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What Are the 5 Best Family Card Games?
A list of the best traditional card games for families. All of these games can be played with a standard 52-card deck.
Hey, Scrabble Fans! These Words Use Q, but Not U
Legal Scrabble (and Words With Friends) words which use the letter Q without U. Learning these words is a key to being a better Scrabble player.
Learn to Play Checkers in 15 Minutes
The complete rules for the standard U.S. version of Checkers.
How to Play Mancala
The complete rules of standard two-rank Mancala, also known as Kalah, an ancient board game.
Learn to Play the Card Game Crazy Eights
The complete rules for the card game Crazy Eights.
Learn to Play the Children's Card Game 'Go Fish'
The rules for Go Fish, a children's card game also known as Fish.
No Vowels, No Problem: Scrabble Words That Can...
If you're playing Scrabble (or Words With Friends), and you get stuck with a rack full of consonants in Scrabble, knowing these words with no vowels will be extremely helpful.
A Quick Guide to Playing the Board Game 'Clue'
An explanation of the basic rules of Clue, the board game also known as Cluedo. This article offers an explanation of everything you need to learn how to play Clue if you have the board game but have lost the rules.
Spoons, Pig, Tongue: Whatever You Call This...
The complete rules for the card game Spoons, also known as Pig and Tongue.
The 10 Best Solitaire Card Games
My picks for the best solitaire card games, including Klondike, Pyramid, Golf, Poker and more.
Ante Up and Learn How to Play Texas Hold 'Em...
Texas Hold 'Em is the version of Poker played in many casinos, and seen on the Travel Channel's World Poker Tour and ESPN's World Series of Poker. These are the basic rules for Texas Hold 'Em Poker.
9 Free Online Board Games Worth Playing
There's a lot available for free on the Internet -- including board games. Here are my picks for the best free board games available over the Web.
The 10 Best Dice Games
Dice games, by their very nature, tend to rely much more on luck than skill. But that's one of the reasons I love them so much. Here are my picks for the best dice games.
Before You Ante Up, Learn the Standard Poker...
A simple list of standard Poker chip denominations by color.
Quick and Easy Guide to Playing the Card Game I...
The complete rules for the card game I Doubt It.
Basic Strategies for Winning at Checkers
A brief guide to basic Checkers strategy. This article offers a number of tips for the beginning who wants to learn how to win at Checkers, including positioning and kinged checkers.
The 5 Best Traditional Card Games for Kids
My picks for the best traditional card games for children.
Learn How to Play the Card Game Hearts
The complete rules for Hearts, a trick-taking game in which you want to avoid taking certain tricks.
How to Play the Card Game 'Go Boom'
The complete rules for the family card game Go Boom, which can be played by 2 to 12 players.
What Beats What? Poker Hands Ranked from...
Standard Poker hands are ranked here in order of strength, from the strongest hand to the weakest.
Top 5 Trick-Taking Card Games
My picks for the best trick-taking card games played with a traditional deck of cards.
Here's Every 2-Letter Word Acceptable in Scrabble
Legal Scrabble (and Words With Friends) two-letter words. Learning these words is a key to being a better Scrabble player.
How to Play Scrabble and 'Words With Friends'...
If you want to play the classic word game Scrabble, or similar games with as Words With Friends, online, this feature points you where you need to go.
Learn How to Play the Card Game Spades
The complete rules for the trick-taking card game Spades.
How to Play Mahjong
Basic rules for the popular game Mah Jongg, also known as Mahjong. This summary covers the basic Mahjong rules which apply to most variants.
These Are the 10 Best Starting Hands in Texas...
A list of the top 10 best starting hands for Texas Hold 'Em Poker.
How to Play 'Spades' with 2 People
The complete rules for the two-player version of the trick-taking card game Spades.
Do You Know How Many Letter Tiles Are in...
An answer to the question, how many letter tiles are in Scrabble?
