Pick two fake universities and
"enroll" half the players in each. Print Player Cards and Degree
Cards-- one set each for every player. Print score sheet. Clip all
cards. Write player names on score sheet.
1- Players are called "students", and just like real students, they
should sit upright. Upright around a table or upright in a circle on the
floor. So arrange your students before you do anything else. The space they
surround is called the "study area".
2- Next, pass out Degree Cards. Give each
student their beginning
"college savings" of seven cards (14 points):
1 Doctor Card @ 4 points
1 Master Card @ 3 points
2 Bachelor Cards @ 2 points
3 Associate Cards @ 1 point
3- An Associate Card for each student should be leftover.
Hold one back as a reward for yourself and arrange the rest face up in the middle of the study
area. To make the game fair, the cards should be spread out.
4- Shuffle the Player Cards and deal them. Each
student receives a hand of four cards.
1- As host, you are "professor" for the first "semester"
in the first round. It is the professor's job to regulate the flow of things by
periodically bellowing "all students pass."
2- Begin the game with a hearty professorial bellow, "all students
3- Upon hearing they pass each student
selects one of their Player Cards and passes it to the student on their left.
4- The first semester continues with more
bellowing and more passing until someone gains a "shining quatro".
That is, until a student holds all four Player Cards (Freshman, Junior, Sophomore
and Senior) in any student's name other than their own.
5- The holder of the shining quatro
instantly replaces you as professor. It becomes their turn to
bellow. So immediately they bellow "graduate", followed by
the name of the student they quatroed. For example, they
bellow "graduate Marci".
players (including you and the new professor) then scramble to get one
Degree Card from the cards laid out in the study area.
6- Of course, one student will come up short and not get a
Degree Card. This student is branded a "flunkout".
As punishment for being so "slow", they must pay the new professor a
Degree Card from their college savings.
7- The second semester begins with all students, except the graduate
(for example, Marci), "paying tuition" by depositing a
Degree Card in the study area.
8- The new professor trades her quatroed Player
Cards one for one with the
closest four students to her left, and then bellows "all students
pass". Cards are exchanged as before until another shining quatro is
obtained, another professor appointed, etc.
9- This is repeated to the point where
one student flunks out so
much they can no longer afford tuition (their college savings are
exhausted). The bankrupt flunkout is expelled from the game! Before
leaving they trade their hand of Player Cards for the latest
shining quatro. They then take the quatro with them as they
wander away to wherever the uneducated wander away to. This departure
marks the beginning of "accelerated semesters".
10- Accelerated semesters are different
in two ways. First, every time a new quatro occurs
the flunkout must leave (trading their hand for the quatro as they
go). Second, they must donate whatever college savings they have
to the "scholarship fund" (a pile kept somewhere away
from the study area).
11- Play continues this way until only
four students remain (the "final four": the fourth, third, and
second place students and the "first round survivor").
12- The final four face a different
challenge, what we like to call "death semesters"! Each
chooses a Player Card from their hand and lays it face down. The professor (the
latest quatro holder) turns his card over and the other students
follow. If one or more match the year of the professor's card (for
example, Sophomore) they flunk out! If all three match, the
professor is survivor and the round is over. Whenever two or more
players remain, the process is repeated. A new professor is
appointed each time cards are chosen. The new
professor is the student to the old professor's left.
13- Fourth, third and second place
students are allowed to keep half their college savings
(the other halves go to the scholarship fund). The survivor keeps all
of her savings! Additionally, the scholarship fund is
divided equally between all students in the survivor's school!
14- The first round is closed once Degree Card points are
tallied and recorded on the score sheet. All students are then
invited back for another round. Player Cards are gathered,
shuffled and dealt. Degree Cards are redistributed as in the
beginning, and the first round survivor becomes the first professor of
the new round.
15- The game is complete after four rounds. The student
with the most overall points is the ultimate, very heroic,