Players: 2-6, aged 8 and up
Length: about 15 minutes
Contents: 33 Category cards, 55 Letter cards
Twelve letter cards are randomly chosen and placed face up around the category deck.
Tip: The letter card "X/Y" is particularly difficult. When playing with children or for the first time, it is advisable to remove this card from play.
Schnapp, Land, Fluss can be played in two different versions.
In the first version, the fastest player wins the letter card. The second version, Schnapp-soviel-du-kannst (Snatch as much as you can), is described later. Decide which version you prefer, or try both...
Players all play at the same time. Each player tries to find a suitable word for the exposed category card. The word must begin with one of the twelve letter cards on the table. In the example on Page 2 (the category is "animal"), "hamster" would be possible or "ape" or "horse" or "Jaguar"...
If a player finds a suitable word, he annouces it aloud and places his hand on the appropriate letter card. The player may then take the letter card and place it in a score pile in front of him. Note: only the fastest player takes the card his hand is on. Thereafter, if still further players call out suitable words, they do not score the letter card.
In the diagram on page 3, Florian called "Leopard" and places his hand on the "L" card. He takes the card and places it in his score pile.
The player who won the Letter card turns over a new Category card. Another round begins immediately as players try to find a suitable word for the next category. Only eleven Letter cards are used in this round. Again, whoever calls a suitable word and covers the appropriate letter card first, gets the card. Play continues; in each round one fewer Letter card is available.
If two or more players call a word and strike their Letter cards simultaneously, a tie-break round is played, just between those players. They do not win the Letter card from the tie-break, but from the original round.
If no one can find an appropriate word, a new Category card is drawn and the game continues. If this happens three times in a row, the game ends early.
If a player grabs a letter card and calls an incorrect word, he loses a previously won Letter card (if he has one) as punishment.
It is fun to play several rounds, adding the scores for each round. Whoever scores the most after the predetermined number of rounds wins.
In each round, players simply call out words and take letter cards immediately. Players may call out more than one word and correspondingly take more than one letter card. One must take one at a time. Keep playing until all the letter cards are gone. If no one can think of a word for any of the remaining letters, the round ends early.
Rounds continue until there are fewer than 12 letter cards remaining to be set out for a round. If letters remain from the previous round, they remain on the table and the letter cards are filled to 12.
The end of the game is as before; blue card count one, red cards count two, and whoever has the most wins.
For the categories "In the Kitchen," "In the Air," "In the Circus," "At School", "At the Doctor's Office," and "In the Sea," one may not use words which could appear anywhere, such as "man" or "sunbeam," but rather words which are really characteristic of the category.
For the categories "Song," "Movie," "Book," and "TV show" one must supply titles in which the first word starts with the letter on the table. For example, "All My Children" counts as an "A."
When ambiguity arises, remember it's only a game! Don't argue about it, just pick a new card and continue.
|Beim Arzt||At the Doctor's Office|
|Im Meer||In the Sea|
|Im Zirkus||At the Circus|
|In der Küche||In the Kitchen|
|In der Luft||In the Air|
|In der Schule||At School|
|Körperteil||Parts of the Body|
|Sportart||Kind of Sport|