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  • R: So today we're here with Victor and Tomoko

  • T: Hiiii! R: from Gimmeaflakeman.

  • R: And we're gonna explain the rules of daifugo. Victor's never played before.

  • V: I've never played! Can you believe it? R: So we're gonna teach him how to play.

  • V: It's my pocket of ignorance. T: We'll teach you!

  • R: It's our favorite Japanese card game! I love this game.

  • V: There's no drinking involved?

  • R: You can add drinking if you want.

  • J: I'll go bring the alcohol. Umeshuu.

  • R: Oh, okay! V: Oh, did you actually bring alcohol?

  • J: Yes. V: I love this man! I love this man. Can I kiss him later?

  • R: Go ahead.

  • T: "Go ahead"... lol V: What is that?

  • T: Great! V: Oh wow.

  • J: Umeshuu (Japanese plum wine). V: So we need glasses, huh?

  • J: We don't actually have to drink; it's a souvenir. V: Oh, okay.

  • V: So the winner gets it, okay. R: Omiyage!

  • J: It's just a souvenir. V: Souvenir, really? That's great. Thank you very much.

  • J: Do you hold your licquor? V: I love licquor.

  • J: Okay, cool.

  • V: Can you believe that question? He's obviously never seen any of my videos.

  • V: I'll give you this later [the go pro footage].

  • J: So, daifugo is... R: Can we see the cards now?

  • J: Not really.

  • J: Where should I begin?

  • R: The number one rule is you want to get rid of your cards as fast as possible.

  • R: And there's a whole chain of winners and losers.

  • R: So it's not like someone wins and then the game is over.

  • R: You keep going for 2nd place, 3rd place, and 4th place.

  • J: And so there's a card heirarchy: The weakest card is 3.

  • V: It's not 2? R: Yeah.

  • J: It's 3. Then 4, 5, etc-- queen, king, ace, and then 2 is the strongest.

  • R: The heirarchy is 3 is the lowest. And then it goes up until ace, and then 2 is the highest card.

  • R: Although, there are special cards: two jokers,

  • R: which you can play on top of the 2. Or, jokers can be any card, so it's like a wild.

  • R: If you play a single joker on top of a 2, the only way to beat that joker is the 3 of spades.

  • R: This is-- J: We'll go over the special rules later.

  • R: Okay, should I wait? We'll do special rules later! J: Yes.

  • V: So there are many different ways to play this game, huh?

  • R: There are a lot of special rules, yeah. And you have to decide

  • R: with people which rules you're gonna use before you start playing.

  • J: So, if someone lays down a single card, the next person must also play a single card.

  • R: You have to go up. V: Right. Only up.

  • R: Yeah, and it can't be the same. If someone places a 3 you can't play 3 on top of it.

  • J: It has to be higher. R: At least one higher.

  • V: At least one. So it could be five? R: Yeah, you can play whatever you want

  • R: as long as it's higher. V: Oh, okay.

  • J: And then, if someone plays two cards, the next person also has to play two cards.

  • R: If you're going to play more than one card, they have to be the same card as well.

  • R: Unless... J: Hang on.

  • R: Okay. J: And then, if someone plays three cards, the next person plays three.

  • V: Same with four? R: Yes.

  • J: I'll explain four cards later. V: Okay, so it's different.

  • J: And for--how do you call this, suit? R: Mmhmm. Suits.

  • J: For example, if I play two 3's and Rachel plays two 7's, and the suits are the same,

  • J: See how the suits are the same? V: Yeah.

  • J: If she does that, then you have to play the same suits.

  • J: You have to play those same suits for the rest of the round.

  • V: That's hard! R: Yeah, so this is one of the rules:

  • If someone plays the same suit on top of another card, you have

  • to continue playing that same suit for the rest of the hand.

  • V: So these are both same suit. R: Yeah, and this works even if it's just a single card.

  • R: If you played a 3 and then you played a 7, and it's the same

  • suit, all the other cards after that have to be the same suit.

  • V: But only if they're the same suit on the first card? R: Any card, and it's always the top card.

  • R: So if someone played the 3, and then someone played the 7 here, and then

  • someone else played the 10 of clubs, then you continue from the clubs after that.

  • R: So it's always off of the top card. V: Okay.

  • J: So here's another rule. For example, if I played a 3, Rachel plays a 7, and then Victor plays an 8,

  • you call that "Hachigiri" (8-cut) and get rid of the card pile, and then Victor starts the next round.

  • V: What's "hachigiri"? R: So, 8 is a special card.

  • R: When you play 8 it ends the hand (round). V: Oh, every time you play 8.

  • R: Every time you play an 8. But you can only play an 8 on a lower card.

  • R: So you can't play an 8 on a queen or a jack. I've seen some people try to do that.

  • V: Bastards. J: And if you can't put down any cards you can just pass.

  • V: Okay. So what do you do in the beginning? You pass out all the cards one time?

  • R: Yeah, everyone will be dealt an equal amount of cards.

  • V: How many people can play this game? J&R: As many as you want.

  • R: You can add more decks. T: It's more interesting with more people.

