Spite and Malice

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What is Spite and Malice


Spite and Malice is a game classic card. The goal of this game is to get rid of your card stack on the left by placing it on one of the three center stacks.


The objective of Spite and Malice is to place all of your cards in your goal pile on the playing piles. The player who finishes their goal pile first wins.


Spite and Malice is a two to the four-player game. The game is played with two players in most computer versions, including the one we've included here.

Layout & deal

Spite and Malice are played with three decks of 52 cards each, totaling 156 cards. Each player has their own goal pile, four discard piles, and a hand of up to five cards. There are four common playing piles and one common draw pile. A certain number of cards are dealt face-down to each player's goal pile at the start. The top card of the goal piles is turned face up. The remaining cards are placed face down in the common draw pile.


Each turn, cards from the common draw pile are dealt to the player until he has five cards in his hand.

The player then adds cards to the playing piles from his goal, hand, or discard piles.

Playing piles must begin with an Ace and progress in ascending order to a Queen (A-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-J-Q). In Spite and Malice, the suit of the cards is irrelevant.

The top card of the goal pile, the top cards of the four discard piles, and any card in your hand can be moved to the playing piles.

Kings are wild and can be used to replace any other value on the playing piles.

When a card from the hand is played to one of the discard piles, the turn is over.


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