OBJECTIVE OF GAME OF KINGDOMS: The objective of Game of Kingdoms is to not be the last person with a card in their hand. This immediately will make you the loser. 

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2 to 6 Players 

MATERIALS: 40 Game Cards and Instructions 

TYPE OF GAME: Shedding Card Game 

AUDIENCE: Ages 8 and Up 


There are no winners in the game of Kingdoms, only a loser. The loser is the last player with a card in their hand. Each player will begin the game with six cards in their hand, and throughout numerous terms attacking and defending, the players will shed the cards from their hands. Some players have luck on their side, always getting the best hand, but other players may have to make the best of the hand that they are dealt.  


Setup is quick and easy. One player will read the instructions to the group, and they will shuffle the cards. They will deal six cards to each player. When everyone has six cards in their hand, another card is drawn and placed face up in the middle of the table. The deck is then placed on top of the face up card, facing down, covering the card only partially.   

The card that is revealed at the bottom will determine the trump color. The game is then ready to begin. 


The player with the lowest card will become the first player. The players will call out if they believe they have the lowest card, and the player who yells out the lowest card will go first. They will show the other players their card in order to prove that they are the first player. The first player will become the Attacker.  

The Attacker will throw down a card and the Defender, the player to the left of the Attacker, must play a better card. If the Defender is unable to beat the card, they must collect the card. The Attacker is able to throw down cards of the same rank. The Attacker can be finished attacking when they announce it to the group, but they may only attack the Defender up to six times. If the Defender is unable to beat all of the Attacker’s cards, then the player on their left will begin their turn as the Attacker and they are skipped.  

The players must refresh their hands at the end of each round. They must pick up however many cards they need in order to make their hand consist of six cards. The players have to draw cards even if they have no cards in their hand, but if they have more than six cards in their hand, they do not have to draw any additional cards.  

The game continues in this manner until all of the cards in the draw pile have been exhausted. At this point, the players will continue to play until only one player remains with a card in their hand. 


The game comes to an end when only one player has a card left in their hand. This player is declared the loser. Everyone else wins. 

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