Pick-Up-Sticks (also known as “Mikado”) is a game of physical
and mental skill, very popular
and considered to be classic traditional game. The game is for 2 players or more.
of "sticks“ are held in a loose bunch
and released on a table top, falling in random disarray. Each player, in turn,
must remove a stick from the pile without disturbing the remaining ones. One
root of the name "pick-up-sticks" may be the
line of a children's nursery rhyme "...five, six, pick-up-sticks!" The game has
spawned several variations such as Jackstraws, Spellicans, and Spillikins.
The object of the game is to pick up the most sticks with the
To begin the game, a bundle of sticks is somewhat
randomly distributed so that they end up in a tangled pile. The more tangled
the result, the more challenging the
game. In some versions of the game, any isolated sticks, or sticks lying alone,
The players attempt to remove a single stick, without moving any
other stick. In some versions of the game, players use a tool to move the stick
away from the pile; this "tool" may be one of the held aside before the
game begins or a stick
that was removed during the game. In other versions, players must pick up the sticks by hand only. In either case, players
must not move any other things while attempting to remove the said stick; if any other stick
moves, the players turn ends immediately and the next player is
on. Players who
successfully pick up a stick can then have another turn and so on until they fail by
moving another stick(s).
The game is over when the last stick is removed. The
winner is the player with the highest score (normally the player that has the most sticks with
the highest value).
Note: There are 5
different types of sticker (they have different color combinations) and each
type has its own value (in points).
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