turns laying down a card. Whoever has the highest ranking card of that turn wins that hand.

The player with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

Certain cards have special titles:

 

7s of any suit are called “Priests.”
6s of any suit are called “Heretics.” These are the typical “low” card.

Jacks of any suit are called “Bishops.”

3 Special Cards exist:

 

The Queen of Spades is called the “Maria” or the “Virgin” or “the Virgin Mary.”

The Ace of Hearts is called “The Sacred Heart of Jesus” or “The Pope.”

The Joker is called “the Devil.”
The Ace of Hearts is THE highest card in the game; it outranks every card and cannot be beaten by any card.

The Queen of Spades is the second highest card in the game; it outranks every card except the the Ace of Hearts.

The Devil ranks lower than the Heretics; however, the one hand the Devil *can* possibly win is if it is the final card played in the Requiem Mass.

A visual of the ranks, from High to Low:

 

Ace of Hearts (Sacred Heart)

Queen of Spades (Maria)

Jacks of Any Suit (Bishops)

Sevens of Any Suit (Priests)

Kings

Queens

Tens

Nines

Eights

Fives

Fours

Threes

Twos

Sixes (Heretics)

Joker (The Devil)

Have fun playing!

Beaux

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