Cards: The cards used in Combo 4:
Format: A Combo 4 tournament is played a round at a time, and participating teams should have 3 players. Teams rotate after each round so that they play a different team in the next round. In each round, each team plays another team in a head-to-head match. Each match lasts 20 minutes. A match is played a game at a time until the match ends. The games the teams may play are listed on the next page. For any match, the winner is the team that wins the most points. A match ends in a tie if both teams win the same number of points.
Call or All™ Matches: During each odd number round, teams play an “All” match and during each even number round teams play a “Call” match. An All match is played a game at a time in the order listed below, and after all 5 games have been played during an All match, play continues from Game 5 back to Game 1, and then Game 2, etc., until the round ends. Similarly, in a Call match, the teams rotate the games they play in the same order until the round ends. However, during a Call match, only some of the games are played in the rotation. Prior to a Call match, each team chooses which 2 games it wants to play during the rotation. Therefore, during a Call match the teams will rotate between playing either 2 games if they both choose the same 2 games to play; 3 games if only some of their game selections overlap, or 4 games if they each choose completely different games to play. For example, if one team wants to play Games 3 and 5, and the other team wants to play Games 2 and 3, the teams will play Game 2, then Game 3, then Game 5, then Game 2 again, then Game 3 again, and then Game 5 again, etc. until the match ends. During a Call match, neither team should know what games the other team has chosen until both teams make their selection.
Games: A match lasts 20 minutes (i.e., until the round ends)
Shuffling the Cards: Shuffle the decks between matches. In addition,
GeoPlunge Card Clarifications: On each GeoPlunge card, the acronym “PATOS” means the “President At Time Of Statehood” for that state. In addition, the color-coded border at the top of each GeoPlunge card indicates the time zone for that state. Where a state is in more than one time zone, the second time zone is represented by a circle in the appropriate color on the top right corner of the card.
Scoring: Scoring is the same for each game.
GeoPlunging does not impact the play of the game and is similar to raising the stakes in a game of poker; a team, by GeoPlunging, is simply increasing the amount of points the winning team will receive for that game. For each game, each team decides if it wants to GeoPlunge for that game. That happens in the following manner: At the time specified in the game rules, the dealer will simultaneously ask the teams, “Are you GeoPlunging?TM” and then slowly count to 5. For a team to indicate that it is GeoPlunging, the person closest to the dealer must be standing by the time the dealer reaches 5.
Example of point totals: If a winning team for a game earns the Bonus Points and both teams are GeoPlunging, it receives 40 points for that game.
Cards Used: GeoPlunge cards
Objective: This game is a race! Each team tries to find winning groups of cards, and sort them in the proper order, as fast as it can. The border states of each state determine the winning groups and how to sort them, as described below.
Step 1: Determine which teams are GeoPlunging for this game (see description in the overview). Then deal each team 21 GeoPlunge cards face-down. Teams do NOT turn over or look at their cards until the dealer says, “Ready, Set, GeoPlunge!”
Step 2: The teams then turn over their cards and the race begins. Each team tries to create 2 winning groups, or 3 winning groups if it wants to earn the Bonus Points, from the cards it was dealt. The winning groups of cards consist of either: 1) two groups of 4 cards, or 2) one group of 5 cards and one group of 3 cards. For a team seeking the Bonus Points, the third winning group consists of 3 cards. For a group to be a winning group there must be two “end states” in which you could travel from one of those states to the other by traveling once through portions of every other state in the group, but you would not need to travel through any state that is not in the group. That is, you could draw a line from one end state to the other, which line would cross portions of every other state in the group once, but would not cross any state that is not in the group. See examples below.
Teams must also properly sort the cards for each winning group in the order described above, i.e. the end states on the ends, and each other state sandwiched between two states that border it. A team cannot use the same card in more than one group.
Step 3: A team shouts “GeoPlunge” as soon as it creates 2 properly sorted winning groups, except that if it is trying to earn the Bonus Points, it should wait until it creates 3 properly sorted winning groups, and then shout “ThreeOPlunge.”
Determining Who Wins and Whether that Team Receives the Bonus Points: If the first team to shout GeoPlunge or ThreeOPlunge immediately shows its winning groups of cards, which is 2 groups if it shouted GeoPlunge and 3 groups if it shouted ThreeOPlunge, and the cards are sorted in the proper order, it wins this game. If it shouted ThreeOPlunge it also receives the Bonus Points. However, if the shouting team does not immediately show its winning groups sorted in the proper order, the other team wins the game and receives the Bonus Points. If both teams shout at the same time, the game is a tie unless only one team immediately shows its winning groups sorted in the proper order, in which case that team also receives the Bonus Points.
