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Play the Ranks Level 1-2

Cards Used: GeoPlunge cards. Shuffle the cards before the game begins and after each state ranking battle.

Players: Two teams with 1, 2, or 3 players per team

Objective: This game is a series of state ranking battles. For each state ranking battle, whichever team wins the most “tricks” wins the battle. A “trick” consists of two cards, one from each team. A team earns 2 points for winning a state ranking battle, and in Level 2 it also has the opportunity to earn a bonus point (i.e., a third point) as described in those rules. Teams receive 1 point each for a tie. Continue playing state ranking battles, one at a time, until one team wins the game. For Level 1, a team needs 10 points to win the game. For Level 2, a team needs 15 points to win.

Level 1:

For each state ranking battle:

Step 1: Deal 9 GeoPlunge cards to each team face-down. After looking at its cards, each team discards 1 card from its hand, face-down, so that each team has 8 cards. Then, to determine which team will play the first card for the first trick, turn face-up the 2 discarded cards. Whichever team’s discarded card has a statehood ranking closer to 1 is the lead team (i.e., the team that plays the first card) for the first trick.

Step 2: The teams then play 8 tricks, one at a time. Whichever team wins a trick becomes the lead team for the next trick.

  • For each trick, the lead team plays one card face-up and announces both (1) the name of the state that it is playing, and (2) the ranking category of either size, statehood, or population that will be used for that trick. The other team then plays a card face-up. Whichever team plays the card that has the better ranking in the category chosen by the lead team wins the trick.
    • For the first four tricks, 1st is the best ranking, followed by 2nd, followed by 3rd, followed by 4th, etc, in the category chosen by the lead team.
    • For the last four tricks, 50th is the best ranking, followed by 49th, followed by 48th, followed by 47th, etc, in the category chosen by the lead team.

Examples: If for one of the first 4 tricks the lead team plays the New York card and announces “Population,” and the non-leading team plays the Colorado card, the lead team wins the trick because New York’s population ranking is closer to 1 than Colorado’s.

 

If for one of the last 4 tricks, the lead team plays the New Mexico card and announces “Statehood,” and the non-leading team plays the Alaska card, the non-leading team wins the trick because Alaska’s statehood ranking is closer to 50 than New Mexico’s.

Determining Who Wins a State Ranking Battle: The first team to win 5 tricks wins a state ranking battle and earns 2 points. If both teams win 4 tricks, whichever team wins the last trick wins the state ranking battle and gets 2 points. If a team wins 5 tricks before all the tricks have been played, the state ranking battle ends early.

Level 2:

The rules for Level 2 are the same as for Level 1, with the following clarifications or exceptions:

  • Two things determine who wins each trick: (1) the base for the trick, which in this game is either 1 or 50, and (2) the state rankings of the cards played in the selected category. The selected category for a trick is either size, statehood, or population.
  • Playing the 8 tricks:
    • For each trick, the lead team decides which base and which category will be used for that trick. To do this, the lead team plays one card face-down and announces: (1) the name of the state that it is playing, (2) the base for that trick, which in this game is either 1 or 50, and (3) the category of either size, statehood, or population for that trick.
    • The other team then plays its card face-up. The lead team then turns the card it played face-up so the players can determine which team wins the trick. Whichever team plays the card that has the better ranking in the category chosen by the lead team wins the trick.
      • When the base for a trick is 1, the best ranking is 1st, followed by 2nd, followed by 3rd, followed by 4th, etc, in the category chosen by the lead team.
      • When the base for a trick is 50, the best ranking is 50th, followed by 49th, followed by 48th, followed by 47th, etc, in the category chosen by the lead team.

Examples: The lead team plays Georgia face-down, announces “Statehood” and a base of 1. It will win the trick unless the other team plays a card with a statehood ranking of 1, 2, or 3.

 

The lead team plays Maine face-down, announces “Population” and a base of 50. It will win the trick unless the other team plays a card with a population rank of 42 or higher.

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