No Thanks! is a quick “filler” style card game in which you are trying to have the fewest amount of points. The game was created in Germany by Thorsten Gimmler (insert Full House joke here) and distributed in the United States by Z-Man games.
The deck contains cards numbered 3-35. (Nine of the cards are randomly drawn out of the deck before the game begins.) Each card is worth its face value. Again, the goal of the game is to have the fewest points at the end. To pass, a player places one of his or her chips on the card and play proceeds to the next player who has the same option of passing or taking the card with whatever chips are on the card.
Each chip lowers a player’s score by one point, so a card with a 13 printed on it but with four chips is a nine so to speak. Also a run of cards only counts as the lowest card in the run, so if a player had the 25, 26, 27 and 28 value cards all four of them would only count as 25.
Play continues until all the cards have been picked up. If you run out of chips, you pick up the card when it comes to your turn.
I am big on these short filler-type games because you can get several plays out of them in a sitting, allowing for multiple people to win. They typically don’t take long to explain and pick up on either. No Thanks! is the kind of game that once you play a round you get it and know if you like it or not.
Removing nine cards from the deck before the game begins is brilliant because you just never know if you will be able to make a run of cards or not, after all nearly a third of the deck is missing. There can still be a little strategy to the game and it ends up playing a little more like poker for it.
I like this one. It isn’t my favorite in the filler game category, but if you suggest it I will always be up for a game of it. After kids understand basic math principles really anyone can play this game and enjoy it. And even win.