For 2-4 players, ages 5 and up
Step-by-step instructions for beginners to intermediates. When the
final level of play is reached, you're ready to play the original Rummikub
game with the rest of the family!
For this game, use just one complete set of animal tiles only (do not use the extra set). The four different sets of animal tiles are: Moe the Monkey (red), Ellen the Elephant (blue), Ralph the Rabbit (black) and Clara the Cat (green). These tiles are numbered 1 through 5. The beginner's game does not use jokers or surprise tiles.
Place the board in the center of the table. Turn the tiles that you are using face down and mix them. Each player takes arack and places five tiles on his rack so that no one else can see them. The remaining tiles form the "bank."
You need at least 3 tiles to make a set. There are two ways to make a set:
If you have the number 5 tiles of Moe the Monkey, Clara the Cat and Ellen the Elephant they do not form a set since they are not next to each other on the board.
After a set is placed on the board, a tile can be added to it (this also wins a star token). During a turn, you can either make a new set, add to a set or use a surprise tile.
Winning Star Tokens:
Ending and Winning the Game:
If the bank is empty continue playing until the board is full. The game ends when the board is full even if there are still tiles on players' racks. The player with the most star tokens when the board is full wins the game.
Use all the tiles in this version. Place the tiles face down on the table and mix them. Each player takes 6 tiles and places them on his rack so that no one else can see them. The remaining tiles form the bank.The game is played on a table without the gameboard.
The youngest player starts by trying to place a set on the board (see "Making Sets"). If he is unable to do so, a tile is taken from the bank unless a surprise tile is used. Play continues with the player onthe left.
Players who place sets of tiles onto the table win a star token for each new set made. During a turn, you can use a surprise tile or make one or all of the following moves:
make a new set or sets; win a star token for each new set
add to a set or sets; win a star token for each set you complete
split a set or sets to make other new sets; win a star token for each new set
After your turn, fill your rack so that there are six tiles.
Jokers and surprise tiles are used the same as in the beginner game.
Ending and Winning the Game:
The game ends when the bank is empty and the first player clears his rack. That player then calls out "Rummikub" and wins a star token. The game also ends when the bank is empty and only surprise tiles are left on any player's rack.In this case, the player does not win a star token. The player with the most star tokens at the end of the game wins.
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