10 Winning Strategies for Clue
A list of tips for players who want to learn how to win at Clue (Cluedo), the board game. These basic Clue strategies offer hints on how best to travel the board, make suggestions, and use the cards in your hand.
Double-12 Dominoes
A look at the tiles in a standard set of Double-12 Dominoes.
10 Tips and Hints to Help You Win at Monopoly
Simple tips anyone can use to improve your chances of winning the board game Monopoly.
Learn How to Play the Card Game Euchre
The complete rules of Euchre, a popular and relatively simple trick-taking card game.
How to Play Three-Handed Euchre
The complete rules of three-handed Euchre, a popular and relatively simple trick-taking card game also known as Cutthroat.
Basic Strategy Tips for Texas Hold'Em Poker
Strategy tips for beginniners in the game of Texas Hold 'Em Poker.
Learn the Rules for the Classic Card Game Rummy
The complete rules for the card game Rummy.
11 Simple Tips to Win the Board Game Risk
Simple tips anyone can use to improve your chances of winning the board game Risk.
All Aboard! Learn to Play Mexican Train Dominoes
The complete rules for Mexican Train Dominoes, also known as Trains.
5 Hands You Should Never Play in Texas Holdem...
A look at the worst starting hands for Texas Hold 'Em Poker.
Become a Scrabble Champ with These Handy Word...
A collection of word lists for players who want to be better at Scrabble or Words With Friends.
Your Quick Guide to Playing the Card Game 'Pitch'
The complete rules for the card game Pitch, also known as Auction Pitch or Setback.
Learn How to Play Spit with These Easy Rules
The complete rules for the card game Spit, also known as Speed or Slam.
Learn How to Play Gin Rummy with This Easy Guide
The complete rules for the card game Gin Rummy.
Play Pyramid Solitaire with This Simple Guide
The complete rules for Pyramid Solitaire, also known as Solitaire 13.
Scrabble Words - Vowel-Heavy Two- and...
Knowing these vowel-heavy two- and three-letter words can help improve your Scrabble game.
Five Easy Ways to Improve at Texas Hold 'Em Poker
Five simple tips to help you become a better Texas Hold 'Em Poker player.
7 Great Tips for Winning at Scrabble and Words...
Simple tips anyone can use to improve your chances of winning a game of Scrabble, or a game of Words With Friends.
Learn the Basics of Battleship with This Easy...
An article explaining the basic rules of Battleship, the board game by Milton Bradley / Hasbro.
Snap - Card Game Rules
The complete rules for the children's card game Snap.
8 Fun Word Games to Keep You Entertained
My picks for the best word games (board games and card games).
Play the Card Game Spit with This Easy Guide
A brief summary of the rules of the board game Stratego.
What Card to Lead in Euchre
For new Euchre players learning the game, it is often difficult to figure out what card to lead. This article explains some basic Euchre strategy, and three overarching guidelines for what to lead in Euchre.
How to Play Klondike Solitaire or Fascination
The complete rules for Klondike Solitaire, a card game also known as Fascination or Demon Patience.
Learn How to Play the Card Game 'Old Maid'
The complete rules for the card game Old Maid.
10 Great Board Games Everyone Should Own
If my game collection could only include 10 board games and card games, these are the games I would choose.
5 Oldest Classic Board Games
These games are the classic classics - board games that have been played for centuries. They have elegant rules, depth, and continue to delight gamers.
The Complete Guide to Euchre
The Complete Guide to Euchre includes rules, strategy tips, popular variants, and more.
Mancala - Basic Strategy
Advice for players who want to learn how to win at Mancala. This collection of Mancala basic strategy tips covers everything from the opening move, to avoiding capture, to why you want to leave your last hole open.
The Top 10 Games for Family Gatherings
A list of the best board games and card games to play at family gatherings.
You Can Play these Vowel-Heavy Words in Scrabble
When your Scrabble rack is filled with vowels, knowing these vowel-heavy words (seven and eight letters long) can help turn your fortune around.
Become a Better Scrabble Player: Learn These...
A list of all the four-letter words including the letter Z which are legal in the board game Scrabble.
