Welcome! If you have navigated to this blog post, it is most likely that you have received our new style guide which takes the form of a beautiful pack of playing cards! You are here to find out some top tips for playing the damn-right ruthless games mentioned in the box!  Either that or you have stumbled across this by mistake, and are now curious as to what we are jabbering on about!

Introducing our latest artist Style Guide 2016 – The TBM Artist Playing Cards!

Yep that’s right, this slightly more rigorous pack of playing cards will not only supply you with cracking pictures of the most beautiful work to date work from our collection of talented artists, it will also provide you with hours of entertainment/group bonding/time wasting too.

And talking of time-wasting.. As promised, below are instructions for 3 of our favourites!

(N.B. If you haven’t received our new style guide and are thinking ‘gimmie a pack’ give us a shout at [email protected] and we will rectify the situation, stat!)


Objective: To collect 4 of the same and grab that spoon!

No. of Players: At least 3

First of all go grab some spoons! (you need one less than the number of people playing) Then sort your deck out. You need as many sets as there are people playing. (you won’t need the rest of the pack for this game)

Shuffle and deal out all the cards (face down) Sit in a circle with your spoons in the circle in the centre.

Everybody pick up your 4 cards, the objective is to collect 4 of the same. Each player discards the card least useful facedown to the person on their left.  Each player then pick’s up the the card to their right. This process is repeated until one player has a set of four. This player then grabs a spoon, all the other players must quickly grab a spoon to remain in the game. The player who fails to grab on is out. The winning set is removed from the pack, the cards are shuffled and the game continues into the next round. The final round will be between two players who will fight it out to the bitter end.


Objective: To get rid of all your cards first

No. of Players: 2-6 with one deck

The idea of this game is to get rid of all your cards before your competitors do. Simple.. BUT there are a shit load of sneaky tricks and rules. Be assured, this is one of the most addictive games you will ever play.

Each player is dealt 3 cards, face down on the table, three face-up on top of those, and a hand of three cards.

The remainder go in a stockpile. Before you begin, players may change any of the face-up cards on the table with the cards in their hand to create the strongest possible face-up trio (twos, 10s and royals are good here). The face-down cards must remain unseen. One card is placed in the middle face up. Play proceeds clockwise, with each person laying a card (or cards) equal to or higher than the card on top of the discard pile, then drawing back up to three from the stockpile. If all four cards of one number are played consecutively, this “clears the deck” – ie. that discard pile is put to one side, and the person who laid the last card starts a new pile with any card (or cards) they wish.

You can play a two at any time to “reset the count”. A 10 can also be laid on anything, and clears the deck in the same way as four of a kind does.

If you cannot play, you must pick up the discard pile and add it to your hand; the next player then restarts with any card or cards. When the stockpile is exhausted, just play out your hand. When that’s empty, you play your face-up cards, and finally your face-down ones, which you must not look at before you lay (if the card doesn’t “fit”, pick up the whole discard pile). Last player standing becomes the shithead, of course.


Objective: aim to get rid of all your cards without being rumbled.

No. of Players: Ideally four or more

Okay, it’s time to get your poker face on.

The objective of this game is to get rid of all your cards first. How you achieve this is entirely up to you. You don’t have to have the cards you need, just an excellent blagging face and the ability to catch out your competitors when they are being cheating scoundrels.

Ace is high and low, and suits are irrelevant. Deal out all the cards. The player to dealer’s left places a number of face-down cards on the table. They then declare a number, plus a rank – for example, “three queens”. If no one disputes this, play passes to the next player, who places more cards on the pile and announces a number of cards of a value one higher or one lower (to follow our example, “one king” or “one jack”). Whether or not you are holding cards of the right ranks, you must lay at least one card down. If aces are played, the next player can go “through the roof” up to twos.

If anyone thinks the discarder is lying, they shout “Cheat!” before the next player begins their turn, and the cards are turned over. If they are as announced, the doubter picks up the entire pile. If a deception is revealed, the deceiver picks them up.

The main drawback to the basic game is that, once you are reduced to a few cards, finishing is nigh on impossible. If you’re left with a five, what are the odds the player to your right is going to play a four or six? You can lie, but you’re bound to be called. Just forge ahead on a wing and a prayer.

That’s quite enough for now..

We hope you enjoy using the cards as much as we did making them.

Happy playing gang!


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