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OBJECT OF SEQUENCE: The object of Sequence is to be the first to complete the needed sequences.

NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, or 12 players can play

MATERIALS: A rulebook, a game board, 48 chips each of red, blue and green, and 104 sequence cards.

TYPE OF GAME: Strategy Board Game



Sequence is a strategy board game for either 2 or 3 individual players or 2 or 3 even teams of players up to 12 players in total.

The goal of the game is to be the first team to complete the needed number of sequences to win.


Teams should split up evenly and each one player or team, takes a different color marker. Players should sit so that no two teammates sit next to one another.

A random dealer is chosen and shuffles the deck, then deal a number of cards to each player determined by the number of players.

In a 2-player game each player receives a hand of 7 cards, 3 and 4 players receive 6 cards each, 6 players receive 5 cards each, 8 and 9 players receive 4 cards each, and 10 and 12 players receive 3 cards each. The remaining cards form the draw deck.

The board should be placed centrally as well as the draw deck, additional markers, and discards.


According to the sequence game rules, the player left of the dealers starts the game. Play then proceeds in a clockwise direction. On a player’s turn, they will take a card of their choice from their hand and play it into their personal, face-up discard pile.

Then you will then place one of your markers on the matching open space on the game board. You then draw a new card from the draw pile to their hand.

If a player forgets to draw before the next player draws from the deck, they must now play with a smaller hand of cards for the remaining game.

The board has 2 matching spaces for each card in the deck, except for jacks.

A player may play on either space when they play the matching card, as long as it is not already occupied by another player’s marker.

The goal of the game is to make sequences. This is done by matching 5 of your team’s colored chips in a row.

This can be done horizontally, vertically, and diagonally, but they must all be in line with no gaps in between.

Corner Chips

There are 4 corner chips on the board. When building a sequence using connected to this space it counts as a chip for all teams.

If you use a corner chip you only need 4 chips to make a sequence.


There are 8 jacks in total in the deck, and two different kinds of jacks. There are one eyed jacks and two-eyed jacks. A one eyed jack can be played to remove one of another team’s chip from the board. This cannot be done to a completed sequence, however.

Two eyed jacks are wild cards and allow you to place a chip wherever you would like on the board.

It is possible to have dead cards in your hand. These are cards that cannot be played because all spots on the board have been covered.

Once per turn, you may turn in a dead card for a new one by playing it on your discard pile and declaring it a dead card. You may then draw a new card and take your turn.


The game ends when a player or team completes the needed number of sequences to win. For 2 players or 2 teams, this requires 2 sequences.

For 3 players or 3 teams, this only requires one sequence.

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How do I get rid of a dead card?

To take a card and get rid of a dead card, first, place it on your discard pile and declare it dead. Then you may draw a new replacement card.

How many cards are each player dealt?

The number of cards dealt to each player is determined by the total number of people playing. For two-player games, both players receive 7 cards each. For games with 3 or 4 players, all players receive 6 cards each. In a 6-player game, each player is dealt 5 cards. For 8 and 9 player games, each player receives 4 cards, and finally, for 10 and 12 player games, 3 cards are dealt to each player.

What do Jacks do?

There are two types of jacks that do different things. The two types of jacks are the one-eyed jacks and the two-eyed jacks.

The one-eyed jacks allow you to remove other players’ markers off the board, and the two-eyed jacks act as wild cards for you to place markers.

How do you win Sequence?

To win sequence you must have 5 of your team’s colored markers in a row without any gaps. This can be done in any direction.

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