|by Reiner Knizia
for 3-5 players, age 8 and up
If a player succeeds in achieving a ZERO (i.e. a hand with zero points) the round ends immediately.
After playing a number of rounds, the player with the least points overall is the winner.
There are cards in seven different colours (red, yellow, green, blue, violet, grey & black). There are eight cards of each colour, with numbers 1 to 8.
Shuffle the cards and deal nine to each player. Players take their cards into their hands, keeping the values hidden from the other players. Five cards are then placed face-up, adjacent to each other, to form a pool. The remaining cards are not used in the current round, and are placed face-down to one side.
The player to the left of the dealer begins the round. Then play progresses clockwise. On your turn, you must either Swap or Knock.
However, the second Knock of the round (irrespective of whether by the same or a different player) signals the last opportunity to Swap. After the second Knock all players get one more turn before the round ends, but not the player who performed the second Knock. Players who do not wish to use their last opportunity to Swap may simply Knock and pass.
Example: a single 7 scores 7 points; similarly two 7's, three 7's or four 7's also scores just 7 points. However five or more 7's in the hand scores 0 points.
|Scores: 2 + 5 + 0 = 7 points.|
|Scores: 1 + 4 + 8 + 0 = 13 points.|
|Scores: 1 + 2 + 5 + 7 = 15 points.|
If a player succeeds in forming a hand that contains five cards of one colour and five cards with one number (with one of the nine cards belonging to both groups) he has achieved a ZERO. He immediately reveals his cards and announces "ZERO". This concludes the round, and all hands are scored immediately.
The Next Round
After recording the points for each player, all cards are reshuffled to start the next round. Play as many rounds as there are players in the game.
The player with the least points overall is the winner.
© 1998 by Berliner Spielkarten
© 1999, Reiner Knizia, D-89257 Illertissen, Germany.
English Translation: © 1999, Reiner Knizia and Kevin Jacklin.
Version 1.0, 4th April 1999
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