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Best Ways to Play the Sequence Board Game with Several Players

by: Rochelle Connery ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 5/25/2012 • Leave a comment

The Sequence board game is great for family game day or playing with friends. It’s like mixing a card game and a board game to get the best of both worlds when you play. It’s challenging enough to keep you thinking, yet not so difficult it prevents conversation during the game.

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    What Is the Sequence Board Game?

    The Sequence board game The Sequence board game comes with its own set of cards and a game board laden with miniature pictures of playing cards in rows and columns. The game is played by dividing up into teams of three. Players keep a stack of cards in their hand and draw cards from a pile to replenish used ones.

    The goal of each team is to create two five-card strings, or sequences, on the playing board by using tokens. Team members can only place tokens on board images that represent the cards in their hand. Teams cannot communicate with one another, so players have to work off of what they see on the board and not a strategy.

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    Dividing into Teams

    The Sequence board game is ideal for families that can divide into multiples of three. In other words, families with three or six individuals can split into teams of one or two individuals each. But what about families with four or five players, where someone will be left on their own without a team member to help them create two sequences?

    You can amend the rules to accommodate different numbers of players in Sequence. For instance, if you want to play with five people, have four players split up into teams of two and leave one out on their own. The teams must each create two sequences while the individual needs to only create one. That way, you average one sequence per player, no matter how the teams are split up.

    You can use a similar method for a family of four. Have two players team up together while the other players remain on their own team. The team with two players must create two sequences, while the other players must each create one.

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    Playing with Friends

    You can use this same idea when adding friends to the Sequence board game. Let’s say you have eight players. Divide the teams into two groups of three and one group of two. The teams with three players should create two sequences while the team with two players needs to only create one.

    The reason you wouldn’t keep the “one sequence per person" theory here is that, first of all, there aren’t enough playing cards. Secondly, there aren’t enough spaces on the board. And third, it would take an awful lot of game rounds to complete this requirement, and players will get bored or burned out by the time they finish.

    The Sequence board game makes it easy to play cards and board games at the same time. Just make sure that everyone can see the board game adequately and be patient as each player considers their moves. It gets increasingly difficult to strategize the more players participate, so remaining tolerant with each other keeps the game enjoyable for all.


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