Winning Groups of 5 and 3: GeoPlunge cards properly sorted
KS, MO, KY, WV, PA
MD, VA, NC
What this looks like on a map:
Additional examples of what winning groups of GeoPlunge cards could look like on a map:
Winning Groups of 5 and 3:
Winning Groups of 4 and 4:
Examples of what non-winning groups of 4 would look like on a map: A group of 4 GeoPlunge cards consisting of Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, and Arkansas would NOT work because, as shown on the map below, it is impossible to travel to all 4 selected states without going through Missouri twice.
A group of 4 GeoPlunge cards consisting of Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas and Texas also would not work because Texas does not border any of the other states (see map below).
Cards Used: GeoPlunge cards, Clue cards, Power cards, Cut-out card
Objective: Each team gets a total of 3 guesses. For each guess, a team is trying to guess the state of the card that is then in the other team’s hand.
Determining Who Guesses First: Each team picks a GeoPlunge card without looking at that card in advance. Whichever team’s card has a statehood ranking closer to 1 will be the first guessing team in this game.
Step 1: Deal each team 1 GeoPlunge card face-down. Each team looks at its card. Then determine which teams are GeoPlunging for this game (see description in the overview).
Step 2: The dealer then turns the top Power card in the deck face-up. Teams use the order of the letters A, B, and C in the upper right corner of that Power card to give clues from the Clue cards before each guess.
For example, if the Power card turned face-up has BAC in the upper right corner (see example on right) each guessing team will receive a Type B clue before its first guess, a Type A clue before its second guess, and a Type C clue before its third guess.
For Type A and B clues, there usually will be options for which clue is provided as described by the Clue card. If the clue-giving team is required to show its opponent the state flag, use the cut-out card to hide all of the information with the exception of the state flag.
Step 3: The first guessing team receives 3 total guesses. For each guess, it tries to guess the state of the GeoPlunge card that the other team then has in its hand.
For the first and second guess:
The dealer turns over a new Clue card before each guess. Used Clue cards are placed at the bottom of the deck.
Step 4: After the first guessing team’s turn is finished, the teams switch roles with the first guessing team then providing clues regarding the state that is in its hand. Use the same Power card for both teams. The second guessing team does not continue to guess once it has won or lost, except where it has already won but still has a chance to receive the Bonus Points.
Determining Who Wins and Whether that Team Receives the Bonus Points: Whichever team correctly guesses more states from the other team’s hand wins this game. The winning team receives the Bonus Points if it correctly guesses three different states from the other team’s hand. The game ends in a tie if neither team correctly guesses any states, or each team correctly guesses the same number of states from the other team’s hand.
Used: Map cards, Power cards
Objective: Dashing States™ is a series of races! Whichever team wins 2 races wins this game. During a race, each team tries to identify the states in red on 6 of its 7 Map cards so that it can sort those cards as quickly as it can, and the first team to do so then announces the required information, as described below. There is only one state in red on each Map card.
Step 1: Before the first race, determine which teams are GeoPlunging for this game (see description in the overview).
Step 2: For each race:
Step 2A: Players for each team stand up and turn around so that their backs are facing away from the game table. Deal each team 7 Map cards face-down. Teams do NOT turn over or look at their cards until the dealer says, “Ready, Set, GeoPlunge!”
Step 2B: The teams then turn around, 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.
Step 2C: Each member of the first team to shout GeoPlunge must then correctly identify the required information for 2 of the 6 map cards WITHOUT help from his/her teammates, as follows: the player on the left must identify the information for the 2 cards that are most to the left, the player in the middle must identify the information for the 2 cards in the middle, and the player on the right must identify the information for the 2 cards that are most to the right.
Determining Who Wins a Race: The first team to shout GeoPlunge wins if:
Otherwise, the other team wins the race. If both teams shout GeoPlunge at the same time, the race ends in a tie unless only one team successfully completes Step 2.
Step 3: After the first race is completed, start the second race by returning back to the beginning of Step 2. If neither team wins this game after the first 2 races, the teams have a third race (unless the first two races both ended in a tie, in which case this game ends in a tie). Do not shuffle the cards between races. The cards used in a race should not be used in any later race during this game.
