Rummikub

Rummikub is a very famous tiled game, a fact supported by the two awards, the ‘German Game of the Year' Award as well as the ‘Dutch Game of the Year' award, which the game has won. With an exhaustive 106 tiles used in game play, Rummikub requires the winner to run out of tiles. Now this itself can take quite a bit of time, hence patience and a determination to win will go a long way in making you a Rummikub pro.

History of Rummicub

The game was invented in Israel in the 1940s by a Jewish Romanian named Ephraim Hertzano. Hertzano had actually developed three versions of this game which are known as International, Sabra and American. But out of these, only the Sabra version is in popular use today. The other two versions are hardly known by even the biggest followers of this game. But the complete illustrations of the Sabra and other two versions of Rummikub are present in a book that is written by the creator of the game itself, titled ‘Official Rummikub Book'.  

Also called Rummycube in some countries, the rules and playing method of Rummikub is a lot similar to a game called Okey, which is a Turkish game. It is played with tiles which have numbers from one to thirteen painted on them in four different colours. There are two sets of such tiles, so there are 104 such tiles in total and the remaining two are joker tiles. Each player is given a certain amount of tiles during the course of the game, which s/he will have to pick from a pile.

Each player then takes turns to put their tiles in the middle of gaming area. Every player has to take seven tiles at once and drop a tile that either has the colour or number in common with the tiles that was dropped before it. For example, suppose the first player drops the tile that has number 3 written on it in red colour. Then, the second player will have to drop either a red colour tile or a tile with number 3 painted on it.

If a player does not have the appropriate tile to drop then he will have to pick another tile from the pile of the remaining tiles. The objective of this game is to get rid of all the seven tiles as soon as possible and the first player to drop his last tile wins the game.

A very popular version of Rummikub has been the card game known as UNO, which has similar rules, but with some variations like, it uses cards instead of tiles and some other additional rules like “wild cards” etc. Not as complicated as it might seem, Rummikub is a good choice for a hobby.

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