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Old Shanghai Game: a card game of the Barbary Coast
Old Shanghai Game: a card game of the Barbary Coast
by (Self-Published) (2020)
Player Count
3 to 6

Player Ages

Playing Time
10 minutes to 15 minutes
  • Card Game
  • American West
  • Designers
  • John MacDougall
  • Mechanisms
  • Sudden Death Ending
  • Artists
  • Karen R Johnson
  • Family
  • Cities: San Francisco
  • Rating: 10/10 from 1 users


    Welcome to the Barbary Coast, a Wild West mess of saloons, dance-halls and gambling dens in Old San Francisco. In this elimination card game players try to avoid being Shanghai'd - using "Upstairs Ladies", "Old Shellbacks" taking advantage of "Drunken Sailors" or just by plying opponents with "drinks".
    Other players gang up against a Shanghai'd player with Rowing Gangs or Shanghai Boss cards and there's a price to pay if the Shanghai fails.
    This game has local interest, but isn't only a San Francisco game. The game features good player interaction, it plays fast, eliminated players aren't out for long, less than 5 minutes for the average game.

    —description from the designer

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