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How to Play Clue

How to Play Clue The classic board game Clue was invented in 1944 by an Englishman. Then called “Murder!” the game was designed to be played during air raids, hours-long periods where many English families waited for long boring hours in bomb shelters with nothing to do. Eventually, the game would be published as “Cluedo” and finally simply “Clue.” The game appe...

How to Play the Game of Life

How to Play the Game of Life The Game of Life is a classic Milton Bradley board game in which players go through an entire lifetime–getting married, starting a career, having kids, and earning inheritance and through investments are all part of the game, as are some of the downsides of life, including death. Players move through the Game of Life as they would move through their normal life, ...

How to Play Monopoly

How to Play Monopoly Parker Brothers classic real estate board game is the most popular board game in history. Millions of copies of Monopoly have been sold since the game first appeared in 1935. Based on neighborhoods the game’s inventor was familiar with from his summers spent on the Jersey shore, Monopoly involves buying and selling commercial and residential real estate. The game is icon...

How to Play Canasta

How to Play Canasta The goal of the game of Canasta is to score more points than your opponent by making melds or “canastas.” The almighty Canasta is a card meld made up of seven cards of the same rank. Canasta Instructions Deal 15 cards to each player. Then both players take turns drawing one card from the stock and then discarding one card on the discard pile. After a player draws a ...

How to Play Rummy 500

How to Play Rummy 500 It is important to learn the different kinds of sequences that are in play in Rummy 500. They are typical card game sequences–three of a kind, three consecutive, etc. You can also build on other players sequences to get rid of cards and score points. This is called “playing off” and is an important part of game play and strateg. Rummy 500 Instructions Rummy ...

How to Play Euchre

How to Play Euchre Euchre is a fast paced “trump” game that takes just a second to learn. Trump games are popular all over the world, and since Euchre only requires four players, it is an easy game to play with little set-up. Euchre, pronounced YOO-kerr, is the game that gave our modern deck of playing cards the Joker. In the traditional American version of Euchre, the wild cards are s...

How to Play Stratego

How to Play Stratego Stratego is one of those “easy to learn, hard to master” board games that are always popular for a certain segment of the gaming population. Variations of Stratego exist for different brands, things like Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Simpsons. Though Stratego is not as popular as it once was, the complex strategy involved in this war game mean it will always ha...

Popular Family Games

Popular Family Games While just about any board game can be enjoyed by the whole family, some games are just classic “family” oriented games. In general, that means they’re good for a wide range of ages and players. Here’s the five most popular family games. 5. Boggle Though Boggle is described as being “for 2 or more players”, we’ve found that more than f...

Popular Card Games

Popular Card Games Games that use cards instead of boards or other items are called “card games.” This word refers to everything from poker and blackjack to Old Maid and Spit in the Ocean. Card games are as varied as board games, with games for all ages and skill levels. Here are the five most popular card games, ranked in order of number of players. 5. Spades Down South, it isn’...

Popular Board Games

Popular Board Games Ask any anthropologist–board games have been around pretty much as long as human civilization. Whether we’re talking about the simple game “Go” (played as early as 300 BC) or the more complex modern games like “Settlers of Catan”, board games are popular because they’re fun, they allow for playful competition, and your whole family or ...

How to Play Craps

Learning how to play craps lets you play the cool game at the casino, where all the people who love the action go. Craps is also a social game and a betters game, because if you make the conventional bets, you and the people to the left and right of you are likely to be making the same bet. When all of you have money riding on the same proposition, it creates camaraderie. Besides, the craps table ...

How to Solve a Rubik’s Cube

Anyone can learn how to solve a Rubik’s Cube. If you missed the 1980’s, the Rubik’s Cube was the six-sided puzzle with nine different colored panels on each of its six sides that you could rotate in any direction. Solving the Rubik’s Cube involves mixing up the colors, then moving the nine panels into place so that the panels on each side contain only one color. The Rubik...