Determining Who Wins this Game and Whether that Team Receives the Bonus Points: If one team wins the first two races, it wins this game and receives the Bonus Points. If the first two races end in a tie, the game ends in a tie. Otherwise, the teams have a third race. If that happens, the game ends in a tie unless a team won 2 of the 3 races.
Cards Used: GeoPlunge cards, Power cards
Determining Which Version to Play: There are three different versions that may be played as Game 4: Play the Ranks™ 1 (PTR1), Play the Ranks™ 2 (PTR2) or Play the Border Zap™ (PTB). Only one of the three versions is played when it’s time to play Game 4. To determine which version is then played, turn the top Power card face-up. Whichever version is named at the bottom of the card is played at that time. In the example, right, the teams would then play Play the RanksTM 2.
What is a Trick and Determining the Lead Team for the First Trick: Regardless of which version is played, the teams play one “trick” at a time until each team has played all of its GeoPlunge cards. Each trick consists of two GeoPlunge cards, one from each team. In PTR1 and PTR2, sometimes a Power card is also played on a trick. No card can be used in more than one trick. In this game, the lead team (i.e., the team that plays the first card) for the first trick is the team that just won Dashing StatesTM in an All match, or the most recent game the teams just played in a Call match. If that game was a tie, each team picks a GeoPlunge card without looking at it in advance and whichever team’s card has a statehood ranking closer to 1 is the lead team for the first trick.
Objective: Each team tries to win as many tricks as it can. Two things determine who wins each trick: (1) the base for the trick, which is either 1, 10, 20, 30, or 50, and (2) the state rankings of the cards played in the selected category. The selected category for a trick will be either size, statehood, or population.
Step 1: Deal 9 GeoPlunge cards and 2 Power cards to each team face-down. Each team may look at its cards.
Step 2: Turn the top Power cards in the deck face-up one at a time until three of them have different left corner numbers. Remove all of the other Power cards turned face-up so only those three remain. The team that is the lead team for the first trick then announces whether it wants to be the “Cards Team” or the “Call Team” for this game.
Step 3: The Call Team then removes one of the three Power cards from the table and announces which of the two remaining Power cards on the table will be the first Power card and which will be the second. The base for the first 4 tricks is the left corner number of the first Power card and the base for the last 4 tricks is the left corner number of the second Power card. In the example, right, the base for the first four tricks is 50, and the base for the last four tricks is 10.
Step 4: Deal the Cards Team additional GeoPlunge cards face-up. These are known as the “BUR cards” because they indicate the Best Unprotected Rankings for this game. The Cards Team receives 2 BUR cards unless the number of BUR cards was changed in Step 2 (i.e., changed to 3, 4, or 5 cards). Both teams look at all of the BUR cards on the table. The BUR cards identify what ranks are the Best Unprotected Rankings for this game with respect to the bases on the two Power cards on the table. See examples after Step 9 for clarification. The Cards Team then puts all of the BUR cards into its hand.
Step 5: The Call Team team discards 1 GeoPlunge card from its hand, face-down. The Cards Team discards all but 8 of its GeoPlunge cards from its hand, face-down. Each team should then have 8 GeoPlunge cards and 2 Power cards.
Step 6: The Call Team then declares whether it is “Pulling the Power.” If it is not, the Cards Team then declares whether it is “Pulling the Power.” If either team is Pulling the Power, both teams must then discard both of their Power cards so that neither team will play the game with any Power cards.
Step 7: Determine which teams are GeoPlunging for this game (see description in the overview).
Step 8: Turn the next Power card in the deck face-up. Whatever is listed in the Star Area of that card determines the “GeoStar” to be given by the lead team on each trick for this game. For example, if State Name is listed in the Star Area, the GeoStar is the name of the state played by the lead team. If, on the other hand, Postal Code is listed in the Star Area, the GeoStar is the postal code of the state played by the lead team. The possibilities for what may be listed in the Star Area are state name, capital, postal code, nickname, a specific top city, flower, or bird.
Step 9: The teams then play 8 tricks, one at a time. The team that wins a trick is the lead team for the next trick.
When the base for a trick is 10, 20, or 30, a team automatically loses the trick if it plays a GeoPlunge card that has a rank smaller than the base in the selected category. However, in the rare instance that both teams play a GeoPlunge card with a ranking smaller than the base in the selected category, the lead team wins the trick.
Clarifications and Exceptions:
Suppose the base for the first four tricks is 1 and the base for the last four tricks is 30.
