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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.
Learn to Play Checkers in 15 Minutes
The complete rules for the standard U.S. version of Checkers.
Learn to Play the Ancient Board Game Mancala
The complete rules of standard two-rank Mancala, also known as Kalah, an ancient board game.
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.
Spoons, Pig, Tongue: Whatever You Call This...
The complete rules for the card game Spoons, also known as Pig and Tongue.
Your 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 Card Game Crazy Eights
The complete rules for the card game Crazy Eights.
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.
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 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.
What Beats What? Poker Hands Ranked from...
Standard Poker hands are ranked here in order of strength, from the strongest hand to the weakest.
These Are the 10 Best Starting Hands in Texas...
A list of the top 10 best starting hands 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.
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.
What Are the 5 Best Traditional Card Games for...
My picks for the best traditional card games for children.
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.
Learn How to Play the Card Game Spades
The complete rules for the trick-taking card game Spades.
Learn 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.
Do You Know How Many Letter Tiles Are in...
An answer to the question, how many letter tiles are in Scrabble?
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.
Your Quick and Easy Guide to Playing the Card...
The complete rules for the card game I Doubt It.
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 Old Maid
The complete rules for the card game Old Maid.
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.
Before You Ante Up, Learn the Standard Poker...
A simple list of standard Poker chip denominations by color.
Basic Strategy Tips for Texas Hold'Em Poker
Strategy tips for beginniners in the game of Texas Hold 'Em Poker.
All Aboard: Learn to Play Mexican Train Dominoes
The complete rules for Mexican Train Dominoes, also known as Trains.
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.
Your Quick Guide to Playing the Card Game Pitch
The complete rules for the card game Pitch, also known as Auction Pitch or Setback.
11 Tips for Winning the Board Game Risk
Simple tips anyone can use to improve your chances of winning the board game Risk.
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.
Learn the Rules for the Classic Card Game Rummy
The complete rules for the card game Rummy.
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.
Snap - Card Game Rules
The complete rules for the children's card game Snap.
Boost Your Scrabble Score with These 3-Letter...
A list of all the three-letter words including the letter Z which are legal in the board game Scrabble.
Here's How You Play Spades with Two People
The complete rules for the two-player version of the trick-taking card game Spades.
Become a Scrabble Champ with These Handy Lists...
A collection of word lists for players who want to be better at Scrabble or Words With Friends.
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 the Basics of Battleship with This Easy...
An article explaining the basic rules of Battleship, the board game by Milton Bradley / Hasbro.
Learn to Play Backgammon with This Easy Guide
The complete rules for the classic board game Backgammon.
Five Easy Ways to Improve at Texas Hold 'Em Poker
Five simple tips to help you become a better Texas Hold 'Em Poker player.
Gin Rummy - Card Game Rules
The complete rules for the card game Gin Rummy.
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.
Play the Card Game Spit with This Easy Guide
A brief summary of the rules of the board game Stratego.
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.
Spit - Speed - Slam - Card Game Rules
The complete rules for the card game Spit, also known as Speed or Slam.
Host a Successful Texas Hold 'Em Poker Party
Tips for hosting a successful Texas Hold 'Em Poker party at your house.
Pyramid Solitaire - Card Game Rules
The complete rules for Pyramid Solitaire, also known as Solitaire 13.
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.
Klondike Solitaire - Card Game Rules
The complete rules for Klondike Solitaire, a card game also known as Fascination or Demon Patience.
Top 8 Word Games
My picks for the best word games (board games and card games).
How to Win at Battleship
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.
Dice Probabilities
The probabilities for rolling two six-sided dice, which is useful knowledge when playing many board games, including Monopoly.
The Top 10 Games for Family Gatherings
A list of the best board games and card games to play at family gatherings.
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.
Scrabble Tile Distribution
A look at how Scrabble tiles are distributed in the English versions of the word game.
Top 5 Worst Starting Hands for Texas Hold 'Em...
A look at the worst starting hands for Texas Hold 'Em Poker.
Slapjack Rules - Card Game
The complete rules for the card game Slapjack.
Top 10 Cooperative Games
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.
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 5 Trick-Taking Card Games
My picks for the best trick-taking card games played with a traditional deck of cards.
How to Play Dominion
An explanation of the basic rules of Dominion, the card game. This article gives a basic overview of how to play Dominion.
Top 5 Ancient Board Games
These games are the classic classics -- board games that have been played for centuries. They have elegant rules, deep strategy, tactical opportunities, and they all continue to delight modern-day gamers.
How to Win at Backgammon
An article explaining how to win at Backgammon. A brief exploration of the five basic Backgammon strategies, and how to use them.
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.
Concentration / Memory - Card Game Rules
Complete rules for the card game Concentration, also known as Memory.
Poker Dice
The complete rules for the dice game Poker Dice.
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.
Free 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 to Win at Ticket to Ride
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.
