Patent application title: CRIBBAGE CARD GAME AND PEGGING BOARD
Philip S. Martens (Minneapolis, MN, US)
Alan Oller (Minneapolis, MN, US)
Robert Ramola (Minneapolis, MN, US)
IPC8 Class: AA63F924FI
Class name: In a game requiring strategy or problem solving by a participant (e.g., problem eliciting response, puzzle, etc.) with chance element or event (e.g., backgammon, scrabble, etc.) card- or tile-type (e.g., bridge, dominoes, etc.)
Publication date: 2012-11-08
Patent application number: 20120282988
The present invention is a card and board game either real or simulated
foundationally based on standard cribbage rules. It enhances play by
adding one or more special cards to a standard 52-card deck. The special
cards significantly increase the variety of hands players can get as well
as the strategy involved during pegging and counting. The special cards
also significantly enhance the point totals attainable during pegging and
counting while preserving the integrity of the classic game of cribbage.
A special pegging board can accompany the card game. The board
embodiments provide different length lanes for cribbage based play
corresponding to differing number of players, player combinations playing
the game and game lengths.
1. A cribbage pegging game board real or simulated comprising a plurality
of peg lanes with linear tracks accommodating a plurality of players,
wherein said peg lanes provide the means to accommodate a plurality of
lengths or cribbage play, wherein each of said lengths are for completion
of a single cribbage game for said plurality of players.
2. The board of claim 1 having a plurality of finish holes corresponding to said differing lane lengths, wherein said board having a means to denote 121, the standard length of cribbage play, and a means to denote other lengths of play and finish holes at other lengths.
3. The board of claim 1 wherein each side of the board has corresponding peg lanes, peg holes and predetermined peg lane lengths, wherein a plurality of players use said board to peg up and down said peg lanes on each side of said board, and can peg up and down both sides of said board during play.
4. The board of claim 1 used to play standard cribbage, other cribbage games, games based on cribbage rules with a means to count a single hand having five cards of the same face value, and cribbage games with a means to deliver a hand score totaling more than 44 points.
5. The board of claim 3 having individual pegging lanes of 45 peg holes per lane.
6. The board of claim 5 played in conjunction with a cribbage card game having a possible hand score of 45 points.
 This application is a divisional application under 35 U.S.C.
§121 of earlier filed application Ser. No. 12/380,342 entitled
"CRIBBAGE CARD GAME AND PEGGING BOARD" by Philip S. Martens, et al.,
filed Mar. 23, 2007, which is hereby incorporated by reference and claims
priority to U.S. Provisional Application No. 61/002,879 filed Feb. 26,
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 1. Field
 This application relates to card and board games, specifically to the card and pegging game of cribbage.
 2. Prior Art
 Playing card games has been a part of human culture for centuries. As with culture games evolve over time. As players play games, they sometimes imagine means to improve a game and the enjoyment of the game. Cribbage evolved in this manner when Sir John Suckling adapted the game of Noddy into what we now know as cribbage back in the 17th century.
 Anyone who has played cribbage for a period of time can learn the counting, pegging and card throwing strategy inside and out. That is why over the years players and inventors have tried to make the game more interesting. Innovators have tried to improve the game of cribbage, known and loved across the world, because people enjoy new game experiences. Most commonly inventors have altered the cribbage experience by creating new board shapes and designs.
 In particular, people love new games for which they already have a basic understanding. People can quickly learn and potentially master a new method of playing a game while discovering new plays, strategies, points and play possibilities. With the numerous variations to cribbage boards, there have been surprisingly few attempts to improve the game of cribbage by altering or adding to the actual deck of playing cards, or both deck of playing cards and board structure and design in combination. Some players, however, have come up with ways to alter the card game portion. The most common method of altering cribbage card play has been playing cribbage with double denomination decks of cards.
 Cribbage is played with 52 cards of four suits: hearts, clubs, diamond, and spades. The game is played with the cards A, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K, without jokers. Scoring is traditionally recorded on a board with four parallel lines of 30 holes each plus one or two finish holes. Two pegs are used to record the score for each player; the rear peg showing the previous tally, the front peg recording the current score. Players move their pegs up one side of the board and then back down the other. The aim of Cribbage is to be the first to move the pegs all the way up and down a split length board twice. On a continuous lane style board and simulated board, the players typically peg one length of the board. The winner, is the first to score 121 points.
