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A solitaire card game created by Nathan Mehlhorn

Overview

You swore that you’d never return to that life ever again, but here you are. Forced between a rock and a hard place, either you hunt down the list of bounties placed in front of you or you’ll have one more hole in that ol’ head of yours when they lay you down for a dirt nap. Your past has finally caught up with you, and you can’t help wonder, has your luck finally run out?

Blackjack Bounty is a solitaire card game that uses Blackjack, or 21, as a base. In the course of the game you must hunt down several bounties or die trying. You’re an experienced bounty hunter though, and you still have a few tricks up your sleeve. That said, it still may not be enough, but if you’re lucky, you can finally return to the peaceful life you’ve almost gotten used to.

To win the game, simply capture all bounties by playing enough cards or by making enough 21’s (Blackjacks) without going over (busting). It may sound simple, but it’s actually quite tricky!

What's in the Box?

Depending on if you download the full color version or the stripped down black and white version, you are getting a rulebook approximately 15 pages long. The rules fit on about 4 of those pages with the rest being dedicated to a detailed play example, optional variants (including a scrapped beta version of the game), and a full glossary of every keyword in the entire document. Additionally, the PDF has built in bookmarks for easy navigation.

As a separate document you can optionally download play sheets (color and B&W as a single PDF) which allow for easily tracking your skills using a coin as well as setup guides for how the cards should be positioned at game start. This is completely supplemental and therefore not included in the primary document.

What You’ll Need

To play Blackjack Bounty you need the following:

  • A basic understanding of the game “Blackjack”, sometimes referred to as “21”
  • A standard deck of 52 playing cards (jokers removed)
  • Some dice, several tokens, or a sheet of paper (recommended are 2 four-sided dice or 2 six-sided dice as well as a ten-sided die. It’s less wasteful than paper and easier to manage. My examples will assume you are using dice.)
  • This rulebook

What's this Cost?

Unlike my previous games, this comes with a cost of $5 USD*. I had more people than usual willing to playtest this and provide detailed feedback on both the game's feel and potential pricing. All participants suggested a higher retail cost than what I ultimately settled on. Coupled with my own research, I've found that there really isn't anything like this out there, a game built around Blackjack that isn't just Blackjack, and looking at similar products on this website, I've concluded this is more than a fair price point.

With all that said, if you can't afford the game for some reason please contact me. I am very understanding and more than happy to give out copies to folks who are facing financial hardships (no questions asked). Additionally, every sale of the game will create a free community copy that can be claimed by anyone (it's yours to keep forever). Last, but certainly not least, the first 20 people to try the game will receive a free copy via the community copy section if they so choose**. If you claim such a copy, all I ask is that you leave a comment/review along with a rating on this page.

*Patrons at my $5 tier receive this game for free and contribute one community copy to the pool automatically. There is no need for you to do anything as I will email you the game free of charge.

**All initial free copies have been claimed. I hope everyone who did so enjoys the game and I look forward to your feedback. A few additional copies were added to the pool thanks to some returning to purchase the game along with my Patrons contributing a few additional copies. I will continue to add community copies as more folks purchase the game, so be sure to check the page from time-to-time!

Credit & Influences

Blackjack Bounty takes inspiration from a TV game show called “Catch 21”. Particularly the idea of multiple Blackjack hands and their “power chip” mechanic, which is called the luck skill here. The rest is my original design based on a larger scale project that uses similar concepts but is otherwise unavailable at the release of this document.

This game was written and produced by Nathan Mehlhorn in association with Jon Spencer Reviews.

Jon Spencer Reviews

Thank You & Feedback Request

A big thank you to everyone who decides to try out Blackjack Bounty. I sincerely hope you have a lot of fun and would love to hear about your experience. If you have the time, especially if you liked the game, I would be eternally grateful if you would leave a comment and review here on the game’s page.

Special thanks to my Patrons who helped make this game possible:

  • Cameron Probert
  • Infinite Zenith
  • Jack Scheibelein
  • Moya Tori
  • Owningmatt93
  • Scott F.
  • Shāfiya Mū

Additional thanks to:

  • Michael
  • Blinky

Depending on the reception of this project, Blackjack Bounty may receive additional support beyond my typical edits. If you have an idea, you are welcome to pitch it to me on the game’s page or via email at jonspencerreviews@gmail.com. I always give credit where the community helps in a meaningful way, so you could see your name here in this book!

