<% Response.Write(strURL) %>  How to Play Equate 
Players draw from a draw pile to maintain a hand of nine tiles that
includes a combination of numbers and operations. An equal symbol is available whenever
needed. Beginning at the center of the board, players form horizon or vertical equality
statements, called equations, by placing tiles on the board. Each successive
play must
connect with a previous play. Players strive for a high score by trying to take advantage of the individual symbol scores as well as the premium board positions. The score for each symbol is located in the lower righthand corner of the tile. There are four premium board positions. Two of them, label 2S and 3S, double and triple the individual symbol score. The other two, labeled 2E and 3E, affect the entire equation score. 

Getting Started 

Separate the equal symbols from the other tiles. Turn the number and operation tiles face down near the side of the board or keep them in a nontransparent bag, and shuffle. Draw to determine who plays first. The player drawing the largest number plays first. Any number tile drawn wins over drawing an operation tile. Since a blank may be used to represent any symbol in the game, it can be used as the number 9 in the draw that determines who goes first. If two or more players tie for the highest number, they draw again until the tie is broken. Put the exposed tiles back into the draw pile, and reshuffle. Each player then draws nine number or operation tiles and places all nine tiles face up behind his or her fence to hide them from the other players. Decide on one player to be the score keeper. An equal symbol is always available when needed. 

Scoring Five Sample Plays 

To understand clearly how to score, players are encouraged to actually place the tiles on the board in the designated positions as the following five plays are discussed, 

Using All Nine Tiles in One Turn 

If a player uses all nine of the tiles in his or her hand, then the player receives an additional 40 points for that play. All the tiles played must be within one horizontal equation or one vertical equation, and the equation is allowed only one equal symbol. 

Alternatives to Making an Equation  
A player has three alternatives to creating an equation. 

Ending the Game 

The game ends when there are no more tiles in the draw pile of numbers and operations and one player uses the last of his/her tiles. The player that goes out adds to his/her score the total of all the individual scores that the other players are left holding. Also, each player left with tiles must subtract from his/her score the total of the tile scores he/she is left holding. 

How Beginners Play Equate 

Beginners start by forming only horizontal equations without connecting them. For this level, take out the fraction and division tiles and some multiplication tiles if desired. Separate the draw pile into two piles: one containing numbers, the other operations. This ensures that players have a balanced hand. 

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