Our teachers love UNO. And the way they play is 100 times better than the way I learned growing up.
There’s even a Chinese rip-off version of it called “Who’s Afraid of Who?” (谁怕谁？), which is essentially the same but the cards are look different. What makes Chinese UNO better are the house rules our teacher’s use, which make things faster, more violent, and more luàn (乱/chaotic):
- 0 – trade hands with anyone you choose.
- 7 – last person to slap the discard pile has to draw two.
- You can play an identical card as the most recent discard at any time, and play continues to your right or left, depending on which way you’re going at the time.
- If the person beside you plays a Draw Two or Draw Four against you, you can play the same on top of it and pass the accumulating penalty on to the next person.
- The worst loser gets punished.
I don’t even know if this is “Chinese” UNO, if our teachers just made up extra rules, or if foreigners who learned some other version of UNO taught our teachers how to play. Either way, they love it.
These two photos are from this afternoon.