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Presidential Rummy

Match and swap the "Presidents" of the United States in this fun parody card game!




Presidential Rummy

What is Presidential Rummy?

Presidential Rummy is a parody card game for 1-4 players where you match and swap "Presidents" based on their different attributes.



  • Drunk: Had drinking problems
  • Less-Educated: Never went to college
  • Lawyer: Practiced law
  • Military: Had military experience
  • Older: Over 55 when elected
  • Younger: Under 55 when elected
  • Popular: Had high approval ratings
  • Unpopular: Had low approval ratings
  • 1X: Served a single term of 4 years or less
  • 2X: Served more than 4 years or 2+ terms

Coalition Types:


  • Partisan: All three in the same political party
  • Bi-Partisan: Two in one political party, one in another
  • Tri-Partisan: All three in different political parties
  • Chronological: All three elected in chronological order (based on number)

How do you play?

In the basic game, players draw 3 President cards and reveal the top Goal card. The active player attempts to form a set (or "coalition") of 3 Presidents that fits the Goal. If it's not possible, the player draws a replacement Goal card. If it's still not possible, the player draws a new President card and passes.


If the player CAN form a set, they pick up the goal card and place it in front of them, putting the 3 President cards below the goal. They then draw up to 3 new President cards and play continues.


The "Rummy" aspect of gameplay comes from being able to swap (meld) cards from your played set on the table with cards in your hand to form a new set.


In addition to the Presidents and Goal Cards, there are two special cards:


Wild Cards are President cards that may be any color, number, or attribute. Once placed, they cannot be melded.


Drain the Swamp cards are Goal cards that allow players to remove an opponent's placed set of Presidents, making them lose their earned points.

How do you win?

The first player to reach 100 points by placing sets of Presidents wins! (In the case of a tie, the Supreme Court may need to decide the outcome! :)

Are there alternate rules?

The Rules of Play also include a "Go Fish" variant of the game to make things more interactive with your opponents, as well as a 6-goal card variant to give you more goals during play. You can add a timer to make players move more quickly, or play a solo-variant if you like.

Why did I make Presidential Rummy?

I've always been a fan of American history, and have been fascinated by how the country's many historical periods have been reflected by their different leaders at the time: the Presidents of the United States.

Every President has an interesting story (especially the lesser known ones), but did you know that despite their differences in time, the Presidents have quite a bit in common? Many were lawyers, some had military backgrounds, and a good number were known for their drinking!

Keeping this in mind, I came up with a card game with a simple melding mechanic that uses political parties and Presidential attributes as "suits" and values. Like Rummy, there are wild cards, and you can swap cards to reach your goals. Since this is a parody game, all "Presidents" are fictional, but they are based on their historical counterparts.

What comes in the game?

Includes 46 President cards, 4 "Wild" cards, 41 Goal cards, 4 "Drain the Swamp cards, and Rules of Play.

For 1-4 players.

(C) 2020 Josh Horowitz



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Average Rating 1 reviews
Publish Date October 05, 2020
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Why buy this?

If you like rummy style card games (which I very much do enjoy) and don't mind a political theme, be sure to check out Presidential Rummy.

  • Compact mini-cards with 46 unique "Presidential" portraits
  • Easy to play and high replayability
  • Rule variants for advanced players


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