How to Break a Tie in a Game

By Eric Cedric ; Updated April 12, 2017
Keep the fun going with a set of rules.

Game nights bring friends or family together for good spirited fun. However, that fun has the potential of getting stressed if a tie occurs. Having a strategy to solve tie breakers before they occur is a great idea to keep the fun flowing and feelings intact. Tie breaker solutions do not have to be difficult or complicated. In fact, they can be silly and fun and add to the binding experience of game night.

Hold a "sudden death" playoff for the game. For example, if you are playing a card game and it comes down to two people in a dead heat, make a tie breaker a short version of the game where the first person to score one point becomes the victor.

Settle the tie with a good old fashioned "rock, paper, scissors" best two out of three. Just remember, rock beats scissors, scissors beats paper and paper beats rock.

Make the tie-players do a silly game of charades or picture guessing game. Use a timer for the rest of the participants. Have the tie-players each give clues to a randomly assigned topic and turn the timer on. The tie-player with the fastest guessed topic wins the prize.

Use the sudden death tie breaker for physical games like backyard soccer, field hockey or for indoor games such as Foosball, air hockey or even sports video games.

About the Author

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.