Mikado Pick Up Sticks - Wooden Game

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A truly ancient game, fun for all ages.

First, stand the sticks upright holding them all vertically with your hand. Let go gently and allow them to drop where they may. Each player's goal is to pick up as many sticks as he can without making the other sticks move. There were two methods used: one included the black stick in the group and it was worth the most points or players to used the black stick as a "tool" to assist in removing the other sticks.

The first player to go (determined by lottery) picks up one stick at a time until he is failed (one stick moves when he attempts to pick another up). The player sums up his points and the turn goes to the next player and so on until someone reaches 200 points. The winner is the first to total 200 points. You can use your own total if you wish. Some versions used 500. 

Mikado Sticks Game

The Mikado Sticks game is a fun and stimulating leisure activity that requires a steady hand and strategic thinking. It's also known as Pick-Up Sticks or Jackstraws. The Mikado game consists of slender sticks that are colourful and usually made of wood. These sticks are bundled together and scattered across a flat surface.

The objective is to gently remove one stick at a time without disturbing the rest. Each stick has a different point value, and the person with the highest score at the end wins. This is an excellent game for people of all ages and can be played with two or more players.

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