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Learn to Play Checkers in 15 Minutes
The complete rules for the standard U.S. version of Checkers.
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.
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.
How to Play Mancala
The complete rules of standard two-rank Mancala, also known as Kalah, an ancient board game.
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.
Learn to Play the Children's Card Game 'Go Fish'
The rules for Go Fish, a children's card game also known as Fish.
Learn to Play the Card Game Crazy Eights
The complete rules for the card game Crazy Eights.
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.
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.
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.
The 10 Best Solitaire Card Games
My picks for the best solitaire card games, including Klondike, Pyramid, Golf, Poker and more.
Before You Ante Up, Learn the Standard Poker...
A simple list of standard Poker chip denominations by color.
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.
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.
What Beats What? Poker Hands Ranked from...
Standard Poker hands are ranked here in order of strength, from the strongest hand to the weakest.
Spoons, Pig, Tongue: Whatever You Call This...
The complete rules for the card game Spoons, also known as Pig and Tongue.
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.
These Are the 10 Best Starting Hands in Texas...
A list of the top 10 best starting hands for Texas Hold 'Em Poker.
Do You Know How Many Letter Tiles Are in...
An answer to the question, how many letter tiles are in Scrabble?
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 'Spades' with 2 People
The complete rules for the two-player version of the trick-taking card game Spades.
The 5 Best Traditional Card Games for Kids
My picks for the best traditional card games for children.
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.
Learn How to Play the Card Game Spades
The complete rules for the trick-taking card game Spades.
Top 5 Trick-Taking Card Games
My picks for the best trick-taking card games played with a traditional deck of cards.
Basic Strategy Tips for Texas Hold'Em Poker
Strategy tips for beginniners in the game of Texas Hold 'Em Poker.
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 the Card Game 'Go Boom'
The complete rules for the family card game Go Boom, which can be played by 2 to 12 players.
Learn How to Play the Card Game Euchre
The complete rules of Euchre, a popular and relatively simple trick-taking card game.
11 Simple Tips to Win the Board Game Risk
Simple tips anyone can use to improve your chances of winning the board game Risk.
Quick and Easy Guide to Playing the Card Game I...
The complete rules for the card game I Doubt It.
All Aboard! Learn to Play Mexican Train Dominoes
The complete rules for Mexican Train Dominoes, also known as Trains.
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.
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.
Learn the Basics of Battleship with This Easy...
An article explaining the basic rules of Battleship, the board game by Milton Bradley / Hasbro.
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 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.
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 Monopoly
The Complete Guide to Monopoly includes rules, strategy tips, variants, a FAQ, and more.
5 Hands You Should Never Play in Texas Holdem...
A look at the worst starting hands for Texas Hold 'Em Poker.
Snap - Card Game Rules
The complete rules for the children's card game Snap.
Learn the Rules for the Classic Card Game Rummy
The complete rules for the card game Rummy.
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.
8 Fun Word Games to Keep You Entertained
My picks for the best word games (board games and card games).
Scrabble Words - Vowel-Heavy Two- and...
Knowing these vowel-heavy two- and three-letter words can help improve your Scrabble game.
Learn to Play Backgammon With This Easy Guide
The complete rules for the classic board game Backgammon.
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.
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.
Five Easy Ways to Improve at Texas Hold 'Em Poker
Five simple tips to help you become a better Texas Hold 'Em Poker player.
Octi: Eight Sides of Abstraction
An interview with Don Green, designer of the abstract board game Octi.
How to Host a Texas Holdem Poker Party with...
Tips for hosting a successful Texas Hold 'Em Poker party at your house.
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.
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.
Learn How to Play the Card Game 'Old Maid'
The complete rules for the card game Old Maid.
Which Tiles Are Distributed in Each Scrabble...
A look at how Scrabble tiles are distributed in the English versions of the word game.
Learn How to Play Spit with These Easy Rules
The complete rules for the card game Spit, also known as Speed or Slam.
The Top 10 Games for Family Gatherings
A list of the best board games and card games to play at family gatherings.
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 Play Klondike Solitaire or Fascination
The complete rules for Klondike Solitaire, a card game also known as Fascination or Demon Patience.
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.
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.
Play the Card Game Spit with This Easy Guide
A brief summary of the rules of the board game Stratego.
Is Your Old Monopoly Game Worth a Lot of Money?
An answer to the question: How much are old Monopoly games worth?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Learn How to Play Gin Rummy with This Easy Guide
The complete rules for the card game Gin Rummy.
