Learn How to Play Red Flags

Reading board game rulebooks is such a pain. To help you lean how to play red flags, i have attempted to summarise the rules in simple steps to help you get started quick.
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Players: 3 to 10 | Game duration from: 30 mins | Game Complexity: EASY
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What is the game red flags about?

  • Play Red Flags with 3 to 10 players.
  • A player must win 7 cards to win the game.
  • Red flags is about convincing your friends to go on terrible dates.

Game setup

  • Put the white cards (Perks) and red cards (Red Flags) in stacks on the table so that all players can reach them.
  • Pick a player to be the Single.
  • The rest of the players take 4 Perks and 3 Red Flags.

How is red flags played?

1. Play The Perks

  • Each perk card represents a quality you’re looking for when dating. They make your date amazing.
  • Pick two Perks to create the best date for the Single.
  • Each player plays their two Perks and reads the cards out loud starting with the player to the left of the Single.

2. Play the Red Flags

These cards are the qualities that make your date really awful.
Once all Perks are read, starting with the player to the Single’s left, each player plays a Red Flag onto the player to their left.

3. Debate which date the Single should pick

Now the players argue why the Single should pick their character and reject the rest. Singles should imagine that they will be dating this person for a very long time, and will have to perform all the usual dating duties.

4. Single selects date

  • The Single chooses a date.
  • The selected player keeps their Red Flag from that date
  • Each Red Flag card kept is worth 1 point.
  • The player to the left of the Single is now the new Single.

How to win?

Go twice around the table for a short game. In a longer game, the first player to seven points wins.


When a card with a in it is played. The player who played the card gets to fill in the blank with anything they want.
For example: _
in the card below could be played as Eyes, Biceps, or Brother.

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