Don’t Skip Over Uno with Friends

By Joel Davis & Clayton Doty

Do you remember playing the card game Uno as a child? Sitting in a circle on hard, plastic seats and laying on the desks? Sitting in the halls by the lockers, or being up on the field? We surely do.

Over the years, we’ve played with our friends, family—basically anyone who was up for the challenge. We also remember the times we played Uno with a few of our good friends.

Uno was created in 1971 by Ohioan Merle Robbins. Robbins got the idea for Uno because of an argument he had with his son over Crazy Eights, a card game. They were arguing about the game’s rules. Eight cards are dealt to each player. The remaining cards of the deck are placed face down at the center of the table. The top card is then turned face up to start the game. Players discard by matching rank or suit with the top card of the discard pile, starting with the player left of the dealer. If a player is unable to match the rank or suit of the top card of the discard pile and does not have an eight, they draw cards from the stockpile until getting a playable card. When a player plays an eight, they must declare the suit that the next player is to play; that player must then follow the named suit or play another eight. Crazy Eights is just like Uno, although it just doesn’t have Draw cards, Skip cards, or Wild cards, and it just uses a regular, common deck of cards.

Uno is usually a fun and time-consuming game to play with friends and family. You can play for hours or just a couple of minutes. If some of your friends don’t know how to play, it’s easy to pick up. If your friends are new to Uno, then it will definitely take a bit of time because you have to show them how to play so they understand the rules.

If you’re like us or our friends, you can become infuriated and mad throughout the entire game. The reason why we became mad at times was because someone would put a Plus Two card down, and then people added Plus Two card after Plus Two card, resulting in having to draw eight new cards.

Typically, it is ideal to play Uno with five other people. The more people you get, the more opportunities there are to get frustrated. We enjoy playing with as many people as possible because it gives us a chance to frustrate more players with our cards. Additionally, we get to spend time playing Uno with more of our friends instead of just a couple of people. Sometimes, we would play for a long time. In fact, our games oftentimes lasted a whole class period. At times, we would team with each other so we would have a better chance of winning. We made each other furious with the Draw and Skips cards—the cards you could use just to put anger into your friend’s or opponents eyes.

Whenever we win a game of Uno we feel like screaming “YES!” Why yes? Because if you ever play a game of Uno and it takes a long time to finish, there is no doubt that someone made your blood boil with anger.

The older decks of Uno had just the numbers and letters instead of numbers and symbols. If Robbins didn’t make the Skip cards and Draw cards, it would have been a much calmer game. Perhaps that is what makes Uno so enjoyable and slightly addictive. Regardless of whether there are numbers or letters or symbols, Uno is an amazing game to play with your friends and family.