Objective of Sequence Stacks
The objective of Sequence Stacks is to complete five Sequences before the other players.
- Choose a player to be the Dealer.
- If there are only two players remove the following cards:
- 1 Block card
- 2 Steal a Chip cards
- 1 Steal a Card card
- 1 Skip card
- Shuffle all of the cards and deal five cards to each player. Players can look at the cards that were dealt to them. They shouldn’t show the cards to the other players.
- Place the rest of the cards face down in the middle of the table. Leave room on both sides of the pile for two additional piles.
- Place the red and blue chips into separate piles in the middle of the table.
- The player to the left of the dealer starts the game. Turn order will proceed clockwise/left to start the game.
Playing Sequence Stacks
On your turn you will play cards from your hand in order to try and complete Sequences. A Sequence is formed when a pile of cards is created featuring five cards played in numerical order starting with one.
To start a Sequence pile you must play a one card or a wild card. Players may only have two Sequence piles of each color at a time.
On your turn you can play as many or as few cards as you want to the Sequence piles on the table. Each card you play must be one higher than the top card on the pile you play it to. It also has to match the pile’s color. You can play cards from your hand, or the top card from your personal discard pile.
Wild cards can act as any number. You can only play them to piles that match their color though.
If you play a card from your discard pile, you can then play the discard pile card that was just revealed.
Should you be able to play all five cards from your hand (this does not include the card you discard at the end of your turn), you get to immediately draw five more cards. You can then continue your turn by playing any of these cards from your hand or discard pile.
Discarding A Card
After you have finished playing cards, you will choose one card from your hand to discard. You will discard this card face up in front of yourself to form your own discard pile. On future turns you will discard your card on top of any other previously discarded cards.
After discarding a card, you will draw new cards until you have five cards left in your hand. If you fail to draw cards, you will have less cards until the next round.
Cards of Sequence Stacks
Most cards you can only play on your own turn. The one exception is the Block card which you can play on other players’ turns.
When you play a special card (any card that is not a number card), you will take a special action. You will then add the card to the pile where you set aside all of the completed Sequences. Playing a special card does not end your turn.
Number cards have no special ability. You can only play them on top of a Sequence pile if they are one number higher than the last played card and they match the color of the pile.
The next player in turn order loses their next turn.
The direction of play reverses. If play was moving clockwise/left, it will now move counter-clockwise/right. If play was moving counter-clockwise, it will now move clockwise.
Wild cards can be played as any number card. The color of the Wild must match the pile that you are playing it to though.
Steal a Card
Choose another player. You may either steal the top card from their personal discard pile or from their hand.
Steal a Chip
Choose another player. You can steal a chip from them. You cannot use this ability to win the game.
A Block card can be played at any time. When you play the Block card, you will prevent a player from completing a Sequence. Once a player plays a five card on a Sequence pile, you can play the Block card. The player that completed the Sequence does not receive a chip for completing the Sequence. The Sequence pile is still discarded though.
Completing A Sequence
Whenever you play a five on a Sequence pile, you complete that Sequence. All of the cards in the pile are set aside into a discard pile. You will then take a chip corresponding to the color of the Sequence that you completed.
If the draw pile ever runs out of cards, you will shuffle the cards set aside from completed Sequences.
Winning Sequence Stacks
In order to win Sequence Stacks you need to acquire five chips from completing Sequences or stealing them from other players. Of those five chips at least two need to be red and two need to be blue.
The first player to get five chips that meet these requirements, wins the game.
Sequence Stacks FAQs
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Sequence Stacks Components
- 120 cards
- 20 blue chips
- 20 red chips
Year: 2021 | Publisher: Goliath
Genres: Card, Family
Ages: 7+ | Number of Players: 2-6 | Length of Game: 10-30 minutes
Difficulty: Light | Strategy: Light | Luck: Moderate-High
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