 To start a new game or series of games, players cut for the deal and lowest card wins. Players then take turns to deal. The dealer deals six cards each with two players. Both players discard two cards face down into what is called "the crib" hand, holding in their hand the remaining cards they feel will give them the most points. The crib, which is counted last, is an extra hand scored for the dealer. With three players the dealer gives each 5 cards, throws one for the crib and each player discards one to the crib. With four players individually or in teams of two, each player is dealt five cards and discards one to the crib.
 Next the dealer asks the player to the right to cut the cards. That player lifts the deck and the dealer picks the top card of the remaining pile while the cutter sets the deck back down. The dealer then places the cut card atop the deck face up. If the cut card is a Jack, the dealer pegs two points. The Jack is the only card, when cut, that gives points to a player in standard cribbage.
 The opponent or player to the left of the dealer begins the pegging play by laying one of his four cards in his hand face up and stating its numerical value. All face cards count ten, the ace counts one and other cards are worth their numerical or "pip" value. The dealer or person to the left of that player then lays a card separately stating the combined total of both cards. Play continues like this with each player alternately laying a card on the pile in front of him or her while verbally keeping tally of the current combined point total. However, the total must not go above 31 points.
 When a player cannot play a card without putting the total above 31, that player says "go" and, if possible, the remaining player or players must continue to lay down cards until that player or players, too, cannot play without taking the total above 31. When no player can play any card without taking the total above 31, the player who laid the last card pegs 1 point. When a player takes the total to exactly 31, that player pegs 2 points. Then the player to the left of the one to lay the last card starts a new round of play starting from zero. When one or more player's cards are exhausted, the other player or players continue.
 During the play, the following events are scored and the appropriate amounts are immediately recorded and pegged on the cribbage board.
 Playing a card bringing the total to 15, 2 points are scored.
 Playing a card matching the previous card scores 2 points for a pair.
 Playing a third matching card scores 6 points, 2 for each pair.
 Playing a fourth matching card scores 12 points, 2 for each pair.
 Playing a card such that with the two preceding cards creates a consecutive run, 3 points are scored. The cards do not have to be of the same suit, nor played sequentially. When the next player lays a card extending the run to 4 cards that player scores 4 points, five card runs score 5 points and so on. For example, suppose cards with the following face value were laid in the following order: 8, 6, 4, 5, 7. The fourth card would score 3 points; the fifth card would score 5 points. Aces count low so Queen, King, Ace scores no run points in standard cribbage.
 Each player then counts the score of the four cards in his hand plus the turned up card. The non-dealer or person who laid the first card during pegging with more than two players counts first followed by the player who laid next and so on with the dealer counting last.  Fifteen: each card combination that equals fifteen counts for 2 points.  A pair, three of a kind, and four of a kind: Count 2, 6 or 12 respectively at 2 points per pair.  A run: A point for each card in a run.  A flush: Four or five cards of the same suit. A point is scored for each card.
 A 4-point flush is counted when all four cards in the hand with matching suit denominations. The turned up card can be counted if it also matches all four cards in the hand giving it a total of 5 flush points. The crib must have all four cards in the hand and the cut card matching suits to collect 5 flush points. There is no 4-point crib flush and flushes do not count in the pegging portion of play.  One for nobs: Holding a jack of the same suit as the cut card gives one point. The highest possible hand score in standard cribbage is 29 points; three fives and a Jack in the hand with the turned up cut card being another five of the same suit as the held Jack. It is impossible to score a 19-point hand in standard cribbage.
 U.S. Pat. No. 4,170,358 to Hancock (1979) discloses a deck of 52 playing cards where forty eight of the cards have split value, and the remaining four cards are one face value. Using this deck with standard cribbage counting rules makes it possible to have five of a kind in a hand. While using these cards however, it is impossible to have a four or five card flush while also holding five of a kind in the same hand. It further describes counting each of two split hands in one hand and adding the totals together for larger point totals. Thus it counts two full hand scores of five cards each, adds them together and calls it a major minor hand score. So with major minor play and two players, the dealer counts four five card hands and the opposing player counts two five card hands for their scores. Using standard cribbage counting rules of counting five cards per hand makes it impossible to score a 19-point hand using this deck. Other than counting and adding up split denominations the cards have no specific rules, characteristics or unique board for enhancing the play of cribbage.
