Ebbes is a quirky spin on your standard trick taking game for 3-5 players. There are five different colors and each round each player is dealt ten cards. However, players must stay on their toes as each color means something different each round and you don't know what any of them mean when the round begins!
At the beginning of each round, a card with a number is flipped over. What does this card mean? The first time that number is played, the color of that number becomes the trump for that round. The second time it is played, that color is worth positive points at the end of the round. The third one played is called "ebbes". For the "ebbes" color, you do not want the most or the least cards of that color at the end of a round. Everyone not holding the most or the least receives three points. The fourth color is the "minus". Each of these is a negative point at the end of the round. The final one played is the "zilch". The player with the most of these cards at the end of the round determines who goes first the next round.