  • V: Oh really? You can play like 2 decks, 3 decks? R: Yeah!

  • T: School girls play like that. V: Oh really?

  • J: Now I'll explain 3 special rules. The 1st is called "Stairs/Kaidan."

  • J: For example, these cards are kind of high, but the jack, queen, and king of

  • the same suit, as long as you have at least three cards, you can lay them down.

  • J: The next person has to play three cards higher than this(K).

  • V: It's a little bit like Uno, but instead of the same card... R: Yeah, so-

  • V: THAT'S WHY!! When I teach kids Uno they always say, "Can we do stairs, too?"

  • V: "What?! What are you talking about?? No! It's Uno!"

  • V: They mean this! They're taking the rule from a different game. T: Stairs.

  • R: So, yeah, they have to be the same suits, and typically you would start out with lower ones.

  • R: And the stairs after this one don't have to be the same suit as the first stairs.

  • R: They can be any suit. As long as the lowest card is higher than the highest card here.

  • V: The lowest card... is highest? R: Is higher than... um, okay-

  • V: But in this case it's impossible. R: Yeah, in this case it's impossible.

  • J: The next rule is- V: Where did you learn this game? In college?

  • R: No, when I studied abroad all of the foreign exchange students were playing it.

  • R: Probably Jun taught them. J: I taught them all.

  • V: And you gambled, right?

  • J: Secretly.

  • V: Secretly... We're playing strip poker today, Tomoko.

  • J: If you play four cards, you call it "kakumei" (Revolution). And the card heirarchy reverses.

  • V: If you play four cards. Only the 7's? Or anything? R: Anything. Any four cards.

  • V: So if you play four cards, it changes the direction. J: So 2 becomes the weakest, and 3 becomes the strongest.

  • R: And it's after this hand. If someone can play another four on top of this, then-

  • V: It'll go back. J: Yeah, it'll go back to normal again.

  • V: That must be really rare. R: It happens sometimes.

  • V: This would be a good drinking game.

  • J: And then the joker is a very useful card. It's basically the strongest card.

  • J: It can play on top of the 2.

  • R: It's the only card you can put on a 2. J: But if it's just a single joker,

  • J: you can beat it with the 3 of spades. R: And you can't play anything on top of this 3.

  • R: This 3 ends it, period. V: So the joker's the strongest.

  • R: Yes. V: But, the 3 kills the joker.

  • R: Just the 3 of spades. V: Only the 3 of spades?

  • J: However, this is the lowest card, 3. V: Oh, right! Of course. Yes, yes, yes.

  • J: So it's kind of a gamble if you want to keep it or not.

  • R: And it only works on a single joker. Because sometimes people have 2.

  • V: So your weakness becomes your strength! Just like life.

  • J: But, for example, if you play two jokers, you can't use the 3 of spades.

  • V: If you play 2... oh, right. Of course, of course.

  • J: So these are the basic rules.

  • J: And then, out of four people, the person who wins first is called "Daifugo." [大富豪]

  • J: Daifugo means what--super rich man? R: Yeah.

  • V: Big rich man. J: Next is fugo--relatively rich man.

  • V: What's the kanji? Dai is big? T: Yes. [大]

  • J: Fugo uses the kanji from "tomi." V: Okay, tomi. [富]

  • J: Go uses... [豪] T: Australia's go. [豪州/Gōshū]

  • V: All right. Just the big go. Okay, I got it. T: Fugo.

  • J: And then, with three people the 3rd is hinmin. [貧民] It means poor person.

  • J: And then the person in 4th is daihinmin. [大貧民] T: Daihinmin.

  • J: And so daihinmin has to give their two strongest cards to daifugo in the next game.

  • V: That sucks! The rich get richer! And the poor get poorer!

  • R: And daifugo can give any two cards back to daihinmin. But they get to choose which cards to give back.

  • V: This is a real capitalist game. J: It is. It really is.

  • V: Cut throat. Okay, cool. J: If daihinmin has a joker, they have to give that up.

  • J: After that it would be 2, ace, king, etc.

  • V: Are you hiding the cards? R: Yeah, yeah.

  • R: Hinmin and fugo exchange one card. J: Just one.

  • J: Since there are a lot of rules, let's try to remember them as we play.

  • T: I only played in elementary school! Those rules were a lot simpler!

  • R: There's a lot of luck involved in what hand you're dealt. Once you get the rules down, then-

  • V: Is this okay? Calories 55% off! J: Do you like umeshuu?

  • V: Oh yeah, I love umeshuu! R&J: Great!

  • V: Should I get some glasses? T: You might drink it all!

  • V: Who starts? J: Let's do janken (rock-paper-scissors).

  • V: I'm bad at janken. J&T: Janken PON!

  • R: I-I don't know how it goes!

  • [janken happening]

  • J: Now you two do it.

  • [more janken]

  • V: You're it. T: So, 2st, 2nd 3rd, 4th.

  • R: Oh, okay! V: She's first?

  • R: That went way too fast for me. I didn't know what was happening.

  • V: Yeah, I'm not good at that. So I guess I should order these in some sort of order.

  • J: Yeah.

