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Socks is a card game that is simple to start, yet challenging to master.  It can be played with other people, or by oneself, competitively or cooperatively. 
 

The Socks cards

Each Socks card has up to six types of socks.  Here are some examples:


     

Goal: spot a match

A match consists of a set of three cards where all the socks are paired up.  The example above is not a set, since there are three purple socks, and the red and green socks don't have pairs. Here's an example of a match:

   
 

Basic game rules

Lay out twelve Socks cards, face up.  Whoever spots a match first, says "Match!" and lets the other players check.  If the three cards have all the socks in them paired up, then the spotter gets a point.  If some of the socks are not paired up, then the spotter loses a point.

If all the players agree that there isn't a match on the table, lay out three more cards face up.

Continue playing until the deck runs out.  Whoever has the most points wins.

House rules rule!

There are many alternative ways to play Socks.  Thus, house rules rule.  For example, you can:

  • Redefine a match to be any number of cards where all the socks are paired up, rather than just three cards.
  • Allow to rearrange the cards, with everyone's permission.
  • Once a match is found, shuffle the cards in; play for a goal 20 points.
 
 
 

 



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