Goal – learn to play with

By: Dennis B. B. Taylor


Hey there! I’m excited to tell you about this awesome game called Goal! It was created by the talented board game designer Reiner Knizia. If you haven’t heard of him, he’s known for making lots of great games. And Goal! is no exception!

The objective of Goal! is to score a goal by getting the chip into your opponent’s goal. It’s a really fun game that’s easy to understand and play.

Now, let’s talk about what you’ll need to play this exciting game. First, you’ll need a standard deck of 52 playing cards. You know, the kind with hearts, diamonds, clubs, and spades. You’ll also need a game board, which is super easy to make. All you need is a piece of paper and something to draw with. Lastly, you’ll need a chip or a token to represent the ball. Easy peasy!

Check out the picture below to see what the game board looks like:

Get Ready

First things first, let’s get your cards ready for this game. We need to separate all the hearts and spades from the deck. We won’t be using the other cards, so put them aside for now. Now, one player gets all the hearts, and the other player gets the spades. Each of you should have thirteen cards in your hand. Are you all set? Great! Now let’s place the game board in a way that you’re facing your own goal. Oh, and don’t forget to put the chip on the starting spot right in the middle of the board.

Time to Play

Alright, folks, here’s how this game goes down. We’re gonna have two rounds in this bad boy. In each round, we gotta choose one card at a time from our hand and play it at the same time. The player with the highest ranked card gets to move the chip one step closer to their opponent’s goal. And listen up, those cards get discarded after we play ’em. No hoarding, okay? If we end up with a tie, the chip ain’t movin’ an inch. Stuck in limbo, you feel me?

Now, here’s the juicy part. If one of us manages to slide that chip all the way into our opponent’s goal, bam! We score a point. The chip goes back to its starting spot, and we dive right back into the round. We keep this dance going until we’ve gone through all thirteen cards. It’s gonna be a wild ride, I promise ya.

Once we’ve played all our thirteen cards, that round is a wrap. Time to hit the reset button. We put the chip back where it belongs, we grab those cards back up, and we do it all over again. ‘Cause once just ain’t enough, my friends.


I want to tell you about a really cool game. It’s called cards. The cards in this game have different ranks. They go from 2, which is the lowest rank, all the way up to King, which is the highest rank. Now, here’s something interesting. Aces are even higher than the face cards like King, Queen, and Jack, but they’re lower than the numbered cards. So, you see, an Ace can beat a King, but it can’t beat a 5.


Now, let me tell you how to win this game. The player who has the highest score at the end of the second round wins. But hey, sometimes we have a tie, right? Well, no worries! In that case, we just keep playing until someone scores. And guess what? The first person to score is the big winner! So, keep trying, and you could be the one!

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