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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.
How to Play Mancala
The complete rules of standard two-rank Mancala, also known as Kalah, an ancient board game.
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.
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.
Before You Ante Up, Learn the Standard Poker...
A simple list of standard Poker chip denominations by color.
The 10 Best Solitaire Card Games
My picks for the best solitaire card games, including Klondike, Pyramid, Golf, Poker and more.
What Beats What? Poker Hands Ranked from...
Standard Poker hands are ranked here in order of strength, from the strongest hand to the weakest.
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.
How to Play 'Spades' with 2 People
The complete rules for the two-player version of the trick-taking card game Spades.
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.
Learn to Play the Children's Card Game 'Go Fish'
The rules for Go Fish, a children's card game also known as Fish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 to Play the Card Game Crazy Eights
The complete rules for the card game Crazy Eights.
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.
Learn How to Play the Card Game Euchre
The complete rules of Euchre, a popular and relatively simple trick-taking card game.
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.
These Are the 10 Best Starting Hands in Texas...
A list of the top 10 best 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.
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.
Learn the Basics of Battleship with This Easy...
An article explaining the basic rules of Battleship, the board game by Milton Bradley / Hasbro.
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.
All Aboard! Learn to Play Mexican Train Dominoes
The complete rules for Mexican Train Dominoes, also known as Trains.
Pig - Dice Game Rules
The complete rules for Pig, a fun dice game played with a single six-sided die.
11 Simple Tips to Win the Board Game Risk
Simple tips anyone can use to improve your chances of winning the board game Risk.
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.
Scrabble Words - Vowel-Heavy Two- and...
Knowing these vowel-heavy two- and three-letter words can help improve your Scrabble 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.
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 How to Play the Card Game Spades
The complete rules for the trick-taking card game Spades.
Five Easy Ways to Improve at Texas Hold 'Em Poker
Five simple tips to help you become a better Texas Hold 'Em Poker player.
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 the Rules for the Classic Card Game Rummy
The complete rules for the card game Rummy.
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.
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.
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.
Basic Strategy Tips for Texas Hold'Em Poker
Strategy tips for beginniners in the game of Texas Hold 'Em Poker.
Play Pyramid Solitaire with This Simple Guide
The complete rules for Pyramid Solitaire, also known as Solitaire 13.
Which Tiles Are Distributed in Each Scrabble...
A look at how Scrabble tiles are distributed in the English versions of the word game.
The Top 10 Games for Family Gatherings
A list of the best board games and card games to play at family gatherings.
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.
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 to Play Klondike Solitaire or Fascination
The complete rules for Klondike Solitaire, a card game also known as Fascination or Demon Patience.
You Can Use These Vowel-Heavy 5-Letter Words in...
Knowing these vowel-heavy five-letter words can help improve your Scrabble game.
Two-Handed Euchre - Rules
The complete rules of Two-Handed Euchre, a popular and relatively simple trick-taking card game for two players.
Top 10 Most Visited Monopoly Properties
A look at the top 10 most visited properties in the board game Monopoly.
The Complete Guide to Monopoly
The Complete Guide to Monopoly includes rules, strategy tips, variants, a FAQ, and more.
8 Fun Word Games to Keep You Entertained
My picks for the best word games (board games and card games).
5 Hands You Should Never Play in Texas Holdem...
A look at the worst starting hands for Texas Hold 'Em Poker.
Quick and Easy Guide to Playing the Card Game I...
The complete rules for the card game I Doubt It.
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.
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.
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?
Snap - Card Game Rules
The complete rules for the children's card game Snap.
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 Host a Texas Holdem Poker Party with...
Tips for hosting a successful Texas Hold 'Em Poker party at your house.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 5 Trick-Taking Card Games
My picks for the best trick-taking card games played with a traditional deck of cards.
Railroad Euchre - Card Game - Rules
The rules for Railroad Euchre, a series of variants designed to make the trick-taking card game quicker.
