So, how do you score 6 in a row in Sequence?
The official rules state that you can only use one chip in a sequence of 5 to make up another sequence. If you counted a row of 6 as two sequences you would need to reuse 4 chips in both sequences and so this is invalid. Therefore, you can only count a row of 6 as one sequence of 5.
Thus, the smallest valid number of chips to make two sequences is 9. Four chips in each sequence with one chip reused. This would be a valid sequence of two.
Which chips make up the sequence?
One rule in Sequence states you cannot remove a chip that is part of a sequence.
Now, if you imagine for a moment that a player has made a sequence with a row of 6 chips. The opponent decides that removing one of the end chips will benefit their game. An argument breaks out because the player who laid the sequence says it was part of the sequence (even if it wasn’t)!
In the interest of fair play I recommend that when someone creates a sequence of 6 or more, the player making the sequence states which chips make up the sequence. This will allow the opponent to know and remove the remaining chip(s) if they wish. It will also prevent needless arguments.
Legitimate Sequences sharing a chip
The diagram above demonstrates how you can share one chip to make up two sequences. The light colored chips are the single shared chip used in both sequences.
Best Sequence game strategy – how to win
Now we have gotten the most contentious rule out the way let’s take a look at how you can be victorious in the game of sequence.
The first and most obvious tip is to try to think and plan 2 or 3 moves ahead. Similar to chess this will help you prevent your opponent from scoring sequences and maximise your own.
Anticipating what your opponent is doing and making moves to thwart them. Whilst also completing your sequences will lead you to blissful victory.
Use the centre
When placing your chips, work from the centre of the board and try to develop double ended sequences of 4. Whilst also working to hold the cards that will complete the sequence at both ends.
Everytime you can get into this position you will have a definite sequence. Even if your opponent blocks one end you will still make a sequence at the other on your next move.
Think like a scrabble player here. You can create a sequence using one other chip in another sequence. This builds more potential to have more chips. And so create more sequences with less effort as you only need a 4 (plus the chip already in the other sequence) to make your sequence.
Use two eyed Jacks to complete your sequences rather than foil your opponent. I would always focus on completing sequences rather than preventing your opponent. You cannot win being defensive but by creating sequences yourself.
One eyed Jacks enable you to remove opponents chips and foil their sequence. Use these wisely and make sure that you have the other card. This will prevent your opponent laying down another chip and finishing their sequence.
Can you cross lines in Sequence?
Yes, you can cross your own lines of sequence as long as only one chip from each sequence is used in the other sequence.
Can you overlap lines in Sequence?
Yes, you can but only by one chip. So the sequence will need to comprise of 9 chips. See the diagram above. It shows a sequence of 9 chips in the bottom example.
Can you go diagonal in Sequence?
Yes, you can create a sequence horizontally, diagonally or vertically in sequence.
Can you remove a chip from a Sequence?
Yes, but only with a one eyed Jack and that chip must not be part of an existing sequence.
How long does Sequence take to play?
Usually it takes about 10-30 minutes to play Sequence.
How many decks of cards are in a sequence?
There are two decks of cards that you play with and the board has two more decks on it to make up the spaces.
Are Jokers wild in Sequence?
No, Jokers are not wild cards. In fact they are not used in Sequence and can be put to one side.
Why are there less red chips in Sequence?
Use the red chips when 3 players or teams are playing Sequence. You then reduce the number of chips each player or team uses to 35. So you only need 35 blue, 35 green, and 35 red. As you don’t play with red unless you are playing with three players you only need 35 red chips.
In two player Seqeunce you only use blue and green and use all 50 of each color.
There are 50 blue and 50 green chips in Sequence but only 35 red chips.
How many red chips are there in Sequence?
There are 35 red chips in Sequence.This is by design as you only use red chips for three players. Each player only uses 35 chips.
So, when playing with three you put 15 each of green and blue chips aside. Only playing with 35 of each.
There are 50 green chips and 50 blue chips.
Sequence is an amazingly versatile board game when it comes to how many players can play. You can play Sequence with 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 players equally well. This is a family favourite and is a great addition to your collection.
Now you have read this article I hope that you will have even more fun when playing Sequence.
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