Kaiser is a game of mysterious origins, and is not for the faint-hearted. It says a great deal about the hospitality of Alan and his family that they were willing, and more than able to take on the challenge of learning the game and to compete with both ferocity and grace. The deck of their cabin was undoubtedly the most stunning backdrop for a game that I’ve ever enjoyed, and the companionship was stupendous. Next time I impose, I’ll turn them on to the Roughriders , Old Style Pilsner, and maybe even socialism.
To no surprise, the Wikipedia entry on Kaiser is pretty good (I did correct one small error in the rules section). If you are a Windows user you can play Kaiser online — reason enough to dump Cupertino for Redmond.