Clue / Cluedo
A profile of the deduction game Clue / Cluedo, judged to be one of the most historically and culturally significant games published since 1800.
How to Play Clock Solitaire
The complete rules for the solitaire card game Clock, also known as Four of a Kind, Hidden Cards, Sun Dial, and Travelers.
Learn to Play Backgammon With This Easy Guide
The complete rules for the classic board game Backgammon.
Which Tiles Are Distributed in Each Scrabble...
A look at how Scrabble tiles are distributed in the English versions of the word game.
Basic Hearts Strategy
Some basic strategy tips for the card game Hearts. An exploration of basic hearts strategy from bleeding and defending spades, to creating and using voids.
Play Dominion with This Simple Guide
An explanation of the basic rules of Dominion, the card game. This article gives a basic overview of how to play Dominion.
Play Slapjack with This Complete Rule Guide
The complete rules for the card game Slapjack, an often loud, raucous game that works well with children from about age 5 and up.
Two-Handed Euchre - Rules
The complete rules of Two-Handed Euchre, a popular and relatively simple trick-taking card game for two players.
How to Host a Texas Holdem Poker Party with...
Tips for hosting a successful Texas Hold 'Em Poker party at your house.
The Complete Guide to Monopoly
The Complete Guide to Monopoly includes rules, strategy tips, variants, a FAQ, and more.
The 10 Best Trivia Games
When Trivial Pursuit burst onto the scene in the 1980s, it seemed like an entire genre of games was born. But, in my view at least, Trivial Pursuit isn't the best trivia game. Here are my picks for the best.
Can I collect rent from other players while I'm...
An answer to the question: Can I collect rent from other players while I'm in Jail?
5 Winning Backgammon Strategies
An article explaining how to win at Backgammon. A brief exploration of the five basic Backgammon strategies, and how to use them.
Is Your Old Monopoly Game Worth a Lot of Money?
An answer to the question: How much are old Monopoly games worth?
Top 10 Most Visited Monopoly Properties
A look at the top 10 most visited properties in the board game Monopoly.
Ticket to Ride: The Maps
A look at all of the official maps designed for the board game Ticket to Ride.
10 Cooperative Games That Your Friends Will Love
Many excellent cooperative board games and card games have been published in recent years, including Pandemic and Battlestar Galactica. Here are my picks for the best cooperative games.
6-Sided Dice: The Most Common Rolls
The probabilities for rolling two six-sided dice, which is useful knowledge when playing many board games, including Monopoly.
Gubs
A profile of the card game Gubs, designed by Cole Medeiros and published by Gamewright in 2011.
Foolproof Strategies to Help You Win at Connect 4
Some basic tips designed to help teach you how to win at the board game Connect 4.
How much money do I win for landing on Free...
An answer to the question: How much money do I win for landing on Free Parking in the Monopoly board game?
What are the rules for playing a blank tile?
An answer to the question, what are the rules for playing a blank tile in Scrabble?
Pig - Dice Game Rules
The complete rules for Pig, a fun dice game played with a single six-sided die.
Top 10 Mystery Games
Mystery and deduction board games and card games are among my favorites. Here are my picks for the top 10 mystery games.
How to Shoot the Moon in Hearts
Basic strategy tips on how to shoot the moon in hearts. Advice on what to pass, and what to play, if you plan on shooting the moon.
You Can Use These Vowel-Heavy 5-Letter Words in...
Knowing these vowel-heavy five-letter words can help improve your Scrabble game.
Top 10 Coolest Monopoly Editions
Monopoly is one of those games that many people are familiar with. One way to breathe new life into this classic is to play it with a new theme -- such as Harley Davidson Monopoly, NFL Monopoly or even U.S. National Parks Monopoly. Dozens upon dozens of Monopoly editions have been published; these are my picks for the coolest. Some of these editions even include a special rule or two.
Boost Your Scrabble Score With 3-Letter Words...
A list of all the three-letter words including the letter Z which are legal in the board game Scrabble.
