This game is a relative of the Raj/Hols der Geier family of games, the german title means Tightrope. Each turn, a number of red and blue sticks are up for grabs. The highest card played will take the blue sticks and the lowest card will take the red sticks. The trick is that a red stick cancels a blue stick (that is, a well balanced tighrope walker), and the goal is to score as few points as possible. However, there are two different ways of playing the game, depending on how players wish to play: strategic or otherwise. The basic game has players simultaneously playing cards (ala Raj), whereas the strategic version plays like a trick-taking game with players selecting a card sequentially.
Drahtseilakt, the original German edition, was published by ASS (Altenburger und Stralsunder Spielkarten-Fabriken) in 1999.
Relationship Tightrope edition by Ãberplay was published in 2004 with a different and polemic art.
This is a fast, fun game of some basic math. It can be played strategically, or as a light game of chance. Each round you play a card. "Points" (in the form of colored sticks) are awarded to the highest card and lowest card played. The two different colored sticks cancel each other out (-1 vs +1). At the end of the game the person who has the lowest absolute value wins.