## Components

• 48 playing pieces
• Topple tower
• game base
• game stem
• playing die.
• Instructions

## Object of the Game

Score the most points by completing or adding to stacks or rows of playing pieces, while being careful not to Topple any of the other pieces.

## Setup

Set up the playing area on a flat surface by placing the stem into the base and balancing the Topple board on top of the stem (see illustration 1).

Each player selects a color and takes all the playing pieces of that color. Each player rolls the die. Highest roll will go first, then play continues to the left.

Make a score sheet, listing the names of each player. Choose someone to keep score during the game. Decide what the winning score will be. For example, 100 points.

## Game Play

Players take turns rolling the die and placing their pieces, one at a time, on the Topple board. The number on the die shows where on the board you may place a piece.

For instance, if you roll a 2 you may place a piece on any of the four areas on level 2. If you roll a 1, you must place a piece on the center spot only. If you roll a 6, you may place a piece anywhere on the board.

## Scoring

1. If you place a piece that completes a row of 5 pieces in any direction (horizontally, vertically or diagonally) you score 3 points for completing the row plus 1 point for each playing piece of your color that tops each other stack in that row.

Player scores 3 points for completing row plus 1 point for each piece of his color that tops each other stack in the row. This play scores a total of 4 points.

2. If you add a piece to a completed row of 5, you score 1 point for each piece of your color that tops each stack in that row.

Players adding to a completed row of five pieces scores 1 point for each of his playing pieces that tops each stack in the row. This play scores 2 points.

3. If you add a piece to a stack that already has 3 or more pieces high, you score 1 point for each piece of your color in that stack.

Player scores 1 point for each piece of his color in a stack 3-or-more pieces high. This play scores 2 points.

Note: You can score multiple points if you place a piece that completes or adds to more than one row, or which stacks more than three high and completes or adds to a row.

The piece that you play that is common to different rows or to a stack and a row, is counted for each row and/or stack. I

Player scores five points on 2 rows and 1 stack.

## Toppling

A Topple occurs when a player causes one or more playing piece to fall off a stack or off the Topple board. When this happens the round ends. The player who caused the Topple loses 10 points.

In addition, when a player causes a Topple while placing a piece on the board, the player whose turn it was immediately before scores a 3-point bonus.

##### Remember
• Players cannot touch the Topple board or any of the pieces already placed on the board.

• If you accidentally knock the board, or table, and cause a Topple , whether or not it's your turn, you lose 10 points.

• Look for multiple scoring possibilities!

## End of the Game

A round ends when a TOPPLE has occurred or when all the pieces have been played. If a Topple has not occurred during a round, the pieces are removed from the board and the scoring and play continue.

Even if a player reaches the required number of points during a round, the game is not over until all the pieces have been played or a Topple has occurred.

If more than one player reaches the required number of points at that time, the player with the highest total points wins.

### Two-player Version

Each player takes two colors and scores them separately. For example, if you have pink and yellow, and you play a pink piece to score, you get points for the pink pieces scored on that move.

A player may choose which color to play at any time.

### Young People Version

Play the same way as the original instruction, but don't keep score. Players place their piece on the level indicated by the die. Whoever causes a TOPPLE is out of the game.