Hey –

It’s been a long time since I blogged, as I’ve been very busy with life, family, work – and the house!  I have some great stories that I want to share with everyone about that (yes, Paul – lawn care stories even).  But I mentioned the following to someone (who found it interesting), and wanted to document this before I forgot.

My family loves games – all kinds of games.  Board games, card games, computer games, indoor and outdoor games.  We have a lot of fun!  But with some – as much as we love them – they get a little old after a while.  What do we do about this?

We modify the rules or create new rules of our own!

Now, this isn’t all that unusual; I know others do this as well – but we’ve done this quite a bit with a variety of games, and I thought I’d share one of my favorites: Phase 10

This is a great card game that my family still adores.  But seriously – only 10 phases?  That doesn’t last very long if you’re playing at a decent pace.  So a few years ago, we sat down and drafted up another 10 phases (we have a few more beyond that, but not a full set yet – you’ll have to wait for those).

Anyway – the classic game has the following 10 “phases”:

  1. 2 sets of 3
  2. 1 set of 3 + 1 run of 4
  3. 1 set of 4 + 1 run of 4
  4. 1 run of 7
  5. 1 run of 8
  6. 1 run of 9
  7. 2 sets of 4
  8. 7 cards of one color
  9. 1 set of 5 + 1 set of 2
  10. 1 set of 5 + 1 set of 3

And my family now offers you the joy of playing the next 10 phases of:

11. Run of 5 and set of 5
12. Run of 6 of same color and set of 3
13. Run of odd OR even of 6 and set of 4
14. Run of 9 of same color
15. Run of 10 alternating 2 colors
16. Run of 4 and 2 sets of 3 (both sets all different colors)
17. Set of 4 and run of 4 (both all 4 colors)
18. 2 runs of 5, each a single color
19. 2 sets of 4:  one set – no wilds; one set – all wilds
20. Run of 10 all one color (no wilds)

11.  Run of 5 and set of 5
12.  Run of 6 of same color and set of 3
13.  Run of odd OR even of 6 and set of 4
14.  Run of 9 of same color
15.  Run of 10 alternating 2 colors
16.  Run of 4 and 2 sets of 3 (both sets all different colors)
17.  Set of 4 and run of 4 (both all 4 colors)
18.  2 runs of 5, each a single color
19.  2 sets of 4:  one set – no wilds
one set – all wilds
20.  Run of 10 all one color (no wilds)

If you enjoy this game as well – we hope you enjoy the extra fun 🙂

Nathan.

One thought on “Phase 10 … no, Phase 20!

  1. Ha, I just realized this was based on the convo we had a while ago! I now have a place online where I can find these phases… must try these out at my next card party! 🙂

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