 U.S. Pat. No. 5,280,916 to Gleason (1994), discloses a split face deck of 52 playing cards. One half of the card faces are a standard 52-card deck with four suits and the other half of the faces is another standard deck of 52 cards. This creates a single deck of cards that has two complete 52 standard playing card decks each on the faces of the cards. When used for cribbage the game allows for four or five of a kind but with no flush capability. While following standard cribbage counting rules using this deck of cards, it is also impossible to have a hand score totaling 19 points. This card deck adds no special plays, rules or characteristics or unique board to enhance standard cribbage rules and has no similarity to our invention.
 U.S. Pat. No. 5,590,883 to Brewer (1997), discloses a specific cribbage game using a standard 52-card deck in conjunction with a separate deck of peg cards, together with a corresponding board. The cribbage card game is played with the standard deck using standard cribbage rules. The board has certain peg holes at intervals marked along the peg lanes such that the player who lands in a corresponding hole draws from the deck of peg cards. The pegging cards "disrupt the normal course of play when a player lands on predetermined pegging locations." One pegging card makes players go backwards. With standard cribbage there is no rule or play causing a player go backwards. The peg cards also disrupt the flow of the game among other ways, by requiring players to switch cards with other players and change the player who collects the crib points. The standard deck used to play and count the hands has no special properties or rule modifications enhancing cribbage. Nor does the board accommodate different peg lane length games and different lengths of play. The game of cribbage naturally has slow and poor hands, where at times a player barely moves along the board. Additional factors to slow cribbage may not be as fun to some players, wherein our embodiments have several means to speed up and enhance the game of cribbage.
 U.S. Pub No: US 2005/0093229 A1, discloses adding a series of cards with added jokers, blue colored card suits and null cards to a standard 52-card deck. This ensuing deck is singularly created to alter the play of many card games including hearts, canasta, sheep's head, rummy, spades, acey-duecy, black-jack, poker, draw poker, solitaire and lastly, cribbage. Using this deck according to its rules allows a possible hand of five fives of mixed suits with no flush possibilities. It is not possible to score a 19-point hand as described. As the modified deck relates to cribbage there are optional jokers. When added to the deck, jokers play as nulls. "Jokers have no point values, nor can they be used as any set or sequence. Jokers and nulls can be used defensively, during the play to stop straights, flushes, pairs and three or more of a kind sequences." In this game, the added jokers have no special rules or characteristics for purpose of play except to block points, block pairs, block sequences, lower hand and crib hand point totals. Further, a deck of 84 cards at a minimum and up to more than 100 cards will be difficult to play, especially for anyone with dexterity issues. Further the deck created has no unique board to enhance the play of cribbage.
Play of the Game and Board
 This hybrid cribbage game preserves the integrity of standard cribbage while characteristics and additional rules of play are assigned to one or more special cards. This cribbage game follows cribbage rules for the order of cutting for deal, dealing and throwing cards, counting runs, counting pairs, counting fifteens and flushes. Special cards are added to a standard 52-card deck at levels chosen by the makers of the game and or by players. This makes the deck at least 53 cards when cutting for deal, with a means to structure the cards in an order to determine who cuts for deal.
 In order to best play our game embodiments, a player should first understand standard cribbage rules. There are many ways to play cribbage using our embodiments of a deck with special cards and accompanying board embodiments. Below are two methods among many. For purpose of explanation we'll call special card (f) `The Master®` card, special card (e) a `Super Wild®`, special card (d) a `Wild Card`, special card (c) a `Special-Five®` card, special card (b) a `Super Ace®`, special card (a) the `Zero Card®`. The special cards can be added at varying levels. With only one of The Master card in the deck a player can score five of a kind and a five-card flush in the hand or crib hand.
 Our card games can be played on a standard cribbage board and played on our board embodiments made specifically for cribbage games. Because the games have higher hand totals and move faster than standard cribbage, we recommend playing further than the standard 121 points. However players may want to play to 121 so the games go quicker and players can play more games. For four individual players we recommend playing to 121 or 141, for three 141, and for two we recommend 181. We contemplate other lengths, and players can play varying lengths using our boards.
 When cutting for deal, The Master card is the lowest, followed by the Zero-Card, Super-Ace, Super-Card, Wild Card, standard ace and so on. When cutting for deal, when a player cuts to The Master card they get 5 points, a Super-Wild 4 points, and a Super-Ace is 1 point; where in such cases the winner of the cut starts the game in the lead.
