Skull is the perfect bluffing game, and beautiful along with it.


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Skull is the quintessence of bluffing, a game in which everything is played in the players’ heads. Each player plays a face-down card, then each player in turn adds one more card – until someone feels safe enough to state that they can turn a number of cards face up and get only roses.

Other players can then overbid, saying they can turn even more cards face up. The highest bidder must then turn that number of cards face up, starting with their own. If they show only roses, they wins; if the player reveals a skull, they lose, placing one of their cards out of play. Two successful challenges wins the game. Skull is not a game of luck; it’s a game of poker face and meeting eyes.