#43 Playing Ate 'EmApril 21, 2017
In Ate ‘Em, two players play cards on two piles until one of them counts to a total of 50. That pile “wins”, but the match is not over yet.
The winning pile is distributed to both players. The losing pile is destroyed, usually by means of chewing, impaling or crushing. This serves no practical purpose, but it is pretty intimidating.
The actual winner of the match is decided by the size of the last two piles when both players’ hands are empty.
Try not to show off too much or you might not make it to the final counting!
Ate ‘Em is the most savage of the common card games. For such a simple concept, it is very entertaining to watch! It is common practice for players to come up with their own intimidation methods by breaking the cards in all sorts of manners.
I once saw a trickster throw her cards into air where they would transform into pigeons! By the end of the match, the playing ground was filled with befuddled cooing.
Card games bring everyone together. This time we decided to depict a hobo taking on an adventurer in a rapidly escalating game of Ate 'Em. Hobos may own practically nothing, but somehow they always seem to have decks of cards on hand, even when they eat them almost daily.