Cards Used: GeoPlunge Map cards, Answer key. There is only one state in red on each Map card. Shuffle the cards before the game begins and after each race.
Players: Two teams with 1, 2, or 3 players per team
Objective: Dashing States™ is a series of races! For each race, each team tries to, as quickly as it can, determine the identity of the states in red on 6 of its 7 Map cards (or all 7 Map cards if it wants to try to earn a bonus point) so that it can sort those cards in the manner described below, and the first team to do so then announces the required information for those states as also described below . A team earns 2 points for winning a race, and it also has an opportunity to earn a bonus point (i.e., a third point) as described in these rules. Teams receive 1 point each when a race ends in a tie. A team needs 15 points to win the game.
For each race:
Step 1: Deal each team 7 Map cards face-down. Teams do NOT turn over or look at their cards until everyone at the same time says, “Ready, Set, GeoPlunge!”
Step 2: The teams then turn over their cards and the race begins. Each team tries to place 6 of its 7 states in order as described in the objective and then shout “GeoPlunge!” The unused card must be turned face-down before shouting GeoPlunge. However, if a team is seeking the bonus point it should place all 7 of its cards in the order as described in the objective before shouting GeoPlunge and in that instance it does not have an unused card.
Step 3:The first team to sort the Map cards it is using in order as described above, and then shout GeoPlunge, must then correctly announce the information described in the objective as follows:
Determining Who Wins a Race and Whether that Team Receives a Bonus Point: The first team to shout GeoPlunge wins the race and gets 2 points if it:
Otherwise, the other team wins the race and receives the 2 points. If the first team to shout GeoPlunge is also seeking the bonus point, it needs to do everything right with respect to all 7 of its Map cards. In that instance, if there is more than one player on that team, any player on that team is permitted to announce the required information for the seventh Map card. If that team does everything right, it wins that race and earns 3 points. If not, the other team wins that race and receives 2 points.
Level 4 is the same as Level 3, with the following exceptions:
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