How to Bowl

Bowling is a fun, relaxing game that can be satisfying (for players who know what they’re doing) or extremely frustrating (for players who don’t follow the correct techniques). Being a successful bowler is dependent on your ability to maintain the proper form and throw the ball consistently, as well as your capacity for staying mentally strong while bowling a game. Choosing the Correct Ball Yo...

How to Build a Kite

Kites have been in use for over 2,000 years, first appearing in China. Since their invention, kites have been used as military equipment, to improve radio antenna reception, in weather forecasting and even in Benjamin Franklin’s discovery that lightning is indeed electricity.  Through the ages, kites have also become a fun recreational hobby. These flying machines can be made as simple or as co...

How to Do Card Tricks

The fun part about watching card tricks is trying to figure out how they did it. You’ve probably always wanted to learn a few tricks yourself but thought that it would be too difficult to perform. While some tricks take years of practice, some are designed for beginners as well. In this guide we’ll teach you how to do card tricks. Easy & Simple Card Tricks The following is a collectio...

How to do Magic Tricks

You may have seen many amazing feats and tricks performed by magicians. Although magic may seem complicated, learning how to do magic tricks as shown in this guide is actually quite simple. In fact, some of the most audience pleasing tricks are the most simple to perform. You can amaze your audience with basic card levitation or a vanishing coin, provided your delivery is veiled in mystery and pro...

How to Play Poker

This history of poker is disputed. Whatever its origins though, poker is now an extremely popular card game where the object is to obtain the best hand then win the most money through betting. Poker Setup Poker can be played by as few as two players and as many as nine. Players sit in a circle. Poker tournaments allow for more people to play as the tournament setup usually involves more than on...

How to Play Pool

Have you seen movies like “The Hustler” and “The Color of Money” and wanted to learn how to play pool? The good news is that pool, like many social games, takes only a few minutes to learn and a lifetime to master. Just about any person of any age can pick up a pool cue and have some fun with their friends, learning the techniques and strategies as they go. However, if you want to excel qu...

How to Play Soccer

Soccer, or football as it’s known in many parts of the world, was first invented in in the mid 1800s. The first set of modern rules were devised by Cambridge University in 1848. It is a game played by people of all ages worldwide. Soccer is known as football around the world because the game is played by kicking a leather ball with your foot. In the USA, they call it soccer because it did not ...

How to Play Solitaire

Solitaire is an excellent source of entertainment for any down time that you have alone. Solitaire is also a fundamental card game for beginning card players in that it teaches players to be quite familiar with the suits and numbers in a standard deck of cards. However, solitaire is also versatile in that it can be played at any age or level with minimum skill. Rules of Solitaire The primary rules...

How to Play Spades

Spades is a card game that originated in America and was spread to other countries by American soldiers. It is a trick-taking game like Euchre and Hearts, meaning that players strive to win a certain number of tricks or mini-rounds in each hand. However, instead of each person playing and bidding individually, the players are paired up into teams, adding a new dimension to trick-taking game play. ...

How to Play Sudoku

Sudoku is a number puzzle game played all over the world. You can play in newspapers, magazines, online or even in special books just for sudoku puzzles. Even though it is classified as a number game, it requires no mathematical skills. However, a basic knowledge of sudoku is required in order to form proper strategies and be successful in the play of the game. Without knowing the basics of sudoku...

How to Play Tennis

Tennis Tips for Beginners Tennis is a sport that originated in the 19th century. The sport of tennis has evolved dramatically since its inception in the 1890s but the game remains true to its original form. In its early years, tennis was mostly considered an upper-class sport, similar to golf. Tennis has since spread around the world and is now enjoyed by millions. Countries from around the world ...

How to Play Texas Holdem

Texas Holdem is a form of poker that involves community cards, which are cards that every player can see and use. Texas Holdem is the most popular type of poker in the world, which may be caused in part by the television airtime it receives. Texas Holdem Setup Texas Holdem can be played by as few as two players. The maximum number of players using the same deck is nine. Tournament Texas Holdem ...

