I'm pretty sure it was sometime in the fall of 1995 that I
was introduced to the game Hand and Foot. Allison (my wife)
and I would play the game with her cousin and husband on the
weekends. We had such a great time playing it that we continued
to play on vacations and holidays with family and friends
over the next 8 years. During that time we started tweaking
the rules and I even made up various custom decks of cards.
Many years and tweaks later we had created a game substantially
different from the original "Hand and Foot" game that we were
introduced to years before. After much encouragement from
my wife's family, we finally published the game under the
name of Greedy Hands.
I later found out that Hand and Foot itself is a variation
of the popular 1950's game Canasta.
Some of the changes (but not all) that we ended up making
to create Greedy Hands have
been done in some form or another in the many versions of
Canasta. Unknowingly we were among many people who enjoyed
the game and even tweaking it to make it our own. Feel free
to tweak Greedy Hands and make it your own... but if you play
in a tournament you must play by the House Rules.
Below are some Greedy Hands milestones
listed in reverse chronological order.
What a journey! It took a while, but now we can all enjoy
a good game of Greedy Hands. Be
a part of Greedy History and get your copy of one of the first
625 games today!
- 2008 February - Jillian Dahl becomes the first official member of the Greedy Hands 10,000 point club.
- 2007 December – Greedy Hands makes its way to it's first Canadian store. The Thirftway Pharmacy in Lethbridge, Alberta!
- 2007 November – The I'm not Greedy I just like playing Greedy Hands! group was created on Facebook. Feel free to join! (must join facebook to view the link)
- 2006 December – The
North American Greedy Hands Invitational Championship
Tournament takes place. Andy Kennedy beats out the two
previous reigning champions to take the title!
- 2006 August 21 –
Greedy Hands sales reach over 300 games!
- 2006 August – Third
Greedy Hands tournament takes place. Cynthia Dahl
is two time reigning champion in Canada.
- 2005 December – Second
Greedy Hands tournment takes place. Cynthia Dahl is
- 2005 August 4 – Greedy
Hands sales reach over 200 games!
- 2005 July 1 – Greedy
Hands now available at the BYU
- 2005 June 30 – First
Greedy Hands tournament takes place. David Morgan
- 2005 January 21 –
Greedy Hands first listed on Froogle
- 2005 January 7 –
First Greedy Hands game sold off the North American continent
to Lisa King in Tasmania,
- 2004 December 15
– Greedy Hand sales reach over 100! (It doesn't sound
like much but hey, we are ecstatic!)
- 2004 December 4 –
Greedy Hands is placed in first brick & mortar store,
University Rho & Swim in Rockville, Maryland. To help
pass the time at those long swim meets!
- 2004 December 3 –
Picked up the shipment of Greedy Hands games from the
warehouse in Baltimore.
- 2004 November – Greedy
Hands website is launched.
- 2004 August – We
make the plunge to get the game printed. After shopping
around we go with a printing company in India and wire
- 2003 October – Two
decks of the 3rd and final prototype are printed with
the help of Wayne Dahl (corner icons for the card types
are a main new feature for this prototype).
- 2002 Spring & Summer
– In an effort to make Greedy Hands play faster and more
economical to print, we cut the card amount from 394 to
181. After some testing the card count settles at 224
- 2002 March – Carol
& Janee Dahl make edits and suggestions to the rules to
help make them easier to read & understand.
- 2001 September –
We register the greedyhands.com
- 2001 August – Regan
Dahl comes up with the name of “Greedy Hands” for the
- 2000 December – First
sale of a prototype deck called “The Greed Game” to long
time supporter, Robert Wocknitz.
- 2000 Summer – The
“Greedy” card is first introduced into the game.
- 1999 Fall – The FOX
network airs a show called “GREED” and we decide to look
for a new name.
- 1999 May – Print
the 2nd prototype deck of “Greed” cards with all new graphics.
- 1997 Fall – Create
the 1st prototype deck of “Greed” cards.
- 1996 Spring – Write
the first set of rules for “Greed” (the first name for
- 1995 Fall & Winter
– Concept for Greedy Hands is born while playing a game
similar to “Canasta” called “Hand and Foot” with our good friends Dave and Sandy Barfus.