  • V: So, ace... 2 is the highest, then ace, right? J: Yeah.

  • J: Rachel put down two fives.

  • R: Oh, we forgot to do the rule where if it's one higher than this, and

  • R: it's the same suit, then it has to continue up with just one higher.

  • R: So like if someone did the 6 of hearts and the 6 of diamonds after this,

  • R: then the next set would HAVE to be the 7 of hearts and the 7 of diamonds.

  • R: So only if it's the same suit and one number higher.

  • J: Which rarely happens. R: It makes it interesting, though. And it does happen.

  • V: Have you had breakfast? You've had breakfast. R: Mmhmm!

  • V: I have't, so this is gonna be great. I can feel it.

  • T: Do the next cards have to be a diamond and heart?

  • J: Any of them are fine. T: So just two cards.

  • R: I can see your cards, but I can help you.

  • V: So I can do this, right? R: Yes!

  • T: Wow!! J: If that had been a diamond,

  • J: The next card would have to be the diamond and heart 7's.

  • T: Right. J: But now anything is fine.

  • T: Right, but I don't have anything. Pass. J: Pass.

  • T: How many times can you pass? J: As many as you want.

  • R: It's whenever you want, and you don't have to play something.

  • R: Even if you can play something you can refuse and just pass.

  • V: But from now on everyone is stuck to just two cards, right?

  • R: Yeah, for just this hand here.

  • V: What do you mean? Oh, this is just one hand and then you throw them away?

  • R: Yeah, so once everyone passes- V: So it isn't like Uno where you have the same pile forever.

  • R: Pass. V: My turn?

  • R: Once you pass you can't go again for this hand. V: Oh really?

  • R: Yeah. So, since I passed if it comes back to me I can't go anymore.

  • T: Pass, pass. J: Pass.

  • R: So since everyone else passed and you were the last person you get to lay down the next cards first.

  • V: Oh, I get to lay it down. And it would be a good thing to start with a low card, right?

  • J: Yes. V: Generally speaking.

  • R: Generally, yep. Unless you're trying to reverse it.

  • V: Oh, damn! I shouldn't have put that down. That's the one that can kill the joker.

  • J: You don't know yet- R: -if someone's ever going to lay down a single joker.

  • V: But it would potentially be a good card to have. T: I can put these cards down, right?

  • J: Yeah.

  • J: That's hachigiri. V&T: Oh, right!

  • V: I was like, how did you do that?!

  • V: So now I've gotta put down two cards, or... T: Rachel has a lot of doubles!

  • T: Two, huh... Pass.

  • J: Pass.

  • V: That means you're up, right? R: I am up.

  • R: Pass.

  • R: You just laid it down so you already won. V: Oh, I didn't have to do that?

  • R: No. Since everyone else passed, then... V: Oh, I see.

  • R: It's already over. V: Okay. So I actually couldn't put these down?

  • R: No. No, it's over immediately once everyone else passes. V: Okay.

  • V: But now you see I have two aces. Aces up my sleeves R: I'm not looking.

  • T: 7? Okay. V: So it's a thinking game.

  • R: It is! It's so fun; I love this game.

  • V: It's a lot more fun than Uno, I gotta say.

  • R: Pass.

  • V: You see the way he did that? He was like, "Look what I got."

  • V: Okay, then I have to pass.

  • T: Okay, pass. J: Yes!

  • V: So then he starts, I see. J: Yep.

  • V: Okay. T: He laid down two cards.

  • V: Uh oh! R: WHAAAA

  • T: So now the next person has to put down a diamond and club. R: HA HA

  • J: The same suit? R: Yeah, so they have to be the same suit after this.

  • V: So you have 3 of diamonds and what is that, clover, club?

  • R: Clubs. V: Clubs. 9 of diamonds, 9 of clubs.

  • V: So I... can't do anything. Oh, hold on! Oh, wait. Hm?

  • R: If you have a joker you can use that, too. V: Oh, look at this!

  • T: No one's played a joker yet. R: EEEEEEH?!

  • V: Ace of diamonds, ace of clubs. J: Sweet.

  • R: Eeeeehh (|||д|||) T: But...

  • V: Uh oh! Bum ba da baa!

  • V: Woooah, nice play. R: Waaaaa

  • V: Two. T: Twos haven't been played yet, either.

  • R: Amazing. J: Pass.

  • R: Everyone's passing, right? T: Okay.

  • V: Pass. T: Okay, next is...

  • V: So who won that? She won. OH wow. 4, 4, 4. J: Three 4s. Pass.

  • R: Pass. V: The three deaths. SHI SHI SHI [how you pronounce death & 4].

  • V: Okay, pass. Ohhh. Dammit! R: Oh, here it goes.

  • R: We're on death row now. V: 8, 9, 10.

  • J&R: Pass. V: She's gonna win!

  • T: I should have played this earlier.

  • V: Nobody can beat that except for a joker. T: Tomoko only have two cards left.

  • V: So 3, 2... got a bunch there. J: Pass.

  • R: Pass. V: I thought... okay, pass.

  • V: No one's played a joker yet. I really wanted a joker.