StatusReleased
CategoryPhysical game
Rating
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(5 total ratings)
AuthorJonSpencerReviews
GenreCard Game
Tagsblackjack, physical-game, Singleplayer, solitaire, solo
Average sessionAbout a half-hour
LanguagesEnglish
LinksBlog, Twitter, Ko-fi, Patreon

Purchase

Buy Now$5.00 USD or more

In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $5 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Blackjack Bounty.pdf 1 MB
Blackjack Bounty - BW.pdf 437 kB
Blackjack Bounty Play sheets.pdf 1 MB

Community Copies

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Community Copies

With every purchase of Blackjack Bounty a free community copy will be given out for those who would like them. Just claim the game and it's yours to keep 100% free forever. Ever since I learned about these community copies I thought they were a lovely idea, so hopefully this can help some of you out. I sincerely hope you enjoy the game and thank you for considering to pay it forward!

If you claim a copy via this method, I ask you please leave a comment/review and rating on this game's page.

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Any chance of some community copies id love to review this on my vlog

I appreciate your interest and have also recieved your email. I'm not home at the moment but I will be later, once I'm back I'd be more than happy to send a copy your way.


Looking forward to your review! :)

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I've been enjoying this game quite a bit for the past month or two, and I gotta say this game packs a whole lot into its tiny package! I love how infinitely variable the game feels as I'm switching up my strategy from round to round, not to mention (as an RPG player), always having dice and card with me while I'm on the run makes this a quick favorite when I need to burn a little bit of time in between classes and meetings! 


Fantastic job Jon, keep up the awesome work!!  

Wow, thank you so much! I'm glad to hear this one has become a staple for you and really appreciate you taking the time to leave a comment and review for me. I have some more planned for this project, so look forward to that when I can get around to it ;) Let me know if you have any ideas for the game too as I'd love to hear 'em!

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Alright, so I decided that I either am playing it wrong or that the jokers varients are actually surprisingly strong + helpful. And kinda just played through 26 bounties on two decks.


That aside. though. So, what are we supposed to actually do if the joker shows up in a lead?

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Appreciate the comment and question! There's a reason the Joker variant was a scrapped beta version, which I mostly included in here for fun. I'm not at all surprised it made the game a lot easier for you (though having the Jokers show up with any consistency is somewhat surprising, you must be quite lucky), but as long as you are having fun, great!

As for your actual question, please note the final sentence in its section (pg. 13 in the regular book):

"If the Joker should appear from your draw or in your reserves you get to reap all the rewards without any of the work! Choose any 2 bounty rewards, remove the Joker from the game, and shuffle the discard thoroughly back into the deck."

So if you have a Joker appear as a lead it's an auto clear, which is obviously stupid strong. You may choose to trigger this effect later if you have an open lead you want to just set it in, but that comes with its own pros and cons, I wouldn't recommend it personally.

Thanks again for taking the time, I hope that helped :) Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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Blackjack Bounty is an innovative reimagining of an old classic, adding newfound dimensionality into solitaire that gives it a Wild West tone. Here, elements from tabletop games come in to make every match refreshing and novel: I've gone through a few games to get a feel for things, and it's clear that there's enough variability to make whole afternoons disappear in the blink of an eye. Beginning players can set the game up at lower difficulties to get a feel for things, while more advanced players can tune the parameters for a tailor-made experience to challenge their skill. With something for everyone, Blackjack Bounty is a fantastic way of bringing the Old West right into one's living room!

I'm glad you enjoyed the game, thank you! What you've said is incredibly kind. Really appreciate you taking the time to comment and review as well :)

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A cool take on Blackjack and one of the more enjoyable solitary games I've come across in a long time. The versatility of difficulties also makes it great for long-time card players looking for a challenge, as well as newbies that want something easy to dive into with a familiar backbone (in this case, Blackjack!). I highly recommend this to all; worth every cent.

Thank you for the kind words! I'm glad you enjoyed the game and took the time to comment and rate :)