 Every special card is of any and every suit for flush purposes. Thus if a player has 3 diamonds and a special card in their hand she will call it a diamond for an additional 4 flush points in a regular hand. If a matching suit card or special card is then cut, she will have a 5-point flush. As in standard cribbage, with our embodiments the crib hand must have all five suits matching to collect flush points. It is easier to attain flushes with special cards because they are any suit. Holding three Wild-Cards with any other card of any suit in a hand when a Super-Wild is cut scores a 5-point flush because it is at most one card with single suit denomination and all others are any. Each jack and special card played as a jack held in a hand gets a point for nobs when any special card is cut.
 When someone plays a card for a 15 or 31 during pegging, playing the Zero-Card next scores 2 points for the 15 or 31. It can also be used during pegging and counting in runs of zero, ace, and two. The only card besides another Zero-Card that can pair a Zero-Card is The Master card as described later. No points are given for cutting to a Zero-Card.
 When a Super-Ace is cut during play, the crib holder or dealer pegs 1 point. It pairs any ace for counting and pegging and can be played as 1 or 11 during pegging. For example, when the total is 20 the holder has the option to play it at 21 for no points or 31 for 2 pts. The holder can call `go` even though they could play it as 1 point so long as the total to them is 21 points and over. The next round of play, the holder who called go can play it as a 1 or 11. It also scores as a high ace run of queen, king and Super-Ace.
 The value of the Super-Ace is 1 and 11 during counting. Meaning it can be used two ways in the same hand during counting. It can be used as 1 and 11 with fours to total 15 points during counting and pegging play. Thus a player holding two queens, a king, and a four when a Super-Ace is cut, will have a double run for 8 points, three 15's counting the Super-Ace as 1 for 6 points and another 15 for 2 with the Super-Ace counted as 11 for a total of 16 points. With a flush, the points would be higher.
 The Special-Five's value is five and cannot be changed. Special-Fives in play increase the chance of attaining a 45 point hand with five fives and a 5 point flush.
 A Wild Card is any standard face card value the player chooses, but cannot take the value of a Zero-Card or Super-Ace. The holder must use the same value during both the pegging and counting portion of a hand. We recommend the player who physically cuts the deck, gets to call the face value of the cut wild card. This eliminates an unfair advantage of the crib holder to select a value favorable to both of their hands. The person holding the crib pegs 2 points when a wild card is cut.
 The Super-Wild is a wild card that can be played as any standard card face value and can be played during pegging as one face value and counted as another. During pegging the holder can strategically specify the face value when playing it as a 10-point value to make pairs, 15's or runs. The holder of a Super-Wild as his last card must play it when the total before him is 21 or less, but can call go if the total is 22 or more. When the holder plays a Super-Wild as the first/last card played after the last go is called, he collects 4 points for last card. Thus when a player holding a Super-Wild says go and no other player has a card left, the opposing player takes 1 for last card. The Super-Wild holder is the last person holding a card and plays it from zero for 4 pts.
 If play dictates laying a Super-Wild as the first card starting from zero during play, and the other player or players have cards, the next player to lay a card determines the combined or pair value and takes any peg points accordingly. When the Super-Wild is cut, the player who physically cut the deck gets 4 peg points and every player can use it as any standard card of any suit for their hand.
 The Master card is like a Super-Wild where it can be played as a separate face value during pegging and counting. The Master card allows the extra option to play it after calling go. The Master can be played as a Super-Ace or Zero-Card during pegging and counting. When The Master and a Super-Ace are in one hand and The Master is counted as a Super-Ace, the two cards are `two pairs` or 4 points, each special card being 1 and 11 in the same hand.
 The Master automatically `flushes` a hand. In the regular hand it gives 4 and for the crib, 5 flush points. It does not affect the cut card except when in the crib hand. Thus to attain the 5th point, all the suits within the regular hand must match the upturned card. If the upturned cut card is a Wild Card yet the regular hand has a mix of suits plus The Master, the player does not get the 5th point. For the crib hand The Master card flushes all cards including the upturned cut card for a total of 5. The Master in your crib is thus worth a minimum of 7 points for a pair and five card flush.
 Play The Master as the very last card in the pegging round after starting the total from zero, for 5 peg points. If played as the first card from zero, the opposing player calls the value during pegging. That should never happen to a clever player because The Master can be played as a Zero-Card after a 31. The person who physically cuts the deck gets 5 points when The Master is cut during play and it is any value and suit to all players.
