Marbles and Jokers is a North American race game for four, six or eight players, using playing-cards to move marbles around a board. It is also sometimes known as Jokers and Marbles. Some board designs use pegs instead of marbles as the playing pieces in which case it may be called Pegs and Jokers or Jokers and Pegs.
Marbles and Jokers is clearly derived ultimately from the Indian race game Pachisi, a race game using dice for movement, probably via its American derivative, in which marbles are moved according to cards drawn from a special deck.
Marbles and Jokers is a partnership game played with standard playing-cards on boards. It allows extra scope for strategy by giving players a choice of cards to play. Each player has five marbles, and the winners are the first team to move all their marbles from their START area to their HOME areas.
The object of the game is for each player or team to move all five of their marbles clockwise around the board, from the player's HOME AREA to his or her SAFE AREA (the “L” shape). The first team or individual to have all their marbles in their SAFE AREA wins the game. Players take turns drawing cards from a draw pile, the card drawn determines the number of spaces that player's chosen marble is to be moved either forward or backwards depending on the card.
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