Mao is a card game often played by CTYers. The first rule of Mao is, "You may not discuss the rules of Mao." It is up to players to figure them out. To complicate the matter, different people play with different variations of the rules, frequently causing great confusion.
The history of Mao and its origins are thus:
Many refer to Mao Zedong as the origin of the name of Mao. He was a Chinese dictator. His leadership was famously known to his people, but his laws were also unknown to the people, yet they all still had to follow them. This is similar to Mao the game, in that new players do not understand the game or the rules and are forced to learn them to survive.
Some people consider it proper to tell new players that the object of the game is to get rid of all cards; others feel it is okay to tell them the general method of playing cards. Regardless, the best way to learn how to play Mao is to watch other people playing it.
There are some sites (search for it on a search engine) that describe a fictional game of Mao to learn how to play. This, for instance, is certainly not real.
There would be more here on the rules of Mao, but Rule One forbids it.
Things we like
|Activities and Games||The Game · Silent Football · Acting Improv · Agreedball · Art of War · Basketball · Blammo · Four Square · Kill Murray/Save Murray · Malkavian Poking Game · Slackjaw · Pokey · The Really Game · Risk · Ultimate Frisbee · Varsity Catch · Wanna buy a duck? · SNAKES!!! · Quiz Bowl · Mandatory Fun|
|Card Games||1000 Blank White Cards · Egyptian Ratscrew · FLAAR · Illuminati · Kemps · Mao · Scum, Presidents, Speed Capitalism, or Chinese Poker · Scum: The Masquerade · Set · Scroggle|
|Movies||Monty Python · The Rocky Horror Picture Show · The Princess Bride · Alice in Wonderland · Dark Side of Oz · Starcrash · Xanadu|
|Books||The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy · Catch-22 · Ender's Game · Harry Potter|
|Other||42 · Boobtag · Couching · FNORD · Grass orgy · Phone-flipping · Rina · Three|