Learn How to Play Spit with These Easy Rules
The complete rules for the card game Spit, also known as Speed or Slam.
Is Your Old Monopoly Game Worth a Lot of Money?
An answer to the question: How much are old Monopoly games worth?
Learn How to Play the Card Game 'Old Maid'
The complete rules for the card game Old Maid.
Learn to Play Backgammon With This Easy Guide
The complete rules for the classic board game Backgammon.
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.
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 the Card Game Spit with This Easy Guide
A brief summary of the rules of the board game Stratego.
Learn How to Play Gin Rummy with This Easy Guide
The complete rules for the card game Gin Rummy.
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.
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 much money does the bank have?
An answer to the question: How much money does the bank have in the board game Monopoly?
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.
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.
Ways to Improve Monopoly
Suggestions on how to improve the game Monopoly, which is often played by incorrect rules.
Tic Tac Toe - Game Rules
The complete rules for Tic Tac Toe, with variants which can make the game more challenging.
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.
The Complete Guide to Checkers
The Complete Guide to Checkers includes rules, strategy tips, and more.
Scrabble: Frequently Asked Questions
A set of frequently asked questions about Scrabble, the most popular word game ever published.
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.
Best Places to Buy Used Games
My picks for the best places to buy used board games and card games.
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.
7 Fast and Easy Strategy Tips for Gin Rummy
These seven quick strategy tips will teach you how to win at Gin Rummy.
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.
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.
When is a game of Scrabble over?
An answer to the question, when is a game of Scrabble over?
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.
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.
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.
Board Game Design Competition Winners
The winners of About.com's annual board game design competition, including links to the full set of rules so you can play the games at home for free.
Three Thirteen
The complete rules of Three Thirteen, a version of Rummy played over 11 rounds.
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.
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 Play Concentration or Memory
Complete rules for the card game Concentration, also known as Memory.
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.
Clue: Secrets & Spies
A profile of the board game Clue: Secrets & Spies, published by Hasbro in 2009.
Basic Strategy Tips for Pyramid Solitaire
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.
All You Need to Know about Scrabble
The Complete Guide to Scrabble includes word lists, strategy tips, videos, and more.
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?
What is the official Scrabble dictionary?
An answer to the question, what is the official Scrabble dictionary?
Plants vs. Zombies: The Board Game
A profile of Plants vs. Zombies: The Board Game, scheduled to be published by Screenlife in fall 2011.
How to Play the Card Game Oh Hell
The complete rules for the trick-taking card game Oh Hell.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Monopoly - Frequently Asked Questions
A FAQ all about the board game Monopoly, answering frequently asked questions about Monopoly.
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 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?
Who invented Monopoly?
Find out who invented the classic board game, as well as learn more about the game's history and origins.
Mancala
A profile of the ancient board game Mancala.
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
Best Football Board Games
These are my picks for the best football-themed (American football) board games ever published.
Play War Two Ways with These Simple Guidelines
The complete rules for the children's card game War, including an original variant.
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.
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.
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.
Illinois Avenue - Monopoly Property
An examination of Illinois Avenue, a property in the board game Monopoly.
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?
Wits & Wagers
A review of the trivia/party game Wits & Wagers, first published in 2005 by North Star Games.
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.
Accordion Solitaire
The complete rules for the card game Accordion Solitaire.
Canasta - Card Game Rules
The complete rules for the card game Canasta, part of the Rummy family.
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.
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.
Buying Poker Chips - How to Get the Best Deal
How to get the best deal when you decide to buy Poker chips.
When can I buy houses and hotels?
An answer to the question: When can I buy houses and hotels in the board game Monopoly?
Puerto Rico - Basic Strategy Tips
New players can learn the importance of early money, the advantage of predicting what role your opponent might choose, and the key of comparative advantage over absolute advantage.
These Are the 50 Most Significant Board Games...
The 50 most historically and culturally significant board and card games published since 1800.
Canfield Solitaire
The complete rules for the card game Canfield Solitaire.

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