I love playing cards with my two kids. One game we are fond of is “Carré Couper”. I found the following description of the game in AOL-answers (for non-French speakers, carré = square, couper = to cut):

The game starts by each couple to set a secret code so they’ll be able to speak during the game. That’s because they can’t see each other cards. The aim of the game is to create a foursome of the same card rank in one of the partner’s hands and to prevent from the other couple to set it’s own foursome. At the beginning each player gets 4 cards. The rest stay in the fund. On each round 4 cards are taken out from the fund and put face up on the table. A player may switch cards with these on the table, though he may not hold more than 4 cards. A player will try to hint his partner on his cards or on the rivals cards using the secret code. When all the players have no more intrest in the 4 cards on the table, the cards are taken out of the game. So obivously, One cannot create a foursome with these cards ranks. The game ends when a player recognizes his body has a foursome and declares “Carré” or when a player thinks the rival couple have a foursome and declares “Couper” before they declare “Carré“. You set points – 1 for “Carré, 4 for “Double Carré“,a pair may intentionally choose to wait until each pair member will have a foursome. You should declare “double Carré”. 2 points for “Couper” and 1 point for the other pair for a wrong “Couper”. “Double Coupe” and “Double Carré Couper” are very rare and should get many points.

The problem that we face is that we are three, and often in lack of a forth partner. We thought of the following adaptation of the game to three players: the players sit in a cycle, each pair of players selects a secret code. Each player’s goal is to reveal to the player on his right when he creates a foursome of the same card rank, while detecting when that player has such a foursome. Thus, when I create a foursome, I should reveal it to the player on the right, while hiding it from the player on the left.

Everything looked fine until we realized that there is a srategic aspect to this game: player 1 may be willing to reveal to player 2 his secret code with player 3 so that player 3 cannot win a point. When we realized this point, my older son refused to play the game. We tried to tell him that we will not do it; after all, we are family and can count on each other. But he refused whatsoever.

So if there are three of you somewhere who try playing this variation, please tell me how it goes.