Kings Cribbage: Royal Edition
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Cribbage players and beginners to the game will both enjoy Kings Cribbage. Kings Cribbage features play that captivates newcomers and tournament pros alike!
I came across this game completely accidently whilst looking for a cribbage board as a gift. I immediately sent off for 2 games from Canada thinking it might be an interesting variation on cribbage, which I have played since I was knee-high to a grasshopper.
Now I am hooked!!! Anybody who says there is little or no strategic play is obviously not playing it to its full potential! Scrabble is limited to 'knowing' a certain number of words ... with Kings Cribbage you really have to THINK, weigh up the possibilities, probabilities and take the odd risk now and then!
Buy it ... you'll rarely play cribbage or scrabble again!
Lots of fun for Cribbage Players. Its been in constant since Christmas.
One hint for players. We added stickers to emulate double and triple hand scores (like in Scrabble). It adds another layer of strategy.
For masters, try this. Consider any flush as
a 'dead hand' Then you can play tiles off of
a flush hand. If you specify the new tiles must be
of a different color than the flush, you can easily count new hands even if they interact with
If you like Cribbage like I do, you'll have lots of fun with this one. Probably not for non-cribbage players though. Some relatives I have in Canada were raving about it, so they sent me one to play. I hope to meet up with them soon so I can whip them at their own game! Plenty of strategy (similar to Scrabble's game play), and the rotating board is great. Best new game I've played since...cribbage!
This is the kind of game you can play after work as a nice diversion. I agree completely with a previous reviewer that the strategic, defensive element is lacking, and you must focus more on optimizing your placement of tiles within a wide range of options. Overall it's a fun combination of [page scan/se=0050/sf=category/fi=stockall.asc/ml=20]Scrabble and Crib--but don't expect a lot of strategy.
Kings Cribbage is a very interesting game to play. You place tiles on the board in order to create 'hands' of two to five tiles to score points. However, every tile you place must create points on the board in a valid cribbage hand, even the ones you overlap.
Some of the strategy of cribbage mixes with the strategy of Scrabble to make an interesting time if you are very good at both.
People who aren't too familiar with cribbage might have a tough time of playing considering they don't know what hands are points-laden and the rules don't really key you in on everything that are valid points. Scoring will also be a problem, as novices of cribbage tend to miss points frequently when counting hands.
Overall I enjoyed this game and would recommend it to others.
I picked up this game because my wife and I love both [page scan/se=0050/sf=category/fi=stockall.asc/ml=20]Scrabble and [page scan/se=0151/sf=category/fi=stockall.asc/ml=20]Cribbage, and this seemed like the perfect combination.
Just so you understand where we are coming from, we are beginner-level cribbage players, and intermediate-level Scrabble players. My wife, who is not a native English speaker, has to resort to using a lot of great Scrabble strategy (playing tiles adjacent to words to form 3 or more other words, etc.) to increase her score. You will see why this is relevent in a little bit.
First, a word about what is in the Kings Cribbage box. The tiles are wood, and have a good, quality feel and finish similar to Scrabble tiles. The game also includes 4 wooden tile holders, which are similar to the holders used for Scrabble. A black bag (nylon?) with a velcro closure holds the tiles. The game board itself is made of plastic, and like the Scrabble Deluxe set and the Scrabble Travel set, the board has small, short, raised boxes for the tiles to fit into (bumping the board will not destroy the current game!). There is also a small rectangular protrusion at the bottom center of the game board that will allow the board to rotate if placed on a flat, hard surface.
OK, so you are thinking this game has the strategy of Scrabble with the scoring of cribbage, right? Well, no. After playing through this game twice, we noticed a couple of things that prevent this game from being a classic. First off, the problem is not with the execution. The game designer did an admirable job combining some of the fun of Scrabble with the scoring of cribbage. The problem is with the whole concept of using numbers instead of letters.
The difference between good Scrabble players and great Scrabble players is the ability to strategically play tiles yielding the highest point return, while leaving little place for your opponent to build off of. For example, if you have a 'Q' tile, and you notice there are no more 'U' tiles left in the game, you know you can play that 'Q' tile near a triple word score space, and your opponent will never be able to build off it. However, with Kings Cribbage, all bets are off, because it is extremely easy to score. Why? Tiles (or lack of them)!