War - Card Game Rules
The complete rules for the children's card game War, including an original variant.
Scrabble Words - Vowel-Heavy Five-Letter Words
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.
How To Set Up a Backgammon Board
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 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.
Clock Solitaire Rules
The complete rules for the solitaire card game Clock, also known as Four of a Kind, Hidden Cards, Sun Dial, and Travelers.
Two-Handed Euchre - Rules
The complete rules of Two-Handed Euchre, a popular and relatively simple trick-taking card game for two players.
Oh Hell - Card Game Rules
The complete rules for the trick-taking card game Oh Hell.
Bulls and Cows
The complete rules of the paper-and-pencil deduction game Bulls and Cows.
Stratego - Bomb Placement Strategy
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When is a game of Scrabble over?
An answer to the question, when is a game of Scrabble over?
Pig - Dice Game Rules
The complete rules for Pig, a fun dice game played with a single six-sided die.
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?
Buying Poker Chips - How to Get the Best Deal
How to get the best deal when you decide to buy Poker chips.
How to Win at Settlers of Catan
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.
The Complete Guide to Checkers
The Complete Guide to Checkers includes rules, strategy tips, and more.
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.
Ways to Improve Monopoly
Suggestions on how to improve the game Monopoly, which is often played by incorrect rules.
How much are old Monopoly games worth?
An answer to the question: How much are old Monopoly games worth?
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.
How To Find Game Rules or Instructions
How to find lost rules or instructions for board games and card games.
Tic Tac Toe - Game Rules
The complete rules for Tic Tac Toe, with variants which can make the game more challenging.
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?
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.
Gin Rummy - Basic Strategy Tips
These quick strategy tips will teach you how to win at Gin Rummy.
Top 9 Free Board Games
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 Rules of Golf Solitaire
The complete rules for Golf Solitaire, a card game which can be played by a single player.
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.
Scrabble Words - Three-Letter J Words
A list of all the three-letter words including the letter J which are legal in the board game Scrabble.
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 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?
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.
Dominion Basic Strategy: Action Tips
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.
Best Places to Buy Used Games
My picks for the best places to buy used board games and card games.
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.
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?
Stratego - Flag Placement Strategy
A look at the various options for flag placement in the board game Stratego. This article on Stratego strategy examines the pros and cons of different flag placements during the setup phase.
Top 5 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.
The Complete Guide to Pandemic
The Complete Guide to Pandemic includes strategy tips, a game review, and more resources for players of the board game Pandemic.
How much money does the bank have?
An answer to the question: How much money does the bank have in the board game Monopoly?
Scrabble Words - Vowel-Heavy Six-Letter 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.
Beggar My Neighbor - Card Game Rules
The complete rules for the children's card game Beggar My Neighbor.
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.
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.
Omaha Hold 'Em Poker Rules
Omaha Hold 'Em is a close relative of Texas Hold 'Em. These are the complete rules for Omaha Hold 'Em Poker.
Liar Dice - Complete Rules
The complete rules for Liar Dice, a two-player dice game.
The Rules of Poker Solitaire
The complete rules for Poker Solitaire, a card game that can be played by a single player.
What to Pass in Hearts
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.
Top 5 Places to Play Board Games and Card Games...
Playing board and card games online can be fun, no matter what style of games you like best. These are some places to play board and card games online.
How to Play Pandemic
A rules summary for the cooperative board game Pandemic, designed to teach players how to play Pandemic.
Top 10 Negotiation Games
My picks for the best negotiation board games and card games.
Risk 101
Information about the board game Risk, along with links to useful resources for Risk players.
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?
Before You Buy Board Games or Card Games
A primer on things to think about before you buy a board game or a card game.
Top 5 Harry Potter 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.
Wits & Wagers
A review of the trivia/party game Wits & Wagers, first published in 2005 by North Star Games.
Categories
The complete rules for Categories, a party game for 3 or more players that can be played with paper and pencils.
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.
Are the official Monopoly rules available online?
Are the official Monopoly rules available online?
Gin Rummy for Three Players - Card Game - Rules
The complete rules for Gin Rummy when played by three players.
Nine Men's Morris - Board Game Rules
The complete rules for the board game Nine Men's Morris.
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.
The Rules of Little Spider Solitaire
The complete rules for the card game Little Spider Solitaire.
Best Football Board Games
These are my picks for the best football-themed (American football) board games ever published.
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.
License Plate Game - Car Game Rules
The complete rules for the License Plate Game, which can be played on long car trips.
Crokinole - Rules
The complete rules for the board game Crokinole.
The Complete Guide to Scrabble
The Complete Guide to Scrabble includes word lists, strategy tips, videos, and more.
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.
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.
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.
Dominion - Review
A review of the card game Dominion. This award-winning game uses a deck-building mechanic with many benefits.
Puerto Rico - Basic Strategy Tips
Some basic strategy tips for the board game Puerto Rico. 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.
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.
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.

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