Marbles Card Game Rules

By Dan Chruscinski
Joker Marbles mixes marbles and cards into a board game.

When you combine a game of marbles with a deck of playing cards you get the "Joker Marbles" card game. This game plays as a mix of “Sorry” where you move your game pieces, in this case marbles, around a board and back into your home space. Instead of using dice to move your marbles, you use a deck of cards with each card value corresponding to a different movement amount for your marbles.

Setup

Set up the game by placing your five marbles on your colored starting spaces on the board. Instruct all players to do the same. Shuffle two decks of playing cards with Jokers and allow each player to draw one card. The highest card goes first and play continues clockwise. Reshuffle the decks and deal out five cards face down, one at a time, to each player in the game. Place the remaining cards in the center of the game board.

Starting Out

Draw a card from the center decks and and add it to your hand. Select one of the six cards to play. Move a marble out of your starting area by playing an Ace or face card. You must play an Ace or face card to begin movement. Discard your played card. If you cannot play a card, discard any of your six cards. After your turn has ended, play moves to the next player who can try to move marbles from the starting area.

Movement

Move around the board by playing cards, but note that not all cards help you move forward. Move the number of spaces listed on cards with a value of two to six, nine and ten. If you play a seven you can move one marble seven spaces or split the move between two marbles in play. Play an eight and you can move backwards eight spaces. Face cards are each worth ten spaces, but an Ace is only worth one space when used on a marble already in play.

The Joker

Play a Joker to move any marble you own from the starting position to the position of another marble on the board. If you take an opponent's marble's space that marble goes back to his starting space while switching with your own marble will send it to the start of your Home space.

Home Space

Move your colored marbles into the Home spaces, starting with your first marble reaching the farthest space in the Home and the last marble reaching the last space. You must land on your home spaces using an exact move with your cards. The first player to move all of his marbles to the Home spaces is the winner.

Rules to Remember

Land on an opponent's marble during play to send it back to the home space. When playing you cannot pass by one of your marbles with another marble so you must keep your pieces following behind one another.

About the Author

Dan Chruscinski has written pieces for both business and entertainment venues. His work has appeared in "Screen Magazine" as well as websites such as Starpulse.com. Chruscinski graduated in 2006 with a degree in English literature from Illinois State University.