Games lubricate the body and the mind.
~ Benjamin Franklin
I love playing games. It is one of the big joys in life that comes in small packages. And the great thing about many games and this is especially true of board games like Qwirkle is that they can be enjoyed by the young and old.
Grandkids and grandparents can play along with mom and dad and very often you can play with several people at once.
So let’s learn how to play Qwirkle which is one of the most popular board games at the moment and a winner of the most prestigious award for board games, the Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year). Qwirkle won this award in mid-2011. An award of this nature can increase sales drastically as you can imagine.
Intrigued by Qwirkle? You can buy the official game here for around $35 or less.
I reckon that is about oh, a penny per game of Qwirkle played. In other words, really, really cheap. Go on and splurge on one of the most popular board games out there at the moment. A game which is good for the mind and heart too.
Qwirkle is a game by MindWare and is considered to have some similarities to both Rummikub and Scrabble.
The game of Qwirkle suggests that it can be played by folks young and old from age 6 to 106. And believe it to, it is a very simple game to learn how to play but very fun, entertaining and mentally stimulating too.
Qwirkle as mentioned before is a board game where the board is whatever table or flat surface you are currently using.
The Qwirkle game comes with 108 wooden tiles which are divided up between 6 different shapes and 6 different colours. You also get the rule book of course and you get a bag to store your fancy pants Qwirkle tiles.
To start playing a game of Qwirkle you need to place all the tiles face down on a flat surface and mix them up well so that they are randomized.
Then each player takes turns taking 6 tiles from “board” and keeps them to themselves.
On your turn you can place one or more tiles down on the board/table in a straight row either horizontally or vertically. You place your tiles so that at least one feature is the same as the next tile to it.
So for example if there is a row of a yellow square, yellow circle and yellow star already down, you need to add a yellow diamond or any other coloured star if you are looking to add to the row from the yellow star’s end.
So you are matching either colours or shapes in order to play.
For each tile that you lay down you get a point. You also get a point for all the tiles already in the line you’re adding to. So in our example above of the yellow square, yellow circle, yellow star, if you place a yellow diamond you get one point for your tile (the diamond) as well as 3 extra points for the tiles already in place.
You can make an extra 6 points if you create a Qwirkle which is by laying 1 or more tiles down to make six of a kind. So you’d get 12 points for creating a Qwirkle. 6 points for the 6 tiles in a row plus an extra 6 points for making the sixth tile.
A player must always end a turn with having 6 tiles at hand unless there are no more tiles left to pick up from the table.
So once you have had your turn and laid down one or more tiles you must pick up one or more tiles so that you have 6 tiles back in your hand.
You can also choose not to play a tile and instead put in 1 or more tiles back into the “stock” and pick the same number of random tiles back. This can be used if you can’t lay a tile down for whatever reason or you want to try get a different type of tile.
The game continues until all tiles have been used up from the table i.e. the original randomized stock of tiles has been picked up and when the first person lays down their last tile and there are no more tiles to grab.
At this point of the game, the points for all the players of Qwirkle are counted and the winner is the person or team with the most points. I should also add that the first person to lay down their last tile gets an additional 6 points for doing so.