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Witch-Queen's Gambit

Witch-Queen's Gambit is a popular card game that can be played with the Dahabi Tarot, or a standard deck of cards (with jokers) once the 2-8 cards of each suit are removed (leaving only the 9, 10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace, and Jokers). In the Dahabi Tarot, the two suits are denoted as Saedic (Red) and Dahabu (Black), and the six cards in each suit, with two of each, are numbered 1 through 6. There are two additional cards which are the Saedic and Dahabu Witch-Queens (Red and Black Jokers, respectively).


The GM can either bring a deck of cards and follow the instructions above to replicate the actual Dahabi Tarot to play the game, or instead elect to play the game by having each player use 3d6.

At the beginning, each player is dealt 3 cards, face down (given 3d6). They do not look at the cards. They then choose to bet, starting with the player to the right of the dealer and moving counter-clockwise. Any bet made must be matched by the dealer and other players or a player must fold. Once all bets have been called, all players who have not folded may look at their cards (roll their 3d6).

Then, a second round of betting begins, again starting with the player to the right of the dealer. They may call, raise, or fold. If they call or raise, they are allowed to return any of their three cards and be dealt new ones (choose to reroll any of their d6, keeping the new result). This goes around the table until all players have called.

At this point, after all bets are made and finalized, each player lays down their cards. The strength of hands are ordered below, from strongest to weakest:

  • Saedic Witch-Queen with any two cards (6,6,6) or Dahabu Witch-Queen with any two cards (1,1,1)
  • Straight, valued by highest card (6,5,4 or 5,4,3 or 4,3,2 or 3,2,1)
  • Three-of-a-Kind (that is not 6,6,6 or 1,1,1), valued by number
  • One-Pair, valued by pair number, then by third card number
  • High Card

Depending on where Witch-Queen's Gambit is played, the Saedic Witch-Queen and suit or the Dahabu Witch-Queen and suit may be valued higher than the other. Generally, in Dahabu or Vahsi, the Dahabu suit is higher, whereas in Buyuk, the Saedic suit is higher. Generally, elves of differing opinions on this matter refuse to play together. This is usually clearly stated before the deal or assumed when in the company of either Dahabu or Saedic Elves. When playing with 3d6, ignore this rule except for determining the value of the Witch-Queens.

The pot of bets is then distributed to the winner, or split equally in the event of the tie. Some establishments may take a percentage off the top before this happens.

settings/cahyali/dahabu/wcg.txt · Last modified: 2023/07/07 20:24 by quiddlesticks