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You flip the tiles upside down and rearrange thoroughly so colors and numbers are mixed well. You can stack them neatly in piles like the YouTube video below shows, but we just left them randomly spread out on the table before us (perhaps we play too much Gold Fish, lol).
You have to have (3) tiles or more that equal at least 30 when added together to start. After that, you are free to play without an amount restriction. Remember if you are using three numbers alike, they have to be different colors. My son and I both had over 30 with our groups of (3) numbers that were the same (as seen above), but we didn't have different colors. We knew something was off, re-read the directions and began again. It took a minute or two to get used to, but once we got rolling it was like we'd been playing forever.
Once you learn those initial rules, the real fun comes with manipulating the table. You can add to sets or mix and rearrange them, as long as 3 tiles (on the table) are still in compliance with the rules after the move. As the game progresses, choices are more plentiful and you really have to start thinking.
When you can no longer play you pull a tile from the table and add it to your rack. The person after you goes next. The goal of the game is to empty your tile rack first, and say, "Rummikub!"
There are a TON of awesome games available for summer play on these two (Pressman and Goliath) websites. Rummikub was the first we played, and it's definitely our favorite, but we love the others too! Since I'm going to give one away (the sponsor has generously agreed to mail one to a lucky winner), I'll tell you a little bit about each, and give you a link to explore in case you'd like to learn more.
|Photo Courtesy of Goliath Games|
1. Catch the Fox: I played this one with my granddaughter. It's for 2-4 players, ages 4+. She thought it was a hoot that the fox would lose his pants. Underwear are funny when you're 5-years-old. ;)