How to Play the Most Classic Games

Feeling a little bored? An easy way to add a little excitement and sharpen your mind is to play some of the most iconic games. Call up a few buddies, gather some food and drinks, and clear the table to make some space for the classics. Whether you’re into cards or board games, we’ve got the lowdown on four of the most popular options. If you’ve never played before, read on below to get a taste of what you’ve been missing.

How To Win Monopoly

Monopoly is one of the most popular board games of all-time. When you’re playing it as a kid, you have hopes and reams of aspiring to that as an adult. As you grow up, you realize that owning just one piece of property can be a challenge – let alone a whole portfolio.


Monopoly is a board game that consists of different streets on the board. You can play with two or more players and the goal is to accumulate wealth. To do so, you start off with a bit of money, roll the dice and move around the board. As you land on different streets, you can choose to buy them or not. If you buy something like Baltic or Boardwalk, then you own them. That means that anytime someone lands on your square where you own that property, you can collect rent from them. The more properties you own, the more rent you can collect. 

There are streets of different value in the game – as there is in real life – and there are dynamics like adding houses and hotels on those streets. As you do so, the value of the street goes up as does the amount of rent you can charge. Eventually one player ends up dominating the rest and building up a monopoly. By doing so, you essentially bankrupt your opponents into submission. Make shrewd financial decisions and you’ll win!

How To Play Go Fish

Go Fish is a classic as it’s one of the first card games people learn. Many kids play because it’s in fact that easy. 

You can play this game with two or more players. To start, if there are two players, each player gets dealt five cards. If you’re playing with three or more players, then each player gets dealt seven cards. The remaining cards are put in a stack in the middle of the table.

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The main goal of this game is to collect four-of-a-kinds. How it works is the player left of the dealer goes first. He’s going to ask the player across from him if he has a certain card. For example: “do you have any Queens?”. Two things have to happen in that scenario: for one, if you’re asking, you have to have at least one Queen. Secondly, if the player you are asking has any queens, they have to give them to you. Now if they don’t have the card that you’ve asked for, then you Go Fish and draw a card from the deck.

The key is to make four-of-a-kinds. As the deck dwindles down to empty, it’s at that point that everything is counted up. The player with the most four-of-a-kinds wins. It’s as simple as that.

How To Play Cheat

If you ever did summer camp as a kid, you’ve probably played the card game Cheat – or something similar to it. It’s a really simple game as all you need is a group of people and a deck of cards. The premise of the game is merely trying to determine who is bluffing and who is telling the truth.

“Cheat”, which is also referred to as “I Doubt It”, puts your poker face skills to the test. Whoever is the best at misleading the others is the one that typically wins the game. If you’re not able to mask your emotions (and therefore, cards), then you’re likely to lose.

To start, you’ll need at least three people to play this game. Once you have your trio, quartet or more, deal all of the cards out evenly. Everyone gets the exact same number of cards to start with. If there are any leftover cards, put them face down in a pile in the center. This will be your discard pile.


The person left of the dealer goes first and then you work your way around the circle. You start with Aces and then move up to 2’s, 3’s, 4’s and so on. The first place has to discard and Ace – at least once – and if they have them, then it’s easy. They put them face down in the middle of the table in the discard pile and say “two Aces”. Now here’s the rub: if you don’t actually have Aces, then you have to bluff. If you can bluff and get rid of multiple cards – even if they are not the right ones – then that’s how you get ahead of your opponents.

However, if someone doesn’t believe you’re putting down what you say you are, they yell “Cheat”. At that point, the cards are flipped and the truth comes out. If you were honest, then whoever called you out has to pick up the entire discard pile and add it to their hand. If they accurately called you out, the discard pile becomes your burden. As you can see, the key to this game is walking that fine line of being honest and bluffing, and knowing when to call out your opponents.

The winner is the first player to get rid of all of their cards. The game can drag on, though, because if you’re bluffing on that last card, you might end up picking up a huge pile and starting the long trek all over again.

How To Play Go

Go is a popular game for travelers as it’s easy to pack, easy to setup and easy to explain – no matter what part of the world you’re in.

This two-player game takes place on a 19×19 grid where white and black stones will be laid out. Each turn, one player puts out either a white stone (one player) or a black stone (the other player) in one of the intersectional areas of the board (where the lines meet). The other option is to pass your turn and hand your opponent a stone. However, pass twice and the game ends.  

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The goal is to dominate the board with your stones – be it white or black. If you can encircle your opponent, meaning their stone is trapped and surrounded by stones of your color, you remove their stones off the board and they become your prisoner. The goal is to create strings and groups of the same color, and dominate the board. At the end of the game, you’ll tally up all of the prisoners you’ve collected and earn a point, and you’ll earn points for each vacant intersection in an area you control. Whoever has the most, wins.

If it sounds a bit confusing, it’s really not. It’s quite similar to another popular game – Othello – but it’s also got a bit of Risk mixed in. Once you play it once or twice, you’ll get the hang of it.

Dave Golokhov

Dave Golokhov

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