How to Play Lacrosse

Historically, lacrosse formed a unique part of many Native American tribes as a way to develop men and as a way to resolve conflicts. This game is literally centuries old and has stood the test of time as one of the most technically and physically demanding games ever developed. However, learning how to play lacrosse is a bit less challenging. Today, lacrosse enjoys little public success but has r...

How to Play Hearts

Hearts is a trick-taking game that is believed to have originated in Spain in the 18th century. In each hand, each player plays one card. This group of cards is known as a “trick.” The object of Hearts is to have the lowest score at the end of the game by avoiding certain cards. Hearts Card Game The hearts card game is most typically played with four people. Unlike many other trick-taking ...

How to Play Golf

Golf is a popular sport not only because it requires athletic and mental endurance but also because it fosters an environment of social activity and networking. Many companies use golf excursions as a tool for their employees or potential business partners to bond socially in order to get things done at the professional level. Golf is often enjoyed by people of all ages because it features low int...

How to Play Football

Football is a goal-defending sport that has its roots in the game of rugby. The object of the game is to score more points than the opposing team within a certain amount of time. Points are scored by advancing the ball into the opponents end zone. Additional details about how to play football have been outlined below. American Football Positions & Setup Professional American football is play...

How to Play Dominoes

If someone asks you how to play dominoes, they are most likely asking you about a game made up of a domino set (also called a deck or pack). Domino pieces were originally developed in France around 1120 A.D. The dominoes you see today, however, are of Chinese decent. You may see these little blocks on TV or in magazines as people line them up and topple them over, creating what is commonly known a...

How to Play Cribbage

If you’re looking for cribbage instructions, you’ve reached the right place. Our “how to play cribbage” guide will cover the basics of cribbage, rules of cribbage and review a few cribbage tips. Cribbage is a card game that calls for quick thinking and calculation. It is widely played in England and is one of the few games that can legally be played in English pubs. It is m...

How to Play Chess

Chess is a board game whose current incarnation is thought to have been developed in 15th century Europe but earlier versions were played in India. Chess is a game played by only two players. The object of Chess is to put your opponent in a situation where their King game piece cannot be prevented from being captured. Chess Setup Chess is played on an 8×8 checkered, black-and-white grid boa...

How to Play Checkers

Checkers is a simple board game for all ages that is usually considered a stepping stone toward other, strategic board games such as chess. Also known as draught in other parts of the world, checkers requires little maintenance or skill. Checker boards usually come in 8×8 or 10×10 sizes with squares alternating between light and dark colors. A standard checker board will contain black an...

How to Play Bridge

Learning how to play bridge is not very difficult. Bridge is a simple card game that uses a standard 52-card deck and four players, which make’s . It’s fun to play and is popular among young and old couples. Bridge is played everywhere from family parties to senior citizen communities. Bridge is a partnership card game of four players sitting around a square table. Partners sit across f...

How to Play Basketball

The game of basketball was created not long before the turn of the 20th century, meaning that it is quite young when compared to other popular sports. However, that hasn’t stopped it from becoming one of the most widely played and widely watched sports in the entire world. The game was created as the brainchild of Dr. James Naismith, a physical education professor who wanted to develop a new gam...

How to Play Backgammon

Before we learn how to play backgammon first we’ll begin with its history. Backgammon is often regarded as one of the oldest dice games, known to mankind going back about 5000 years to ancient Egypt. Although the game of backgammon is quite old, it remains quite similar today to when it was first developed. In fact, from the very first version, there are actually only a few minor modificati...

How to Build a Skateboard Ramp

Skateboarding requires a great deal of practice in order to do even the most basic of tricks such as the Ollie, heelflip and kickflip. A normal urban environment usually provides enough space and obstacles to serve as the perfect practice location. Even better is the common availability of local skate parts that offer professional ramps, rails and kick boxes to perfect your technique. With some mo...

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