@jws Never played Euchre. Started out with a game similar to Oh Hell, taught to us by a South African friend. Bridge also required either beer, or a bottle of Madeira. After my brother left home my best friend joined us. Happy memories.
@hazardwarning I have played duplicate, but prefer friendlies. It is the very specificity of the bidding and the fact that it is transparent that appeals to me. None of my partners ever played, which I think is a good thing. But no friends left who do @jws
@jws My father and I used to play cards a lot. It was his way of being intimate and actually talking. Mostly gin rummy. He was a bridge demon and taught me. I wish I’d been up to his standard so we could have played more. @hazardwarning
@jeremycherfas I'm the same, I don't pay attention in online games. I love it because there's not so much pure luck involved and even defending can be rewarding. My Dad was very good, but then he was a maths brainiac. I do miss playing.
@jeremycherfas Indeed. Observing lead choices, discards and simple card-counting make it a thoroughly enjoyable game, even when holding an unredeemable Yarborough. Of course, a nice 2NT or 2C opener is always preferable.