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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.
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.
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.
The Top 10 Games for Family Gatherings
A list of the best board games and card games to play at family gatherings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Before You Ante Up, Learn the Standard Poker...
A simple list of standard Poker chip denominations by color.
Board Games That Changed the World
The 10 board games published since 1800 that have had the biggest cultural impact.
Spoons, Pig, Tongue: Whatever You Call This...
The complete rules for the card game Spoons, also known as Pig and Tongue.
One of the Greatest Family Board Games Ever -...
A review of one of the greatest family board games ever published, Ticket to Ride.
The Best Ticket to Ride Games
A look at the best Ticket to Ride board games.
The 10 Best Solitaire Card Games
My picks for the best solitaire card games, including Klondike, Pyramid, Golf, Poker and more.
The Ultimate Battle Game - HeroScape
A review of my favorite battle game, HeroScape.
A Great Dice Game in the Settlers of Catan...
A review of the Catan Dice Game, a great dice game set in the Settlers of Catan Universe.
Learn to Play the Card Game Hearts
The complete rules of the trick-taking card game Hearts.
You're a Criminal Mastermind in Break the Safe
A review of the cooperative, tense, and very fun board game Break the Safe.
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.
Play (American) Football on Your Tabletop with...
A review of my favorite football-themed board game.
A Review of the Crazy Deduction Game Mystery of...
A review of the crazy, and very fun, deduction board game Mystery of the Abbey.
Wits & Wagers - Perhaps the Greatest Trivia...
A review of my favorite trivia game, Wits & Wagers.
Smarty Party is a Tremendously Fun Trivia Game
A review of Smarty Party, one of the best trivia games ever designed.
How to Play the Loud, Raucous, and Fun Card...
The complete rules for the card game Slapjack, a loud and raucous game enjoyed by many children.
The Complete Guide to Monopoly
The Complete Guide to Monopoly includes rules, strategy tips, variants, a FAQ, and more.
The Greatest Board Game Designers
A look at some of the best board game designers in history.
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 Gin Rummy with Only Three Players
The complete rules for the card game three-handed Gin Rummy.
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.
Do You Know How Many Letter Tiles Are in...
An answer to the question, how many letter tiles are in Scrabble?
Railroad Euchre - Card Game - Rules
The rules for Railroad Euchre, a series of variants designed to make the trick-taking card game quicker.
Learn to Play the Card Game Crazy Eights
The complete rules for the card game Crazy Eights.
8 Fun Word Games to Keep You Entertained
My picks for the best word games (board games and card games).
The 5 Best Traditional Card Games for Kids
My picks for the best traditional card games for children.
How to Play 'Spades' with 2 People
The complete rules for the two-player version of the trick-taking card game Spades.
Learn How to Play Gin Rummy with This Easy Guide
The complete rules for the card game Gin Rummy.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 the Basics of Battleship with This Easy...
An article explaining the basic rules of Battleship, the board game by Milton Bradley / Hasbro.
Wits & Wagers
A review of the trivia/party game Wits & Wagers, first published in 2005 by North Star Games.
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.
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.
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.
Quick and Easy Guide to Playing the Card Game I...
The complete rules for the card game I Doubt It.
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.
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.
Time's Up
A profile of Time's Up, a party game designed by Peter Sarrett and published by R&R Games.
Snap - Card Game Rules
The complete rules for the children's card game Snap.
Learn How to Play the Card Game Euchre
The complete rules of Euchre, a popular and relatively simple trick-taking card game.
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.
Your Quick Guide to Playing the Card Game Pitch
The complete rules for the card game Pitch, also known as Auction Pitch or Setback.
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 Spades
The complete rules for the trick-taking card game Spades.
All Aboard! Learn to Play Mexican Train Dominoes
The complete rules for Mexican Train Dominoes, also known as Trains.
Top 5 Trick-Taking Card Games
My picks for the best trick-taking card games played with a traditional deck of cards.
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.
Basic Strategy Tips for Texas Hold'Em Poker
Strategy tips for beginniners in the game of 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.
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.
5 Hands You Should Never Play in Texas Holdem...
A look at the worst starting hands for Texas Hold 'Em Poker.
Top 5 Party Games
The goal of party games is to have a good time. Here are our top five games that are guaranteed to have you in stitches.
Play Pyramid Solitaire with This Simple Guide
The complete rules for Pyramid Solitaire, also known as Solitaire 13.
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.
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.
Scrabble Words - Vowel-Heavy Two- and...
