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To start you lay out seven Stripe cards in front of each player. Each card has six horizontal coloured stripes. To begin with, these won't line up with each other. The aim is to use the available actions to manipulate the cards to create a single horizontal line of colour across all seven cards.
You take turns to choose one of the available actions. To do this you flip a card over and draw a new card to replace the first card, trade a card from a specific position with another player, shift a card up or down one stripe and (in larger groups) steal a card from the player on your right.
As you progress you realise there are a number of layers of strategy. You need to have a focus on your progress towards a line of colour. But you also need to see what your opponents are up to. A number of the actions let you mess with their order. Also, as each type of action can only be used once (until they are all used and things reset), you can choose to use an action simply to stop someone else from using it to their advantage.
The result is a competitive tactical game that's fun and simple to play. Although players do things that may obstruct each other, the game nicely limits this. Stealing a card from someone can only happen infrequently. Trading a card with someone gives an advantage to the other player who can place the traded card where they want, while the originating player can only trade their first card.
Play Time: This game will take between 10 minutes and 20 minutes to complete.
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