Rummikub and Scrabble Meetings

Our Rummikub and Scrabble group meets on alternating Tuesdays and Wednesdays in the Bar Lounge at the Harrow District Masonic Centre in Kenton.

You may be wondering what Rummikub is! Wikipedia produced this answer …

Rummikub is a tile-based game for 2 to 4 players, combining elements of the card game rummy and the tile game mahjong. There are 106 tiles in the game, including 104 numbered tiles (valued 1 to 13 in four different colours, two copies of each) and two jokers. Players have 14 or 16 tiles initially and take turns putting down tiles from their racks into sets (groups or runs) of at least three, drawing a tile if they cannot play. In the Sabra version (the most common and popular), the first player to use all their tiles scores a positive score based on the total of the other players’ hands, while the losers get negative scores. There is also variations of the game, which contains 4 jokers. An important feature of the game is that players can move and edit the tiles that have already been placed on the table.

Rummikub was invented by Ephraim Hertzano, a Romanian-born Jew, who emigrated to Mandatory Palestine in the 1940s. He hand-made the first sets with his family in the backyard of his home. Hertzano sold these sets door-to-door and on a consignment basis at small shops. Over the years, the family licensed it to other countries and it became Israel’s best-selling export game. In the 1970s it was brought to the United States by Irv and Arline Kossoff to sell in their New York’s Gift, Games, and Luggage store. Arline translated the rules from Hebrew to English and by 1977, it became a bestselling game in the United States.

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