Activity Notebooks First Play

The First player uses an equal symbol, and a combination of numbers and operations on each side of the equal symbol, to form a true equation. The player places the tiles on the board from left to right, or from up to down, with one tile on the center board position, labeled 2E, that awards 2 times the equation score. Diagonal equations are not permitted. Here is an example of how the first player might begin.

Because six tiles are used to make the equation, the player is able to reach the premium board position, labeled 3S, that offers 3 times the individual symbol score. The player is awarded the highest score by positioning the number 2 on the center 2E position and the number 8 on the 3S position.

The player or score keeper computes and records the score for that play. The number in the lower right-hand corner of the tile indicates the individual symbol score. If we assume the number 2 tile is placed on the center 2E position and the number 8 tile is placed on the 3S position, then this play yields 28 points (1 + 1 + 5 + 1 + 0 + 6 = 14, then 2 x 14 = 28).

The player draws as many number and operation tiles as were played, thus always having nine tiles when beginning a turn. This player draws five new number or operation tiles to replace those played.

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