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Game 1: The Digits Game

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Rules of play
Prerequisite: Familiarity with the digits 0 to 9.
Ages: 5 and up.
Participants: 2 to 6 players.
Cards in game: All numerical cards (1-100); “free” cards (“Free” Card) are excluded.
Object of the game: To discard all cards in a player’s hand.
Set-up: The cards are shuffled properly and each player is dealt 7 cards. The remaining cards are placed face down as a draw pile. The top card of the draw pile is turned over and placed face up beside it as the first card of a discard pile. The top card of the discard pile will always be referred to as the “open card”. If the draw pile is used up during the game, only the open card is left in place whereas the rest of the discard pile is reshuffled and turned over for a new face down draw pile.

Basic rules of play:
1. Each player in turn is allowed to discard one card upon the open card, provided these two cards have at least one digit in common.
For example, upon the card “23” the player may place any card with the digit 2 and/or the digit 3, e.g. “27”, “35”, “2”, etc.
2. Moreover, a single-digit card can be discarded upon any other single-digit card.
For example, upon the card “3” the player may discard any card with the digit 3 as well as any number from “1” to “9”.
3. A player who does not discard a card loses a turn and has to draw an extra card from the draw pile.

End of game:
The game ends when a player is left with no cards, and is declared the winner of the game.
A session of games is set by recording scores in the following manner:
a. The winner in every game scores 0 points.
b. The score for each of the remaining players is the number of cards left in his hand. Alternatively, they may continue playing every game, and then the player who finishes second scores 2 points, the third scores 3 points, and so on.
The winner of the session is the player who scores the lowest total of points.

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