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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Solitaire Card Games
My picks for the best solitaire card games, including Klondike, Pyramid, Golf, Poker and more.
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.
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.
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.
How to Play 'Spades' with 2 People
The complete rules for the two-player version of the trick-taking card game Spades.
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.
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 to Play the Children's Card Game 'Go Fish'
The rules for Go Fish, a children's card game also known as Fish.
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.
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 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.
Learn to Play the Card Game Crazy Eights
The complete rules for the card game Crazy Eights.
What Beats What? Poker Hands Ranked from...
Standard Poker hands are ranked here in order of strength, from the strongest hand to the weakest.
Learn the Rules for the Classic Card Game Rummy
The complete rules for the card game Rummy.
Do You Know How Many Letter Tiles Are in...
An answer to the question, how many letter tiles are in Scrabble?
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.
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.
Spoons, Pig, Tongue: Whatever You Call This...
The complete rules for the card game Spoons, also known as Pig and Tongue.
Learn How to Play the Card Game Euchre
The complete rules of Euchre, a popular and relatively simple trick-taking card game.
Learn the Basics of Battleship with This Easy...
An article explaining the basic rules of Battleship, the board game by Milton Bradley / Hasbro.
All Aboard! Learn to Play Mexican Train Dominoes
The complete rules for Mexican Train Dominoes, also known as Trains.
Your Quick Guide to Playing the Card Game Pitch
The complete rules for the card game Pitch, also known as Auction Pitch or Setback.
Play Pyramid Solitaire with This Simple Guide
The complete rules for Pyramid Solitaire, also known as Solitaire 13.
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.
Snap - Card Game Rules
The complete rules for the children's card game Snap.
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.
Learn How to Play the Card Game Spades
The complete rules for the trick-taking card game Spades.
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.
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?
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 the Card Game 'Go Boom'
The complete rules for the family card game Go Boom, which can be played by 2 to 12 players.
5 Hands You Should Never Play in Texas Holdem...
A look at the worst starting hands for Texas Hold 'Em Poker.
The 5 Best Traditional Card Games for Kids
My picks for the best traditional card games for children.
8 Fun Word Games to Keep You Entertained
My picks for the best word games (board games and card games).
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.
How to Play Klondike Solitaire or Fascination
The complete rules for Klondike Solitaire, a card game also known as Fascination or Demon Patience.
Is Your Old Monopoly Game Worth a Lot of Money?
An answer to the question: How much are old Monopoly games worth?
Two-Handed Euchre - Rules
The complete rules of Two-Handed Euchre, a popular and relatively simple trick-taking card game for two players.
Quick and Easy Guide to Playing the Card Game I...
The complete rules for the card game I Doubt It.
5 Simple Strategies to Win Backgammon
An article explaining how to win at Backgammon. A brief exploration of the five basic Backgammon strategies, and how to use them.
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.
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.
These Are the 10 Best Starting Hands in Texas...
A list of the top 10 best starting hands for Texas Hold 'Em Poker.
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?
Top 10 Most Visited Monopoly Properties
A look at the top 10 most visited properties in the board game Monopoly.
The Complete Guide to Checkers
The Complete Guide to Checkers includes rules, strategy tips, and more.
Five Easy Ways to Improve at Texas Hold 'Em Poker
Five simple tips to help you become a better Texas Hold 'Em Poker player.
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.
The Top 10 Games for Family Gatherings
A list of the best board games and card games to play at family gatherings.
Learn How to Play Gin Rummy with This Easy Guide
The complete rules for the card game Gin Rummy.
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.
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.
11 Simple Tips to Win the Board Game Risk
Simple tips anyone can use to improve your chances of winning the board game Risk.
Learn How to Play Spit with These Easy Rules
The complete rules for the card game Spit, also known as Speed or Slam.
Scrabble Words - Vowel-Heavy Two- and...
Knowing these vowel-heavy two- and three-letter words can help improve your Scrabble 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.
Backgammon, Board Game, Rules
The complete rules for the classic board game Backgammon.
Plants vs. Zombies: The Board Game
A profile of Plants vs. Zombies: The Board Game, scheduled to be published by Screenlife in fall 2011.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Basic Strategy Tips for Texas Hold'Em Poker
Strategy tips for beginniners in the game of Texas Hold 'Em Poker.
You Can Use These Vowel-Heavy 5-Letter Words in...
Knowing these vowel-heavy five-letter words can help improve your Scrabble game.
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.
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.
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.
How to Host a Texas Holdem Poker Party with...
Tips for hosting a successful Texas Hold 'Em Poker party at your house.
Best Places to Buy Used Games
My picks for the best places to buy used board games and card games.
Start Playing Golf Solitaire in Less Than 5...
The complete rules for Golf Solitaire, a card game which can be played by a single player.
Learn How to Play the Card Game 'Old Maid'
The complete rules for the card game Old Maid.
Pig - Dice Game Rules
The complete rules for Pig, a fun dice game played with a single six-sided die.
How much money does the bank have?
An answer to the question: How much money does the bank have in the board game Monopoly?
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.
Mancala
A profile of the ancient board game Mancala.
Play the Card Game Spit with This Easy Guide
A brief summary of the rules of the board game Stratego.
Win Ticket to Ride with These Simple Strategy...
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.
