Big Deal

Jewels from your opponent


My house, my boat, my cars - a game on luxury goods that you acquire yourself or steal from another player and set down in pairs. The current top pair is unprotected and can be stolen. The game comprises 9 luxuries 10 times each, plus 8x home, 8x silver and 4x gold.

You begin with four or five cards, depending on the number of players, and, in your turn, have the choice from four options: Form a set with cards from your hand, form a set with a card your hand and one from the discard pile, steal the top set from an opponent or discard a card. Gold and silver cards are jokers to form a pair, but you cannot set down two jokers for a pair. To steal a set you play a card corresponding to the targeted set, or a joker card. The attacked player can defend his set with a corresponding card or a joker, and the attacker can answer with yet another identical card or a joker, and so on. The last player to play a correct card, takes or keeps the set and all cards played for it in the duel. This results in sets of more than two cards. And such set can be also attacked. After each of the four option you refill your hand to four or five cards.

When someone is out of cards, the round ends and you add up your treasures. If, at the end of such a round, someone has accrued more than a million the winner is the player with the highest total.

Big Deal is a nice quick game, albeit one that is only fun when you steal and re-steal frequently. You can, for instance, let someone have your set and hope that he spent his hand and can den reclaim the set and all cards previously played for it with one card only, maybe.


Players: 2-6

Age: 8+

Time: 30+

Designer: Brent Beck

Artist: Grandpa Becks, Anne Pštzke

Price: ca. 7 Euro

Publisher: Schmidt Spiele 2014


Genre: Set collecting

Users: For families

Version: multi

Rules: de en fr it

In-game text: no



Simple basic rules

Only interesting with stealing interaction

Card memory is an advantage

Rather chance-driven


Compares to:

Set collecting games


Other editions:

Grandpa Beckís Games


Chance (pink): 3

Tactic (turquoise): 1

Strategy (blue): 0

Creativity (dark blue): 0

Knowledge (yellow): 0

Memory (orange): 0

Communication (red): 0

Interaction (brown): 2

Dexterity (green): 0

Action (dark green): 0 †