The Great Dalmuti is easy to learn and quick to play. A game .. The Customer Service Team answers rules questions about all of our products, including our. Life isn’t fair and neither is The Great Dalmuti!. The exception to this rule is when a player has two Jesters in their hand; they can declare a Revolution. Life isn’t fair and neither is The Great Dalmuti! the peons, as they play last and lose their best cards, along with any extra rules the “Dalmuti” at the top wants .

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One round you’re at the top of the heap, and the next you’re peasant scum in this fast-paced card game of medieval one-upmanship. The players take their places in the pecking order, from Greater Peon to Greater Dalmuti, and try to get rid of the cards in their hands.

Next round, everyone’s roles could change because the faster you get rid of your cards, the higher you’ll go.

If you’re unseated, you’re really unseated: But don’t get comfortable in the cushy chair ruled the Greater Dalmuti, because in a single hand even the lowliest Peon can boot you out the door. But ah, the sweet taste of victory could make it all worthwhile Every once in a while one feels a yearning to play the classics.

Uno, Battleship, Monopoly a classic that can take a LONG time …but there are other classics that are not as well known. So what is The Great Dalmuti? Each player is assigned a rank based on their play.

greta The person who is the highest in the pecking order after a round of play is called The Greater Dalmuti, and the player who has the least standing is the Greater Peon more about the order will be explained later.

The game itself is comprised of cards not unlike your standard poker deck, except that there are no suits, and the number of cards differs.

The value of a card determines how many of that card there are; there is 1 card of value 1, 2 cards of value 2, 3 cards of value 3, all the way up to 12 twelves. In addition, there are two Jesters. They act as wild cards with other cards, or act as a card of value 13 at other times. The object of each round of play is to get rid of your cards first before your opponents.


To do this, players lay down sets of cards from their hand. The person who leads off playing cards must be matched by the other players with cards of lesser numerical value, or else that person will continue to have control and can continue to lay cards until someone can match. Player 2 has no other options, so Player 2 passes. In card expenditure, Player 1 has expended 8 cards, Player 3 and 4 have expended 4, and Player 2 has played none.

Player 1 is sitting at a large advantage, where Player 2 is doing the worst.

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That explains how the game is played in a nutshell, but where this game is distinctive is the ranks that are assigned. The game actually states that to keep track of who is what rank, players will be seated according to rank, so if someone changes social standing, they will have to relocate from their chair into their newest position.

The Greater Peon is the bottom of the heap, and has to do all the menial tasks. This includes shuffling the cards, dealing the cards, and collecting the cards from everyone after a trick has concluded. The exception to this rule is when a player has two Jesters in their hand; they can declare a Revolution, to prevent taxation that turn. The end to this game is indefinite, but from personal experience, a good place to end the game is when two rounds have passed where no one has switched positions or social rank.

The Great Dalmuti

This usually indicates a stable social order, and further changes are unlikely. However, the game can be decided on a specific number of dalmiti if so desired.

In addition, The Greater Dalmuti if agreed upon can order the Greater Peon to do different tasks, like fetch soda or snacks from the kitchen. It’s a bit of role-play, but it’s all in good fun.


The Great Dalmuti is purely a social game; you rarely come away from this game feeling like you achieved any great victory, even when you come out on top. But this is one of those games that goes a bit beyond the game itself, inviting people to talk to each other or to role play and socialize. At the same time, if you do take the hand of having the Greater Dalmuti order the Greater Peon around, make sure that you do so with people who can appreciate it, and with people who won’t take it too far.

This game is well-known around the convention circuit, and still sees the light of day for a spot of good-hearted fun.

Its plays very well with a large number of players, even with people that have never played a board game…: O yes, I have friends that have never played a board game. We use a house rule that involves Victory Point that makes the game much more interesting, you should look for it in the Tips section of the game. This game is easy to learn, easy to play, but with a certain depth that allows for great replay ability.

I would highly recommend to play with the alternate rules of having multiple chairs of varying comfort, giving the Greater Dalmuti the most comforting, and making the Greater Peon stand. We also play with the Greater Peon must serve drinks to all other players at the beginning of each round.

You must be logged in to add a review. Reviews 3 Game Tips 2 Discussion. The theme of the game is also quite simple but appropriate. The art is very nice.

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