Also suppose that the BUR cards are Florida and Virginia. Therefore, the BUR for the first four tricks is 3 because the ranking closest to 1 on the Florida and Virginia cards is Florida’s ranking of 3rd in population. The BUR for the last four tricks is 35 because the ranking closest to 30 but not less than 30 on the Florida and Virginia cards is Virginia’s ranking of 35th in size.
Determining Who Wins and Whether that Team Receives the Bonus Points: Whichever team wins at least 5 tricks wins this game. The winning team receives the Bonus Points if it wins 6 tricks. If both teams win 4 tricks and neither team Pulled the Power, whichever team wins the last trick wins this game. If both teams win 4 tricks, and one team Pulled the Power, the other team wins this game. Finally, if neither team Pulled the Power, and a team fails to play both of its Power cards during a game, it automatically loses the game.
Use the rules for Play the RanksTM 1, except:
Cards Used: GeoPlunge cards
Objective: Each team tries to win as many tricks as it can. For each trick, the border states of each state played or the number of borders of each state played determines who wins the trick, as described below.
Step 1: Deal 3 GeoPlunge cards face-down to each team. Each team may look at its cards. At the same time, each team trades one of its GeoPlunge cards with the other team. Teams may look at their 3 cards.
Step 2: Teams place their 3 cards on the table, face down, until Step 2 is completed. Deal 3 more GeoPlunge cards face down to each team. Teams may look at these 3 cards. At the same time, each team trades one of its GeoPlunge cards that it was just dealt with the other team.
Step 3: Each team may now look at all 6 GeoPlunge cards. Then deal 2 more GeoPlunge cards to each team, but deal these cards face-up. Each team then discards 2 GeoPlunge cards face-down so that each team has a total of 6 GeoPlunge cards.
Step 4: Determine which teams are GeoPlunging for this game (see description in the overview).
Step 5: The teams then play 6 tricks, one at a time, and whichever team wins a trick is the lead team for the next trick. For each trick, the lead team plays its card face-down and announces the name of the state it is playing on that trick. The other team then plays its card face-up. After both teams play a card, the lead team turns face-up the card it played so that the teams can determine who wins the trick.
Example: Team 1 plays Utah face-down. Team 2 plays Texas face-up. Team 2’s card “Zaps” Team 1’s card because New Mexico is a common border of both states. Therefore, Team 2 wins the trick.
Note: If one team wins the first 5 tricks, the game ends early.
Determining Who Wins and Whether that Team Receives the Bonus Points: Whichever team wins at least 4 tricks wins this game. If both teams win 3 tricks, whichever team wins the last trick wins this game. The winning team receives the Bonus Points if it wins 5 tricks.
Cards Used: Challenge cards, Power cards
Information about the Challenge Cards: Each Challenge card contains five questions and answers. Some questions require multiple answers for a correct answer. The questions are color coded and are referred to as the “red question”, “blue question”, etc.
Objective: Chummy Challenge™ is a series of challenges. During each challenge, the teams try to answer a question from a challenge card. Whichever team wins 2 challenges wins this game. If neither team wins this game after the first 2 challenges are played, the teams play a third challenge (unless the first two challenges both ended in a tie, in which case this game ends in a tie).
Step 1: Before the first challenge, determine which teams are GeoPlunging for this game (see description in the overview).
Step 2: For each challenge:
Step 2A: Each team identifies its GeoPlunger for that challenge by having that player sit closest to the dealer. A team must use a different GeoPlunger for each challenge.
Step 2B: The dealer then looks at the top Power card and Challenge card from each of those decks but does not show them to the teams. The Power card has one or two colored circles in the right center of the card, and those circles identify the color of the question that the dealer asks from the Challenge card. If there are two circles on the Power card, the dealer has two choices regarding which question to ask. For example, if the Power card has a blue and green circle, the dealer has the option of asking either the blue or green question from the Challenge card.
Step 2C: Once the dealer begins asking the question, the GeoPlunger for either team may shout “GeoPlunge” at any time. As soon as a GeoPlunger for a team does this, the dealer immediately stops reading the question even if the question has not been read in its entirety.
Once a Power card and Challenge card are used, they are placed at the bottom of their decks.
Step 3: After the first challenge is completed, start the second challenge by returning back to the beginning of Step 2 and then, once that challenge is completed, start the third challenge, if necessary.
Determining Who Wins and Whether that Team Receives the Bonus Points: If one team wins the first two challenges, it wins this game and receives the Bonus Points. If the first two challenges end in a tie, the game ends in a tie. Otherwise, the teams play a third challenge. If that happens, the game ends in a tie unless a team won 2 of the 3 challenges.