So maybe you really want to make the search check so you play a Jack or you hope the 6 you played for your attack is enough to beat the NPC defending. I leave the Jokers in the deck and this allows a player to play two cards.
They have a basic attribute and skill character sheets add their bonus to the played card. Me as the GM, I draw off the top of my deck and we resolve the contest.
If a player plays a 10 and has a +3 to attack, and the NPC gets a Queen and has a +3 to defend the NPC negates the attack due to the queen being better that the 10.
When the scene changes, then I allow everyone to shuffle their decks while i keep playing mine until i run out.
My players like that the randomness of the dice is gone and they get to strategize more.
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