OBJECT OF DEER IN THE HEADLIGHTS: The objective of Deer In The Headlights is to be the first player to discard all of your cards.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 or More Players

MATERIALS: 2 Decks of Playing Cards, 3 Wooden Dice, a Scorepad, a Rolling Chart, and Instructions

TYPE OF GAME: Family Card Game

AUDIENCE: Ages 8 and Up


The goal of Deer in The Headlights is to be the player with the fewest amount of points when the game comes to an end. Each round, players will roll three die and follow the instructions given on the rolling chart, depending on what their roll equaled.

Rounds of play will continue until a player has ridded their hand of all of their cards. The round then comes to an end and points are tallied. The player with the most points at the end of the game is the loser, so get rid of those cards! Take care to not be the player left with the Deer in The Headlights look!


To begin setup, shuffle all of the cards. Deal all of the cards equally to all of the players. Place the dice and the rolling chart in the middle of the group, ensuring that all players may easily access them. Assign a score pad to each player by writing their name at the top. The game is ready to begin!


The dealer will begin the game. To begin, they will roll all of the dice and discard the cards that have been notated by the chart. Some of the cards are to be placed in the center pile and others are to be passed to other players, depending on instructions.

Gameplay will continue clockwise around the group, with each player rolling and the appropriate actions being taken. The round comes to an end when a player has no more cards left in their hand. All other players with cards remaining must add up their points. Players will write their point total at the top of their scorecard.

Kings, Queens, and Jacks count for ten points and Aces count for one point. The goal is to have the fewest number of points by the end of the game. The player with the fewest points wins, and the player with one hundred and fifty points loses!


The game comes to an end when a player earns one hundred and fifty points. All of the players will then tally their scores, and the player who has the lowest score wins the game.

Nakoa Davis