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How to Play Qwirkle Game Rules


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Players: 2 to 4 | Game duration from: 40 mins | Game Complexity:

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What are the rules of Qwirkle?

Players compete to score the most points by playing their hand of tiles to create and expanding lines of colour and shape tiles.

How do you set up Qwirkle?

Place all tiles in the bag. Each player draws their hand of 6 tiles and keeps it hidden from others


How to Play Qwirkle Step by Step

Played on any flat surface. Each player begins with six tiles. Starting player places down tiles of a single matching attribute (color or shape but not both). Thereafter, a player adds tiles adjacent to at least one previously played block. The tiles must all be played in a line and match, without duplicates, either the color or shape of the previous block. Players score points for completing lines of 6 tiles.

Total Time: 45 minutes

Starting your Qwirkle game

Everyone counts largest number of Qwirkle tiles they have of the same color or shape. The player with the most tiles with a similar attribute starts. If tied, the oldest tied player starts.Play continues clockwise.

Turn actions on your turn

You can perform 1 of 3 possible actions:
1. Play 1 tile from your hand onto the grid.
2. Play 2 tiles from your hand onto the grid. All played tiles must share one attribute, either colour or shape. Tiles must be played in the same line but they do not have to touch each other.
3. Trade some or all of your tiles for different tiles
After playing tiles, draw tiles to bring your hand back up to 6. If you are unable to add to the grid on your turn, you must trade in some or all of your tiles

Playing tiles onto the grid

Players take turns adding to the grid that is created on the first turn. All tiles must be connected. 2 or more tiles that touch create a line. A line is either all one shape or one colour. Tiles that are added to a line must share the same attribute as the tiles that are already in the line.

Playing onto a line of shapes

There can only be 1 tile of each of the 6 colours.
For example, a line of squares can only have 1 blue square

Playing onto a line of colour

There can only be 1 tile of each of the 6 shapes
For example, a line of yellow can only have 1 yellow circle

Trading in Tiles

Trade in some or all of your tiles. Put aside the tiles you wish to trade. Draw from the bag the replacement tiles. Put and mix the selected trade-in tiles back into the bag.

Scoring

When a line is created, you score 1 point for each tile in the line. When you add to an existing line, you score 1 point for each tile in that line, including those that were already in that line. 1 tile can score 2 points if it is part of 2 different lines.
Whoever ends the game gets a 6 point bonus.

Scoring a Qwirkle

Bonus 6 points are scored whenever you complete a line of 6 tiles.
A Qwirkle scores at least 12 points, 6 points for the 6 tiles and the bonus 6 points,
6 tiles must be either 6 tiles of the same colour, each of a different shape or 6 tiles of the same shape, each of different colour. Lines of more than 6 tiles are not allowed.

Ending and Winning

When tile bag is empty, play continues, but players do not refill their hands at the end of their turn. The 1st player who uses all of their tiles ends the game and gets a 6 point bonus. Players total their points and highest score wins.


Qwirkle Game Rules FAQs

How do you score in Qwirkle?

When creating a line, score 1 point per tile. When expanding an existing line, score 1 point per tile in that line, including those already in that line. 1 tile can score 2 points if it is part of 2 different lines. When completing a line (6 tiles), score 6 points for existing 6 tiles and 6 bonus points. 1st player who ends the game gets 6 bonus points.

Can you play Qwirkle with 2 players?

Qwirkle is a 2 to 4 player game.

Can you play Qwirkle by yourself?

While Qwirkle is a 2 to 4 player game, you can easily play solo by playing and drawing tiles to try to complete lines.


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