 One of the most exciting and rare plays happens when The Master is played immediately after the Super-Wild. When it happens the point total is automatically doubled. Thus, in a circumstance where play starts from zero and three threes are played, then the Super Card is played to make four threes in a row for 12 peg points for the pairs. Playing The Master card next will give you five of a kind for 20 pegs points, plus a total of 15 for 2 more peg points, then double it for 44 peg points!
 An alternate game with this embodiment is "See-one-play-one". When a player throws down a card, the opposing player must play a card in their hand as same card for a pair if they can. Any matching and special cards in the hand must be played as the card until the player runs out of cards, or must play their cards at another face value. So, a player holding several of one card, say a three, can force the opposing player to continue to play any threes or special cards as a three during peg play. The high totals can arise to more than eight of the same card being played in succession for 56 peg points and more. After pegging, one method allows you to count or tally the cards as you would have and another says you must count them at the played value during pegging. It's players' choice, determined before the start of a game.
DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
 FIG. 1 is a top view of a cribbage game pegging board, simulated and or made from a suitable material, with four contiguous pegging lanes and three differing lengths of pegging lanes. This embodiment accommodates our cribbage games, standard cribbage and other cribbage games for purpose of tallying points. This figure represents an embodiment we presently contemplate, but other lengths of peg lanes, embodiments with more than four lanes, other shapes and sizes of boards and ornamental features can be used.
 FIG. 1X indicates a start position to hold pegs for up to four lanes of play.
 FIG. 1A indicates a first finish hole at 121 points, the length of play for a standard game of cribbage. This is the placement of a finish hole we contemplate for this embodiment. We also contemplate having the finish hole outside the lanes or in other places on the board and at other lengths. Further we have contemplated splitting the board and other design embodiments to the flow of the board. The row of peg holes immediately before this finish hole is an end line for four individual players and optional end line for three or two individual players and teams of two players. It is a transition line on the board where three or fewer individual players or teams of two players can continue on with play to a further length on the board.
 FIG. 1B is a second finish hole at a place further down the embodiment than finish hole 1B and positioned at shorter length than finish hole 1C. We also contemplate having the finish hole outside the lanes or in other places on the board and at other lengths. The row of peg holes immediately before this finish hole is an end line for three individual players and an optional end line for two individual players and teams of two players.
 FIG. 1C shows a third finish hole further on the board than finish hole 1A and 1B. We also contemplate having the finish hole outside the lanes, other places on the board, at other lengths and having more than three finish holes. The two peg holes immediately before this finish hole are an end line further on the board than the previous end-lines. The end line is for two individual players and teams with two players. We contemplate other lengths of lanes.
 FIG. 1H is a hinge in the embodiment allowing it to fold in half. We can also make the boards solid, multi-hinged, of varying materials, and other designs we contemplate.
 FIG. 2 is a top view of an embodiment of a cribbage game pegging board, simulated and or made from a suitable material, with four contiguous pegging lanes and two differing lengths of peg lanes. The embodiment allows the user to play our enhanced game of cribbage, standard cribbage and other cribbage pegging games.
 FIG. 2X indicates a start position to hold pegs for up to four lanes of play.
 FIG. 2A indicates a line of 4 adjacent peg holes, each in separate pegging lanes, any of which can serve as a finish hole for standard cribbage at 121 points for up to four individual players and teams of players. It is a demarcation line on the board for this embodiment boxing in where a finish hole would be and is on a standard length cribbage board. We contemplate other means to indicate the end line and finish hole or holes such as colorations on the board, arrows, grooves, separation from the next peg holes on the board, an added finish hole outside the lanes of play and other means. We contemplate computer and other simulated means including playing a game on a visual device that gives players options of more than one length of play. Once the length of play is chosen the other lengths can disappear from view during play, no longer visually showing the other lengths.
 FIG. 2B is a finish hole for three and four individual players. It is an optional finish hole for two or fewer individual players and teams of two players. It is further on the board than finish hole 2A for standard cribbage and positioned at a shorter length than finish hole 2C. It is an optional end line or continuation line for two or fewer individual players and teams of two players. We contemplate other lengths of play besides that represented in 2B.
 FIG. 2C is a finish hole for two individual players and teams with two players. In this embodiment it is further on the board than finish holes 2A and 2B. We also contemplate having this finish hole between the lanes or in other places on the board, at other lengths and in conjunction with other finish holes for other lengths of play.
 FIG. 2H is an optional hinge on the board that allows folding.
