Matryoshka is a game of negotiation, hand management and misdirection for 3 to 5 players

The game is played in 4 rounds. The amount of sets used in each game depends on player count. In the beginning of the game, each player is dealt 6 cards. Then, each player chooses 2 of them to display openly, and 4 to keep secretly in hand. Afterwards the first round starts.

Each round has 3 phases:

- The draw phase

-The negotiation phase

-The display phase.

On the draw phase, each player draws 2 cards and adds them to his hand.

On the negotiation phase, each player will make at least one deal, using the following procedure:

- The first player will choose 1 card from his hand and lay it openly in the middle of the table. He is the active player.
- Each other player will then choose 1 card from his hand and offer it face-down to the active player.
- The active player will choose one of the cards offered and trade it with the player who played it face-down for his open offer.

No player may offer a card he has on display to trade.

Then, the player to the left of the currently active player becomes the active player and follows the same procedure. Once everyone has been the active player exactly once, the negotiation phase is over.

Finally, on the display phase, everyone picks up all of their cards and chooses an amount of cards equal to the ones displayed last + 2, and displays them openly in front of themselves. That means at the end of the first round, each player will put down 4 cards. Then the player to the left of the current first player becomes the first player for the next turn, and another round begins.

At the end of the 4th round, players will display 13 cards, and discard 1 card. Then each nd for same numbered cardsplayer scores for consecutive numbers of the same set, a from different sets.


Players that can manage to score lines with 5, 6 or 7 cards gain bonus points.

Players add up their scores and the one with most points is the winner. If there's a tie, the player with the longest single set wins.


3-5 Players

Game time: 20 minutes