Scrabble has 27 unique types of tiles (from A-Z plus a blank). In addition, you are limited by the boundaries of the English language. For example, there are almost no 'Q' words without an accompaning 'U'. 'X' and 'J' are rarely used letters, etc.
Kings Cribbage, on the other hand, has 12 unique types of tiles (A, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6/9, 7, 8, 10, J, Q, K). But really, since J, Q, K are worth 10, and 6 and 9 are interchangable, there are only 10 unique types of tiles. Also, since scoring is based on cribbage, you need merely form 15, or make a run of 3 numbers in a row to have a play. In this simple difference of numbers lies the greatest fault of this game: it is simply too easy to score and 'build off of' your opponent's tiles!
To be sure, there is a rule: you are not allowed to exceed 5 tiles played in a row. However, this does little to prevent some outrageous plays and high scores.
To give you an example, during the course of a game, my wife and I managed to play and make a SOLID block grid, 5 tiles long by 5 tiles wide (25 tiles in all), consisting of 10 valid cribbage hands. Oh yes--that was in our second game, and it wasn't even really on purpose! In Scrabble, that is nearly impossible.
This ease of placement also has another effect. Have you ever (while playing Scrabble) had that beautiful seven letter word? You have it in your rack, and there is ONE place to play it on the gameboard until someone... blocks it! You know the kind of situation that makes you suddenly roll off your chair, claw at the air, turn red in the face, etc? Well, have no fears, Kings Cribbage players. There IS a place to play your masterpiece. In fact, I would dare say that you will be able to play SEVERAL 'all tile' plays during the course of your game.
My wife and I managed to play all the tiles in our hands a total of 6 times during one game. All because there are too few tile types, and too many repeating tiles. It is just soooo easy to make valid cribbage hands.
How does this affect game play? Well, instead of trying to tactically play tiles to garner the highest score WHILE effectively blocking your opponent from doing the same, you are instead just trying to find the play that will yield you the most points. It is a subtle difference, but speaks volumes on the longevity and pleasure you will get out of the game.
To be sure, Kings Cribbage is fun. When you make your OWN grid of 25 tiles, you will feel some satisfaction. However, instead of feeling like you really beat your opponent by guile, you will instead feel like you only outscored him/her.
Is it worth your hard-earned gaming dollar? Yes, if the limited depth is satisfactory to you. Also, if you like Scrabble game play, but your partner (or you!) are lacking English skills, Kings Cribbage is an excellent 'neutral' playing ground where all of you can play without the handicap of being a non-native speaker.
Since my wife and I fall into that second group, we are satisfied; but being hard-core Scrabble strategists, we are left feeling just a little bit disappointed.
This game bears obvious similiarity to Scrabble. The general gameplay is similar; players taking turns to score points by laying new tiles or adding to existing ones. However, the difference is that players score points by forming numeric combinations, not words.
Players earn points in the same way that points are scored in the game of Crib (tiles that add up to 15, runs or sets). A maximum of five tiles can be laid in one line.
As a casual Crib player, the rules were easy to learn but the gameplay took time to get used to. This is likely because you can build on other players points much more than in Crib (I found this to be an important way to earn points).
This is a very interesting game and a nice change from my regulars (Tikal, El Grande and Caesar and Cleopatra). Serious crib players will find that the strategy isn't as deep as Crib but will enjoy it as a change.
This game's 104 attractive maple tiles come in two colors and are either numbered (2 to 10) or designated jack, queen, king, or ace. Points are scored by placing them on the 13 x 13 board to form cribbage combinations: totals of 15, two to five of a kind, and runs of three to five. You can earn bonuses by using all the tiles on your rack or by completing lines with five of the same color. This delightful and challenging innovation is a bit like playing Scrabble with cards instead of tiles. Its appeal will extend to both experienced cribbage enthusiasts and players seeking an enjoyable education in the calculations required in the card game.