Win Battleship with These Basic Strategies
Strategy tips for players who want to learn how to win at Battleship. A collection of Battleship strategies for both placement of ships and firing of shots.
Golf Solitaire Rules
The complete rules for Golf Solitaire, a card game which can be played by a single player.
How much money does the bank have?
An answer to the question: How much money does the bank have in the board game Monopoly?
These Strategy Tips Can Help You Win Ticket to...
A few basic strategy tips for the board game Ticket to Ride. These beginner's strategies will help players who want to learn how to win at Ticket to Ride.
Score Big at Scrabble with These 3-Letter X Words
A list of all the three-letter words including the letter X which are legal in the board game Scrabble.
Improve Your Scrabble Score by Learning These...
A list of all the four-letter words including the letter X which are legal in the board game Scrabble.
Buying Poker Chips - How to Get the Best Deal
How to get the best deal when you decide to buy Poker chips.
How to Play the Card Game Oh Hell
The complete rules for the trick-taking card game Oh Hell.
Ways to Improve Monopoly
Suggestions on how to improve the game Monopoly, which is often played by incorrect rules.
7 Fast and Easy Strategy Tips for Gin Rummy
These seven quick strategy tips will teach you how to win at Gin Rummy.
Play War Two Ways with These Simple Guidelines
The complete rules for the children's card game War, including an original variant.
Best Places to Buy Used Games
My picks for the best places to buy used board games and card games.
How to Play Concentration or Memory
Complete rules for the card game Concentration, also known as Memory.
7 Free and Entertaining Games for Large Groups
These free games can be played right now with a large group, requiring only paper and pencils, and perhaps a deck of cards. In some cases, no equipment at all is needed.
Find Out Which Tokens Were Included in the...
An answer to the questions: What tokens were originally included in the game of Monopoly? What tokens are included today?
Nine Men's Morris - Board Game Rules
The complete rules for the board game Nine Men's Morris.
How To Use a Backgammon Doubling Cube
How to use a backgammon doubling cube. It brings a significant amount of additional strategy to the game, and is widely used by serious players.
Stratego - Bomb Placement Strategy
A guide to bomb placement strategy options in the board game Stratego. An analysis of the various places you can deploy your bombs, including the popular
All You Need to Know about Scrabble
The Complete Guide to Scrabble includes word lists, strategy tips, videos, and more.
You Can Play These 6-Letter, Vowel-Heavy Words...
If you get stuck with a rack full of vowels in Scrabble, knowing these vowel-heavy six-letter words can help turn your fortune around.
You Can Use These Three-Letter J Words in...
A list of all the three-letter words including the letter J which are legal in the board game Scrabble.
When is a game of Scrabble over?
An answer to the question, when is a game of Scrabble over?
Clue: Secrets & Spies
A profile of the board game Clue: Secrets & Spies, published by Hasbro in 2009.
5 Fun Storytelling Games
Telling a good story is truly an art, and these games -- my picks for the best storytelling games -- challenge you to become a storyteller.
How to Use Your Resources to Win at Settlers of...
Learn how to win at Settlers of Catan, the popular European board game. These strategies will help you use your resources to win your next game of Settlers of Catan.
Poker Solitaire Rules
The complete rules for Poker Solitaire, a card game that can be played by a single player.
Wits & Wagers
A review of the trivia/party game Wits & Wagers, first published in 2005 by North Star Games.
Canfield Solitaire
The complete rules for the card game Canfield Solitaire.
Dominion Basic Strategy: Money Tips
A beginner's guide to the award-winning card game Dominion. A basic strategy primer offering a few key tips about money in Dominion, and how players should go about buying treasure.
Tic Tac Toe - Game Rules
The complete rules for Tic Tac Toe, with variants which can make the game more challenging.
Best Football Board Games
These are my picks for the best football-themed (American football) board games ever published.
Lost Your Game Rules? Tips to Find Them Easily
How to find lost rules or instructions for board games and card games.
