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Dukes of Hazzard Games

One board game and one card game, both published in 1981.


According to TV.com, The Dukes of Hazzard was an unqualified hit television show from 1979 to 1985, "never failing to win its time slot during its original run on CBS." Despite this popularity, the show inspired the release of just one board game and one card game.

The Dukes of Hazzard Board Game

Published in 1981 by Ideal, The Dukes of Hazzard Board Game challenged players to race to Uncle Jesse's farm. There were two ways to travel -- the highway, which was fast but had more than its share of trouble, and the dirt road, which was slower but safer.

According to BoardGameGeek.com, the game is for 2 to 4 players and takes about 30 minutes to play. The playing pieces include the General Lee, Daisy Duke's jeep and Cooter's tow truck. Each player also has a road block piece.

A deck of Dukes cards help players move forward (e.g. "You found a shortcut. Go again.") while Hazzard cards slow them down (e.g. "Roscoe is coming! Back up 6 spaces.").

According to the BoardGameGeek.com game description, "Switching roads, setting up roadblocks, and bumping other cars off the road are all part of the action."

During an appearance on The Tonight Show, movie director Quentin Tarantino mentioned his fondness for this board game. That fondness spilled over into the 2005 season finale of CSI -- directed by Tarantino -- in which two of the main characters were seen playing The Dukes of Hazzard Board Game.

The Dukes of Hazzard Card Game

Published in 1981 by International Games (best known for publishing Uno), this is essentially a variant of Rummy for 2 to 8 players, with an approximate playing time of 15 minutes. The object of the game is to be the first to score 500 points; scoring is done by playing sets of three or more cards.

The Dukes of Hazzard Card Game includes both good guys (Bo, Luke, Daisy, Uncle Jesse, Cooter) and bad guys (Boss Hogg, Roscoe, Cletus, Flash). Playing three or more of a kind or three or more different characters are both legal, so long as all of the different characters are either good guys or bad guys.

The game also incorporated five kinds of action cards: road block, speed trap, parking ticket, Hazzard County clout, and "Hogg Wild."

No new board games or card games were released in conjunction with the 2005 Dukes of Hazzard feature film.

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