SEQUENCE



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

AUDIENCE: All Ages


OVERVIEW OF SEQUENCE

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.

SETUP

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

A random dealer is chosen and shuffles the deck, and a number of cards are dealt out 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.

GAMEPLAY

The player left of the dealers starts the game. On a player’s turn, they will choose a card from hand and play it into their personal, face-up discard pile. chips to make a sequence.  Then they will place a marker on the matching space on the game board. Then draw a new card from the draw pile to your 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 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.

Jacks

There are 8 jacks in total in the deck, and two different kinds of jacks. There are one-eyed and two-eyed jacks. The one-eyed jacks 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 placing it in your discard pile and declaring it a dead card. you may then draw a new card and take your turn.

END OF GAME

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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