Each player starts with the same number of holdings, i.e., matches, buttons, or similar. The loser in each round is the one with the lowest value playing pieces when the round of trades is finished or interrupted. The loser has to pay from his holdings into a pool on the table. It is a matter of not having the piece with the lowest value in each round.
The winner is the person with matches or buttons after all the other players, one after the other, have lost their holdings and exited the game. The 42 Gnav pieces range in value down from the CUCKOO, which is the most valuable. The ranking of the pieces is given below along with the functions they have in the game:
The Cuckoo stops the game. The person with the Cuckoo says:
The Knight stops the trade with an adjacent player. A person who has
The Cat stops the trade and everyone who has made a trade earlier
The person who has a Horse piece says : "PASS THE HORSE."
The person who has a House piece says : "PASS THE HOUSE."
Roman numerals on playing pieces indicate the value of the piece.
The Pot is a bad piece. A player who has a piece
The Owl is a bad piece. A player who has a piece
A player who gets a Joker at the distribution of pieces
THE CUCKOO, KNIGHT, CAT, HORSE and HOUSE are called MATADORS.
The Matadors make things happen and cause unexpected situations in the game.
Note that players who get MATADOR pieces can prevent a trade with the adjacent player by saying the words that are associated with the playing piece.
PLAYING THE GAME
The players (from 2 to 20 ) sit around a table. Each player begins with equal holdings of matches, buttons, or similar. The loser in each round is the person who ends up with the lowest value playing piece when the round of trades is finished or interrupted. The loser must pay from his or her holdings into a pool on the table, never to any of the other players. If two players lose with identical pieces, both have to pay. Anyone who has lost all pieces exits the game.
The winner of the game is the person who after one or more rounds has something left of his or her holdings after all other players have lost their holdings or have exited the game.
A player draws pieces from the bag and gives one piece to each other player. Nobody should see the symbols on the playing pieces while they are being distributed. When everyone has received playing pieces, the dealer says: "LOOK," and everyone looks at his or her piece. The player to the left of the dealer checks his or her playing piece as to whether it should be traded or kept. If the player has received a good playing piece and wants to keep it, he or she says: "I AM SATISFIED." If the player wants to trade, he or she turns to the player to the left and says: "I WANT TO TRADE ." The piece taken in trade must be retained.
If the player who has been asked has a Number, Pot, Owl, or Joker, he or she must trade with the person who asks. The trade continues without the value of the playing piece being revealed. If the player has one of the Matador pieces, he or she says the words that are associated with the piece, ( see above ). The action in the game depends on which piece he or she has.
If a player has been asked to trade and has a Cuckoo, he or she says, " CUCKOO! " The game stops. A player who has had to give up his or her playing piece evaluates the piece he or she has received in trade and decides whether to trade again with the player to the left, - or whether to keep it.
The players continue to trade around the table with the person to the left until the round is completed or interrupted. At the end of the round of trades, the last person turns to the dealer with the bag. The dealer can finally trade his or her playing piece for one in the bag, if desired.
After a completed round, the dealer says: "SHOW YOUR PIECES," and everyone shows his or her playing piece. The person who has the piece with the lowest value loses and has to pay a match into the pool on the table. All of the playing pieces are put into the bag again. The next round of play starts when the bag with all the playing pieces is given to the next person to the left of the dealer. The new dealer distributes the pieces for the next round.