Hello there, dear reader! Are you looking for a fun and exciting board game to play with your friends and family? Look no further than “Sorry!” This classic board game has been a household favorite for decades, and for good reason. It’s easy to learn, fast-paced, and provides hours of entertainment. In this article, we’ll give you a step-by-step guide on how to play Sorry, so you can start enjoying this beloved game with your loved ones.
First things first, you’ll need to gather your game board, Sorry pieces, and a deck of Sorry cards. The game board is a square with a cross-shaped path around the perimeter. Each corner of the board has a colored circle, which indicates where each player will start. The Sorry pieces are plastic pawns in four different colors. The deck of cards consists of four sets of cards numbered 1-12, plus a few special cards.
The objective of Sorry is to be the first player to move all four of your pawns from your starting circle to your home circle, which is located at the end of your colored path on the board. The first player to do so wins!
Sorry is played with 2-4 players. To determine who goes first, each player draws a card from the deck. The player with the highest card goes first, and play continues clockwise. Each player starts with four pawns in their starting circle.
On your turn, you’ll draw a card from the deck and follow the instructions on the card. Each card will tell you how many spaces to move one of your pawns. For example, if you draw a “4” card, you can move one of your pawns four spaces along the path. If you draw a “Sorry” card, you can choose to move one of your pawns from your starting circle to your opponent’s starting circle, bumping their pawn back to their own starting circle.
If you land on a space occupied by an opponent’s pawn, you can “bump” their pawn back to their starting circle, and take their place on the board. If you land on a space with a colored square, you can “slide” to the next space of that color, even if it means passing over other pawns.
If you draw a card that you can’t use, you must discard it and end your turn.
As mentioned earlier, the deck of Sorry cards includes a few special cards:
- “Sorry” card: Move one of your pawns from your starting circle to your opponent’s starting circle, bumping their pawn back to their own starting circle.
- “1” card: Move one of your pawns one space forward, and then draw again.
- “2” card: Move one of your pawns two spaces forward, and then draw again.
- “10” card: Move one of your pawns backwards ten spaces.
- “11” card: Move one of your pawns eleven spaces forward, or switch places with one of your opponent’s pawns.
- “12” card: Move one of your pawns twelve spaces forward, or split the twelve spaces between two of your pawns.
Winning the Game
The first player to move all four of their pawns from their starting circle to their home circle wins the game! It’s important to note that you must land exactly on the last space of your colored path in order to enter your home circle. If you overshoot the last space, you’ll need to move backwards until you can enter your home circle on your next turn.
Tips for Success
Now that you know how to play Sorry, here are some tips to help you win:
- Take advantage of the “Sorry” card to bump your opponents back to their starting circle and gain an advantage.
- Be strategic about which pawns you move. Sometimes it’s better to move one pawn closer to the end than it is to move two pawns a shorter distance.
- Try to occupy spaces that other players will need to pass through in order to reach their home circle.
- Be mindful of your opponents’ pawns and try to block their path when possible.
Congratulations! You now know how to play Sorry, one of the most beloved board games of all time. Remember to gather your game board, Sorry pieces, and deck of Sorry cards, and have fun with your friends and family. With a little bit of strategy and a lot of luck, you’ll be the first player to move all four of your pawns to your home circle in no time!
Thank you for reading, and see you in our next article!