 FIG. 3 shows a top view of a cribbage board which is simulated and or made from a suitable material, with three parallel pegging lanes and two differing lane lengths on each side of the board. Each section of playing peg lanes have a corresponding set of lanes and peg holes on the opposite side. The board allows the user to play our enhanced games of cribbage, standard cribbage and other cribbage style games.
 FIG. 3X indicates a start position for the pegs.
 FIG. 3Y is 3 peg lanes where players can tally the overall number of games they win.
 FIG. 3A is a demarcation line on the embodiment indicating where the lanes of a standard cribbage board end. For players choosing to play standard cribbage it is the indicator to change directions and go down the other side of the board. For standard cribbage, players go up and down twice. This embodiment shows three lanes at the start. We contemplate boards, real and simulated with more than three pegging lanes.
 FIG. 3B is three pegging lanes that go five peg holes beyond standard cribbage length and end. Three individual players using this embodiment to play beyond standard cribbage length change directions at the end of the lane to go down the other side at the equivalent point. Two individual players and teams of two players can choose this length to change directions on the board as well. Players can go up and down the board passing along this section once or more than once and end in the finish hole. For the current embodiment of cards and board we recommend going up and down twice. We also contemplate making this section shorter, longer, with fewer or more lanes and in other places on the board. Visually simulated boards can automatically show or not show varying lengths of play based upon player and manufacturer preferences.
 FIG. 3C is a section of two pegging lanes extending ten peg holes further than section 3B where the three lanes end. Two players and teams of two players each can use this length of pegging lanes to play cribbage games longer than standard cribbage. With this embodiment, the two long lanes on each side of the board are 45 peg holes in total length. This length is equivalent to the 45-point hand possible in the card game embodiment. Each length has within it a standard cribbage length and other possible lengths less than 45 but greater than 30 of standard cribbage. The pegging lanes on each side of the embodiment have a matching equivalent on the other side. Players choosing to play the longest length on this embodiment will change direction on the board. We also contemplate other length lanes having related derivatives of length, proportions of length and other lengths we contemplate for use of play.
 FIG. 3D is the finish hole for every lane and length of play.
 FIG. 3H is an optional hinge for folding this embodiment.
 FIG. 4 shows an embodiment of special cards in the following order from upper left to right of row one: special card (d), special card (c), and special card (b). The bottom row from right to left shows an embodiment of special card (a), special card (f) and special card (e). One or more of these cards can be used in any combination. In order to have five of a kind and a five-card flush with only one special card added to a standard 52-card deck, The Master must be in the deck and within the crib hand. This hand would be with three cards with the same face value and The Master card in the hand. A cut card matching the face value of the three cards in the crib would make five of a kind and the Master flushes all five cards within the crib hand.
 Each card embodiment has a one face value and one representation of each suit on its face. We also contemplate special cards with no suit indicia on their face yet having properties of representing all suits for flush purposes and other plays and characteristics for the special cards.
 From the description above a number of advantages of the embodiments of our card game and pegging board embodiments become evident:
 (a) The new game may interest new players with no experience to the game thus helping manufactures and sellers to move product into the marketplace, meanwhile providing users a fun and inexpensive way to spend their time.
 (b) The cribbage game uses a deck of 52 standard cards and can be used to play any standard card game, standard cribbage game, as well as the other games we describe. This will allow a player to play standard cribbage or to teach standard cribbage to a new player as a prelude to learning the new, more complicated and fast paced games with added special cards described here.
 (c) The game increases the pace and point totals over standard cribbage, making the game more interesting, thought provoking and fun. It creates a new language or nomenclature when playing. Hands with no special cards can be called `natural` hands.
 (d) The cribbage game can be played on a standard board at standard length or by extending the length of play on that board. This allows players who already own a board to use their existing board during play. It can also be played on our embodiments for players who wish to have a dedicated board, which accommodate multiple and longer pegging lengths.
 (e) Addition of a Super-Ace in cribbage creates new high straight and card counting combinations that score additional points.
 (f) Addition of special cards to a standard 52-card deck enhances the strategy of pegging, counting and throwing to the crib hand compared to standard cribbage. Players who have mastered cribbage will appreciate new challenges to their skill and abilities.
 (g) The board embodiments are aesthetically pleasing, and are easy to use and understand.
 (h) Additional special cards can be optionally added to a deck thereby allow players to choose the amount they wish to use to help establish the pace and complexity of the game.
Patent applications by Philip S. Martens, Minneapolis, MN US
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