Three Thirteen
The complete rules of Three Thirteen, a version of Rummy played over 11 rounds.
All You Need to Know in Order to Play Pandemic
A guide to the cooperative board game Pandemic, where players work together to try to stop a deadly pandemic from spreading across the world map.
Gin Rummy for Three Players - Card Game - Rules
The complete rules for Gin Rummy when played by three players.
Railroad Euchre - Card Game - Rules
The rules for Railroad Euchre, a series of variants designed to make the trick-taking card game quicker.
The Rules of Little Spider Solitaire
The complete rules for the card game Little Spider Solitaire.
Settlers of Catan - Initial Placement Strategies
A guide to initial settlement placement in the board game Settlers of Catan. Learning how to place your starting settlements in Settlers is vital to increase your chances of winning.
5 Great Harry Potter Board Games
J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter books hit the pop culture scene like a revolution. And like any true phenomenon, they spawned a series of board games -- some better than others. Here are my picks for the best five board games based on the world of Harry Potter and the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Risk 101
Information about the board game Risk, along with links to useful resources for Risk players.
When can I exchange tiles?
An answer to the question, when can I exchange tiles in a game of Scrabble?
The Complete Guide to Checkers
The Complete Guide to Checkers includes rules, strategy tips, and more.
Need a Game for Your Next Party? Try Categories
The complete rules for Categories, a party game for 3 or more players that can be played with paper and pencils.
How do I calculate how much I owe for Income Tax?
An answer to the question: How do I calculate how much I owe for Income Tax?
4 Guides You Need for Playing Pandemic
The Complete Guide to Pandemic includes strategy tips, a game review, and more resources for players of the board game Pandemic.
Liar's Dice - Call My Bluff
A profile of the fun dice game Liar's Dice, also known as Call My Bluff, designed by Richard Borg.
Where to Hide Your Flag in the Board Game...
This article on Stratego strategy examines the pros and cons of different flag placements during the setup phase.
Cancellation Hearts
The complete rules of Cancellation Hearts, a card game which is a variant of basic Hearts.
How do you score a play covering two Triple...
An answer to the question, how do you score a play covering two Triple Word Score squares?
Learn the Rules for Omaha Hold'Em Poker
Omaha Hold 'Em is a close relative of Texas Hold 'Em. These are the complete rules for Omaha Hold 'Em Poker.
3 Cards You Should Pass in the Beginning of...
Basic passing strategy for the card game Hearts. Some suggestions on what cards to pass in each suit, and special considerations for what to pass to your left and right.
Chicken Foot Dominoes - Rules
The complete rules for Chicken Foot Dominoes, which is based on the domino game Maltese Cross and is part of the same family of games that includes Mexican Train.
Masters Gallery
A profile of Masters Gallery, a set-collection card game designed by Reiner Knizia and published by Gryphon Games.
Learn How to Set Up a Backgammon Board in 5...
Simple tips on how to set up a backgammon board. These are the absolute basics to make sure you do it right every time.
How to Bid in Euchre
An explanation of how to bid in the card game Euchre, and what factors a player should consider. Both soft and concrete methods of hand analysis are offered for players trying to figure out when to call up trump.
Bulls and Cows
The complete rules of the paper-and-pencil deduction game Bulls and Cows.
Top 5 Automobile Racing Games
I love race games, and these are my picks for the best car racing-themed board games and card games.
Accordion Solitaire
The complete rules for the card game Accordion Solitaire.
Your Basic Strategy Guide for Dominion
A beginner's guide to action card strategies in the award-winning card game Dominion. This collection of basic strategy tips for using actions will help players to build decks that avoid dead draws.
Beggar My Neighbor - Card Game Rules
The complete rules for the children's card game Beggar My Neighbor.
The Complete Guide to Dominion
The Complete Guide to Dominion includes strategy tips, a game review, and more resources for players of the card game Dominion.
How to Play Manipulation Rummy
The complete rules for Manipulation, also known as Manipulation Rummy or Carousel.
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