Tic Tac Toe - Game Rules
The complete rules for Tic Tac Toe, with variants which can make the game more challenging.
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.
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?
Who invented Monopoly?
Find out who invented the classic board game, as well as learn more about the game's history and origins.
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.
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.
Pig - Dice Game Rules
The complete rules for Pig, a fun dice game played with a single six-sided die.
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.
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.
Fish Eat Fish
A review of the board game Fish Eat Fish, designed by Reiner Knizia.
You Can Use These Vowel-Heavy 5-Letter Words in...
Knowing these vowel-heavy five-letter words can help improve your Scrabble game.
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?
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?
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.
Top 10 Most Visited Monopoly Properties
A look at the top 10 most visited properties in the board game Monopoly.
Ways to Improve Monopoly
Suggestions on how to improve the game Monopoly, which is often played by incorrect rules.
Nine Men's Morris - Board Game Rules
The complete rules for the board game Nine Men's Morris.
Best Places to Buy Used Games
My picks for the best places to buy used board games and card games.
The Complete Guide to Checkers
The Complete Guide to Checkers includes rules, strategy tips, and more.
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.
How to Play Concentration or Memory
Complete rules for the card game Concentration, also known as Memory.
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 much money does the bank have?
An answer to the question: How much money does the bank have in the board game Monopoly?
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.
Gubs
A profile of the card game Gubs, designed by Cole Medeiros and published by Gamewright in 2011.
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.
Buying Poker Chips - How to Get the Best Deal
How to get the best deal when you decide to buy Poker chips.
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.
Ticket to Ride 10th Anniversary Edition
Ticket to Ride 10th Anniversary Edition
Best Football Board Games
These are my picks for the best football-themed (American football) board games ever published.
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.
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.
Clue: Secrets & Spies
A profile of the board game Clue: Secrets & Spies, published by Hasbro in 2009.
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.
Double-12 Dominoes
A look at the tiles in a standard set of Double-12 Dominoes.
Beggar My Neighbor - Card Game Rules
The complete rules for the children's card game Beggar My Neighbor.
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.
Canfield Solitaire
The complete rules for the card game Canfield Solitaire.
Hasenpfeffer - Card Game Rules
The complete rules of Hasenpfeffer, a trick-taking card game that is a very close relative of Euchre.
All You Need to Know about Scrabble
The Complete Guide to Scrabble includes word lists, strategy tips, videos, and more.
Simple Tips to Become a Better Dominion Player
The Complete Guide to Dominion includes strategy tips, a game review, and more resources for players of the card game Dominion.
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 Play the Card Game Oh Hell
The complete rules for the trick-taking card game Oh Hell.
Play War Two Ways with These Simple Guidelines
The complete rules for the children's card game War, including an original variant.
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.
When is a game of Scrabble over?
An answer to the question, when is a game of Scrabble over?
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.
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.
7 Fast and Easy Strategy Tips for Gin Rummy
These seven quick strategy tips will teach you how to win at Gin Rummy.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Lost Your Game Rules? Tips to Find Them Easily
How to find lost rules or instructions for board games and card games.
Play Salvo (Battleships) Right Now with Just...
The complete rules for Salvo, also known as Battleships, a paper and pencil game.
Railroad Euchre - Card Game - Rules
The rules for Railroad Euchre, a series of variants designed to make the trick-taking card game quicker.
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
Rock Paper Scissors
How to play this simple two-person game, which requires only your hand. It is often used to determine who goes first in some activity.
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.
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.
Risk 101
Information about the board game Risk, along with links to useful resources for Risk players.
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.
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.
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.
These Are the 50 Most Significant Board Games...
The 50 most historically and culturally significant board and card games published since 1800.
Three Thirteen
The complete rules of Three Thirteen, a version of Rummy played over 11 rounds.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Forty Thieves Solitaire - Card Game Rules
The complete rules for Forty Thieves and several related games, a family of solitaire card games that require significant skill to win.
The Rules of Little Spider Solitaire
The complete rules for the card game Little Spider Solitaire.
Top 10 Gifts for Poker Players
The top 10 best gifts you can buy for someone who loves to play the card game Poker.
How to Cheat at Euchre
Euchre is the rare card game where players generally allow a certain amount of acceptable cheating. For those interested in learning how to cheat at Euchre, this article covers stealing the deal, six flags, and the double draw.
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.
Start Playing Bulls & Cows in Less Than 5...
The complete rules of the paper-and-pencil deduction game Bulls and Cows.
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