How To Play Tuck Board Game


Tuck Board Game is one of the oldest and most popular family board games. It was originally invented by an English man named H.C. White in the 19th century. Since then, it has become an iconic game that is played around the world with numerous editions over the years. The main goal of Tuck Board Game is to accumulate as much money by answering creative questions as you can before any other player disposes of their tokens.

The game starts with each player receiving 15 dollars and three tokens: one each of black, white, and red color. Players take turns spinning the spinner on the game board which reveals various colored bonuses, or penalties associated with those colors. Depending on where the spinner stops at and what colored bonuses were revealed, players get a chance to acquire valuable tokens by answering different questions posed by other players in order to create a interconnected web of wealth that they can win if they dispose their three tokens before anyone else does so successfully.

Players also have multiple opportunities throughout gameplay to roll special green Yahtzee die which can give them additional advantages like player immunity amongst others. At the end of each round, all players count up their money and tokens with whoever having the highest amount being declared as winner for that given round. The game ends when all tokens have been disposed off successfully or when one player declares themselves a winner before any other has done so .

Getting Started

Tuck is a board game designed for 2 to 5 players, ages 8 and up. The mechanics of the game involve rotating your player piece around the circular board while answering questions and collecting points. As you move around, you’ll draw cards with questions on them or have to perform physical tasks (such as spinning, hopping, etc). You’ll need to collect coins as you travel which will allow you to purchase items or gain access to certain spaces. The goal of the game is to collect all of the treasure cards before you reach your destination, thereby acquiring the most points possible.

Before beginning, ensure that each player has their own character and correctly identifies which character they want represented in the game. Separate out all of the pieces such as coins and treasure cards. With any version of Tuck, it’s important that one specific person is chosen as “the banker” – this role should be appointed prior to starting and remains through until the end of each round played.

Players must also decide which type of questions they’d like to use for game play – for example: General Knowledge, Pop Culture & Music or Science & Nature – although this changes from version to version; so be sure everyone agrees on what type prior beginning. Additionally, be sure that each player understands how many coins they start with (generally 3-5) and where their “home” space is on the board so they understand where they have or have not been when their turn comes back around. Lastly, agree upon who goes first and let the playing begin!

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Basic Gameplay

Tuck is a board game for two players, designed by Phil Eklund. The game can be played in roughly 25 minutes and is recommended for ages 8 and up.

Objective: The objective of Tuck is to be the first player to move your eight colored marbles from your starting corner to the middle goal space.

Setup: To start the game, each player chooses one of two colors and takes that set of eight marbles. Each color also has its own unique tuck board, a special tool used as part of gameplay. Arrange the playing area using both tuck boards by placing them on top of each other so that they form a full 8×8 square board with 64 small squares. Place one marble on each of the 8 squares located in your corner (the corner marked with an arrow on the tuck board).

Movement & Goals: On their turn, each player moves one marble one space orthogonally or diagonally but not both at once. Players cannot move their marbles over other pieces or onto corners occupied by either player’s marbles. A player may pass one turn during the game and after this decision cannot ‘un-pass’ it during future turns. A goal is scored when a player places four of their marbles onto four singly-connected points in the goal location at the center of the board (see diagram).


– – – – -G- – –
– – -G # # # #
# # # # G G G G
# # # G X X X X ^ Arrows Indicate Goal Location ^
X X X G M M M M / / / / / Marbles marked “M”


Special Rules: There are several additional special rules that may apply during gameplay depending on certain situations. These include bearing off, reclaiming goals, battles, draws and side swaps rules which are discussed separately.

Winning Conditions & Endgame : If a player successfully moves all their 4 marbles into any of the 4 goal spaces then they win immediately and declare themselves as victor! Otherwise, play continues until either there are no longer legal moves left for either pawn or all eight moved pieces have been placed correctly in four adjacent slots surrounding the central ‘star’ shapes ” whichever comes first marks endgame conditions and determine who wins based on how many goals were achieved during the match.


One of the most important strategies when playing Tuck is to maximize your points. This can be done by placing your pieces into (in descending order) a bucket, a double bucket, and then a tuck. Placing your pieces in this order helps keep opponents from getting to higher point buckets or tucks.

Another strategy for gaining points is to block your opponents’ moves that might enable them to score more than you. For example, if one of your opponents has three chips in the same flicker column and it looks like they are about to get a score from it, you can move one of your own chips over two spaces diagonally in front of theirs, preventing them from getting the higher-scoring piece.

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Finally, even though there’s some luck involved with throwing the dice before each turn, planning out three or four turns ahead will also give you an advantage over other players. Try to look for ways and connections that you can use on the board – for example, looking for opportunities where you can reach a tuck using two separate pieces, or connecting both ends of one flicker row with your pieces.

Challenges and Variations

One popular variation of Tuck Board Game is to have an elimination round at the end. This can be achieved by every player adding up their points after each turn and then having the player with the lowest score eliminated. Another option is to give players a limited number of lives, say three or five, so that if they lose all their lives, they are out of the game.

Other variations include a speed limit on how long each person has to make their move and point bonuses for efficient and effective play. For example, two extra points could be rewarded for completing a tuck in two rounds, or one extra point for completing it in three rounds. Other variations may include limiting the maximum pieces per tuck; creating special rules based on challenging scenarios; or playing co-op version with players working together to complete tucks as a team. Variations can also give bonus points for certain types of pieces used or create an “offense-defense mode” where some pieces will require additional effort to execute their movement both defending against opponents and attacking them.


Now that you know how to play Tuck Board Game, you can have an exciting time competing with your friends or family and laughing along the way. You may even find yourself playing Tuck Board Game more often than you thought! If you would like to take your game play to the next level, there are a variety of resources and competitions around the world that feature Tuck Board Games. For instance, the World Championship of Tuck Board Game is held annually in Midland, Texas and features some of the world’s leading players. Additionally, there are active online resources for players interested in learning more about the game and competing with others in tournaments or friendly games. No matter what level of competition you’re looking for, there’s always something new waiting for you in this classic board game!

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