Knowing these vowel-heavy two- and three-letter words can help improve your Scrabble game.
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.
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.
Learn the Rules for the Classic Card Game Rummy
The complete rules for the card game Rummy.
Learn How to Play the Card Game 'Old Maid'
The complete rules for the card game Old Maid.
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?
Which Tiles Are Distributed in Each Scrabble...
A look at how Scrabble tiles are distributed in the English versions of the word game.
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.
Learn to Play Backgammon With This Easy Guide
The complete rules for the classic board game Backgammon.
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.
Top 10 Gifts for Poker Players
The top 10 best gifts you can buy for someone who loves to play the card game Poker.
Best Football Board Games
These are my picks for the best football-themed (American football) board games ever published.
Is Your Old Monopoly Game Worth a Lot of Money?
An answer to the question: How much are old Monopoly games worth?
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.
Top 10 Most Visited Monopoly Properties
A look at the top 10 most visited properties in the board game Monopoly.
Play the Card Game Spit with This Easy Guide
A brief summary of the rules of the board game Stratego.
Learn How to Play Spit with These Easy Rules
The complete rules for the card game Spit, also known as Speed or Slam.
Break the Safe
A review of the board game Break the Safe, published by Mattel in 2003.
Ticket to Ride - Board Game Review
A review of the absolutely wonderful board game Ticket to Ride, designed by Alan R. Moon and published by Days of Wonder.
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.
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.
Pig - Dice Game Rules
The complete rules for Pig, a fun dice game played with a single six-sided die.
Two-Handed Euchre - Rules
The complete rules of Two-Handed Euchre, a popular and relatively simple trick-taking card game for two players.
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.
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?
How to Host a Texas Holdem Poker Party with...
Tips for hosting a successful Texas Hold 'Em Poker party at your house.
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.
Smarty Party
A review of the trivia game Smarty Party, published by R&R Games.
Best Places to Buy Used Games
My picks for the best places to buy used board games and card games.
Top 5 Music-Related Games
Music can soothe the savage beast, and it can also make for a fun game. These are my picks for the best music-related board games.
How much money does the bank have?
An answer to the question: How much money does the bank have in the board game Monopoly?
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.
The Complete Guide to Checkers
The Complete Guide to Checkers includes rules, strategy tips, and more.
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.
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.
You Can Use These Vowel-Heavy 5-Letter Words in...
Knowing these vowel-heavy five-letter words can help improve your Scrabble game.
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 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.
Tic Tac Toe - Game Rules
The complete rules for Tic Tac Toe, with variants which can make the game more challenging.
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.
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.
Ways to Improve Monopoly
Suggestions on how to improve the game Monopoly, which is often played by incorrect rules.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All You Need to Know about Scrabble
The Complete Guide to Scrabble includes word lists, strategy tips, videos, and more.
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?
When is a game of Scrabble over?
An answer to the question, when is a game of Scrabble over?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pandemic - Review
A review of the cooperative board game Pandemic, including an overview of the good and bad points of Pandemic, and cooperative board games in general.
You Must Be an Idiot! - Trivia Game
An interview with Stephen Glenn, the designer of the trivia game You Must Be an Idiot!.
Top 5 Settlers of Catan Games and Expansions
The Settlers of Catan is a worldwide phenomenon -- this board game has sold more than 6 million copies, including expansions, in Germany alone. These are my picks for the best 5 Settlers of Catan games and expansions.
Clue: Secrets & Spies
A profile of the board game Clue: Secrets & Spies, published by Hasbro in 2009.
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?
Top 5 Games for Movie Fans
Apart from playing board games and card games, one of my favorite pastimes is watching movies. Here are my picks for the best games for movie fans.
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.
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.
Trivial Pursuit
A profile of the board game Trivial Pursuit, judged to be one of the most historically and culturally significant games published since 1800.
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.
Settlers of Catan
A review of the board game Settlers of Catan, a modern classic.
7 Fast and Easy Strategy Tips for Gin Rummy
These seven quick strategy tips will teach you how to win at Gin Rummy.
Dominion - Review
A review of the card game Dominion. This award-winning game uses a deck-building mechanic with many benefits.
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.
Electronic Catchphrase - Catch Phrase
A profile of the great party game Electronic Catchphrase, published by Hasbro.
Spiel des Jahres Award Winners - Complete List
A complete list of the board games which have won the Spiel des Jahres, Germany's Family Game of the Year award and the most prestigious award a game can win.
Lost Your Game Rules? Tips to Find Them Easily
How to find lost rules or instructions for 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.
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