Go-Stop (고스톱) is a Korean card game. I bought myself a set of Hwatu (화투) cards for Christmas and have been teaching myself. The basic premise is a fishing game where you match cards in 12 suits (one for each month of the year). You try to collect cards to gain points. Once you get a certain number of points, you can stop the game, or take a chance and keep going in hopes of getting more points before your opponent goes out.
You can play online here
The challenge is that all the prompts are in Korean! For example. September’s animal card can be either animal or a junk card. The game asks 지금 옮기겠습니까? 예 아니요. Would you like to move now? Yes No. Answer 아니요 if you want to keep the card in your animal stack.
The rules are here
For a 2 player game, each player is dealt 10 cards and 8 cards are placed in the center of the table. For a 3 player game, each player is dealt 7 cards and 6 cards are placed in the center. You match the flowers in a month (example plum blossoms in February) to capture the card in the center of the table. You try to collect cards to get points.
Scoring the points is where the rules get a bit complicated, but fun! When you start doubling and doubling again the score, it can add up quickly.
There are 4 types of cards: brights 강, ribbons 띠, animals 동묻, and junk cards 피.
A summary of the points is here:
23 Korean terms I have learned from playing: Chock, Chong Tong, Cho-dan, Chung-dan, O Kwang, Sa Kwang, Go-bak, Godori, Hwa-t’u, Heundeum, Hong-dan, Kwang, Kwang-bak, Mong-tta-bak, Nagari, Pi, Pi-bak, Ppuk, Tti, Sseul, Sulssa, Sam Kwang, Ttadak, Yul