While a bit of competitive spirit can go a long way toward breaking the ice and keeping everyone engaged, not all party games are as good as others. Whereas board games might come off as childish and video game systems can be intimidating to the uninitiated, a classic card game, such as Pit, appeals to gamers of all demographics. As with any game, practice builds the foundation, and strategy makes winning more likely, but do not discount the power of luck either.
Before you can hope to win a game of any sort, you first must understand and be able to follow the basic rules. While simply reading them can give you a general idea of gameplay, nothing can substitute the experience gained from actually playing. Pit combines the complex strategy of more formalcard games, such aspoker, with the fast-paced decision making of crowd-pleasing party games, such asUno, meaning that in order to keep up, you cannot stop to think. For your best chance at winning, play as many practice games as possible with players of all skill levels, but especially those better than you. Study their techniques in order to incorporate them into a winning methodology.
Like many vintage card games, Pit takes its thematic inspiration from an element of the popular culture present at the time of the game's development. In this instance, the major influence was the practice of bidding on and trading for commodities, specifically the Chicago Board of Trade, which was also known as "The Pit". Gameplay sees each player dealt a hand of cards, each suit representing a different commodity such as wheat and corn. If playing with the traditional game set, a player rings a bell placed on the playing area to signify the game beginning. Players attempt to trade cards with one another so as to assemble a full set of one single commodity. The best strategy is to pay attention to the other players' actions. Try to deduce which cards your opponents are collecting by remembering which they give you, and realise that the fewer cards they trade, the closer they are to finishing. By doing so, you can pick the best times to make your big moves.
When all the careful planning and preparation falls through, falling back on luck is always an option. Perhaps after a few hands of Pit you develop an affinity for a certain commodity that you pursue out of superstition rather than gamesmanship, or you insist on only making transactions for odd numbers of cards. No matter what you decide, as long as you are winning, it can be considered a viable strategy.