Braille Skip-Bo Cards
- Brand-name Mattel Skip-Bo cards with Braille added.
- Deck includes 162 cards.
- Cards sport Braille on two corners, and full-color printing.
- Deck comes packed in a hard-Plastic case.
- Package Weight: about 8.8 ounces.
Product DescriptionSkip-Bo is a deceptively simple but endlessly entertaining card game classic. There are a whopping 162 cards in the special Skip-Bo deck, which makes it perfect for anywhere from two to six players. The rules are easy enough for players as young as seven to master, but there's plenty of opportunity for older players to plan ahead, play defensively ... and gently tilt the scales of chance in their favor!
To begin, each player is dealt between 20 and 30 cards, depending on how many are playing. Then, players use skill and strategy to create stacks of cards in numerical sequence 1 through 12. The objective is to get rid of all of your cards, while preventing your opponents from discarding their cards first. But wait - it's not as easy as it sounds. Multiple card piles, duplicated numbers and plenty of Wild Skip-Bo cards to go around make this game both unpredictable and fun. The first player to use all the cards in her stockpile wins!
This special deck of playing cards made by Mattel consists of high-quality cards, each of which sports its number in both print and raised Braille. They even come packed into a custom, hard-plastic case to keep them safe for generations of young card enthusiasts. Now, blind players can join in this light, fun card game for kids of all ages!
How to Play Skip-Bo
Directions courtesy of Future Aids, The Braille Superstore.
Ages: 7 and Up
Players: 2 to 6, individually or partnered.
Object: Be the first player to play all the cards in your STOCK pile (we'll tell you more about that in a minute).
Setting Up. In the center area of play, put the DRAW pile (where you'll be able to draw additional cards). Right near the DRAW pile, up to four BUILDING piles are placed during play. In addition, each player will have in front of him a STOCK pile and up to 4 DISCARD piles.
Note: BUILDING piles and DISCARD piles are developed through play. No cards are in this area at the beginning of the game. Also, SKIP-BO cards are wild. This is important.
Stock Pile. Each player has one STOCK pile, placed face down on his right, with the top card of the pile always turned face-up.
Draw Pile. After the deal, the remaining cards are placed face down in the center of the table to form the DRAW pile.
Building Piles. During the play, up to four BUILDING piles can be started. Only a 1 or a SKIP-BO card can start a BUILDING pile. Each pile is then built up through the number 12. Since SKIP-BO cards are wild, they can start a BUILDING pile, and can be played as any other number, too. Once a pile of 12 cards has been completed, it is removed, and a new pile is started in its place.
Discard Pile. During play, each player may build up to four DISCARD piles to the left of his STOCK pile. He can build up any number of cards in any order in the DISCARD piles, but may only play the top card.
Okay, with us so far? Good.
The Winner. The first player to use up all the cards in his STOCK pile wins. Good luck. It's not as easy as you think.
Let's Start! After the deck is shuffled, each player draws a card. The person with the highest card deals. SKIP-BO cards don't count. The deal moves to the left after each game.
When there are 2 to 4 players, the dealer deals 30 cards to each player. With 5 or more players, 20 cards are dealt. The cards are dealt face down and they become your STOCK pile. Each player turns the top card of his STOCK pile face up without looking at any of the other cards in the STOCK pile. The dealer then places the remainder of the deck face down to form the previously-mentioned DRAW pile.
Finally, How to Play. This is the best part. The person to the left of the dealer starts. He draws 5 cards from the DRAW pile. If the player has a SKIP-BO card or a number 1 card on top of his STOCK pile or in his hand, he may use it to start a BUILDING pile. He may then continue by playing another card from his STOCK pile onto the BUILDING pile. If the player plays all 5 cards, he then draws 5 more and continues playing. If the player can't make a play or just doesn't want to, he ends his turn by discarding one of the cards from his hand onto one of his four DISCARD piles. On a player's second and succeeding turns, the player first draws enough cards to bring his hand back up to 5. He then may add to the BUILDING piles (always in sequential order) by playing the top card from his STOCK pile, DISCARD pile or from his hand. But, remember, the winner is the one who plays all the cards in his STOCK pile, so it's best to always use the playable cards from that pile first. If the DRAW pile is used up, the cards from the completed BUILDING piles are shuffled and become the new DRAW pile.
Scoring and Winning. You may wish to play several games and keep score, so here goes. The winner of each game scores 5 points for each card remaining in his opponents' STOCK piles, plus 25 points for winning the game. The first person to collect 500 points wins.
Partnership. During his turn, a player can play from both his STOCK and DISCARD piles and his partner's. However, during the player's turn, his partner must keep quiet. Only the player taking his turn can ask his partner to make a play for him, i.e., "Partner, play your SKIP-BO as a 4, or partner, play your 7." Any player guilty of cheating must take 2 cards from the DRAW pile and place them in his STOCK pile without looking at them. The game is over when both STOCK piles of one of the partnerships are finished.
Well, that's it. Oh, I almost forgot. Be sure and have ample munchies and beverages around. You'll need them. I did while writing this.
1. If the player inadvertently draws too many cards, he must shuffle the extra cards drawn into his own STOCK pile.
2. If a player draws and plays out of turn and the error is noticed by another player before this illegal turn is finished, then the illegal turn stops immediately and play reverts to the proper order. However, when it becomes the play of the player who went out of turn, then that player suffers the penalty of having to play without first drawing from the DRAW pile. But if a player plays out of turn and completes his turn without being noticed, the play is considered legal. Play resumes as normal, starting with the player to the left of the out-of-turn player.
3. In partnership play, both partners can continue to play from their remaining DISCARD or BUILDING piles even if one of the STOCK piles is finished.
Short Game. For players wishing to play a short version of SKIP-BO, the dealer deals a STOCK pile of 10 cards to each player. All other rules remain the same.
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