Game Report: La Bete (Beast)
Number of Players: 2 to 10
Reconstructed mainly from primary source
Date redacted: Oct. 30th, 1995
Redactor: Rose Alessandro de Firenze
Other players: Stefan Skywatcher, Marian of Edwinstowe
This game uses a standard French-suited 52 card deck.
- Before dealing, each player antes an agreed upon amount (the same
total for each player) into each of three piles: the "king of trump"
pile, the "play" pile, and the "triolet" pile.
- Five cards are dealt to each player, starting to the dealer's left.
- The top card is turned over to determine trump and remains on the
table during play.
- Play proceeds as in standard trick games, with kinds high, aces low.
- At the end of each hand (when all the tricks have been taken), five
cards are again dealt to each player, with the person who took the
last trick in the previous hand leading the current one. Play
continues until you can no longer deal a complete hand of five cards
to each player. (Note: this will differ according to the number of
- When you've run through the deck, check for victory conditions. The
person with the most tricks wins the "play" pile; the person with the
king of trump wins the "king of trump" pile; and the person with the
highest triolet (three of a kind) wins the "triolet" pile.
- In the event that no oe definitively wins a particular pile (eg:
two people tie for the highest number of tricks) that pile remains
on the table through subsequent game(s) until someone does win it.