Pyramid Solitaire - Basic Strategy
Some basic strategy tips for pyramid solitaire, also known as Tut's Tomb. Advice on when to quit the game before you start, and when to remove cards, for players who want to learn how to win at pyramid solitaire.
Tic Tac Toe - Game Rules
The complete rules for Tic Tac Toe, with variants which can make the game more challenging.
Ways to Improve Monopoly
Suggestions on how to improve the game Monopoly, which is often played by incorrect rules.
Top 5 Trick-Taking Card Games
My picks for the best trick-taking card games played with a traditional deck of cards.
Three Thirteen
The complete rules of Three Thirteen, a version of Rummy played over 11 rounds.
Canfield Solitaire
The complete rules for the card game Canfield Solitaire.
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.
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.
Lost Your Game Rules? Tips to Find Them Easily
How to find lost rules or instructions for board games and card games.
Gin Rummy for Three Players - Card Game - Rules
The complete rules for Gin Rummy when played by three players.
7 Fast and Easy Strategy Tips for Gin Rummy
These seven quick strategy tips will teach you how to win at Gin Rummy.
How to Play the Card Game Oh Hell
The complete rules for the trick-taking card game Oh Hell.
Which Tiles Are Distributed in Each Scrabble...
A look at how Scrabble tiles are distributed in the English versions of the word game.
When is a game of Scrabble over?
An answer to the question, when is a game of Scrabble over?
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?
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 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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Complete Guide to Monopoly
The Complete Guide to Monopoly includes rules, strategy tips, variants, a FAQ, and more.
Top 10 Train Games
Even in this age of air travel, railroads hold a certain magical appeal. These games, several of which focus on the business aspect of railroads, are my picks for the best train games.
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.
Top 8 Games for 7 or More Players
When you have a lot of players who want to play the same game, it can be a challenge. These are my picks for the best games which accomodate seven or more players.
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.
Best Football Board Games
These are my picks for the best football-themed (American football) board games ever published.
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.
Accordion Solitaire
The complete rules for the card game Accordion Solitaire.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Best Bluffing Games Ever Published
Everyone who's ever played a hand of Poker knows how important it is to be a good bluffer. That skill will also help you win some of these favorite games.
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.
How to Play Concentration or Memory
Complete rules for the card game Concentration, also known as Memory.
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.
Everything You Need to Know to Play Pandemic
The Complete Guide to Pandemic includes strategy tips, a game review, and more resources for players of the board game Pandemic.
Clue: Secrets & Spies
A profile of the board game Clue: Secrets & Spies, published by Hasbro in 2009.
Scrabble: Frequently Asked Questions
A set of frequently asked questions about Scrabble, the most popular word game ever published.
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.
How to Win at Crazy Eights
Some basic strategy tips for the card game Crazy Eights. Suggestions on how to win at Crazy Eights that include advice for when to switch suits and when to play your eights.
Klondike Solitaire - Card Game Setup
A photo illustrating the setup for the card game Klondike Solitaire. Page 6.
Top 5 Spy Games
Spy games give us a chance to do something we're quite unlikely to do in real life -- participate in espionage. These are my picks for the best spy-themed board games and card games.
Hasenpfeffer - Card Game Rules
The complete rules of Hasenpfeffer, a trick-taking card game that is a very close relative of Euchre.
Start Playing Poker Solitaire in Less Than 5...
The complete rules for Poker Solitaire, a card game that can be played by a single player.
Crokinole - Rules
The complete rules for the board game Crokinole.
The Complete Guide to Clue
The Complete Guide to the board game Clue - also known as Cluedo - includes strategy tips, the history of Clue, and more.
Do I have to build evenly?
An answer to this question about the board game Monopoly: Do I have to build evenly?
Monopoly - Frequently Asked Questions
A FAQ all about the board game Monopoly, answering frequently asked questions about Monopoly.
Block Ten Solitaire
The complete rules for the card game Block Ten Solitaire.
Oklahoma Gin - Card Game Rules
The complete rules for the card game Oklahoma Gin, a close relative of Gin Rummy.
When can I buy houses and hotels?
An answer to the question: When can I buy houses and hotels in the board game Monopoly?
The Rules of Little Spider Solitaire
The complete rules for the card game Little Spider Solitaire.
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.
Double-12 Dominoes
A look at the tiles in a standard set of Double-12 Dominoes.
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.
How to Play Manipulation Rummy
The complete rules for Manipulation, also known as Manipulation Rummy or Carousel.
Determining a Board Game's Value
How do you determine the value of a board game? This article examines that question and offers some tips.
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.
Baker's Dozen Solitaire
The complete rules for the solitaire card game Baker's Dozen.
What happens if we run out of houses or hotels?
An answer to the question: What happens if we run out of houses or hotels?
Cribbage Strategy - Your Crib
Some Cribbage strategy on what to discard for your crib. Splitting up a good hand can be tricky, but there are some tips to help make it easier. Drop fives in the crib whenever possible. Hold your pairs, and drop two consecutive cards into the crib instead.
Top 5 Horse Racing Games
Horse racing is a sport that translates well to board games. These are my picks for the best board games based on horse racing.
Railroad Euchre - Card Game - Rules
The rules for Railroad Euchre, a series of variants designed to make the trick-taking card game quicker.

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