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Rating: 7.1 Good
Players: 1-6 players
Playing time: 45 minutes

Created by: Steve Barry, Tony Nelson

Published by: Maynard's, Outset Media

Alternate Names: Cross Cribb


CrossCribb is the exciting strategy game that takes the traditional favorite, Cribbage, and multiplies the fun times five. CrossCribb uses conventional Cribbage scoring rules, but the similarities end there as you try to build five high scoring cribbage hands while trying to sabotage your opponents' hands. It's easy to learn, but difficult to master. It's CrossCribb !

Build your hands across the rows, criss-crossing cards with those of your opponent who is building hands in the columns perpendicular to your rows.

One card at a time, the importance of placement, strategy and luck magnifies as the hands take shape. Do you go for points, or play defense? It's high-scoring, fast-paced action as you try to outwit your opponents and work with your teammates.

But watch out! Fortunes change at the turn of a card in CrossCribb !

Whether you're an experienced Cribbage player or new to the game, you'll find CrossCribb is an easy but challenging twist on an old favorite that's positively addicting!

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If you already know how to score traditional cribbage, you will be enjoying CrossCribb in a matter of minutes. If not, don't despair!

With the following easy-to-learn directions and the enclosed Scoring Aid, you'll be ready to compete with anyone in no time. Either way, you are about to be consumed by your new favorite game!


  • 1 CrossCribb game board
  • 2 CrossCribb Score Pads
  • 1 CrossCribb deck of cards
  • 1 Pencil
  • 1 Die
  • Instructions

Object of the Game

The objective of CrossCribb is to mark (peg) 31 points on the scorecard by building higher total cribbage scoring hands before your opponent. …

Make Every Card Count

Try to make sure every card you lay down is working toward bettering one of your own rows and blocking one of your opponent's columns. In the examples below, you are playing columns, your opponent is playing rows.

Figure 1: This play appears to be safe because the card is laid in neutral territory, however, this play is allowing your opponent to seize two plays in a row while you essentially passed on yours.

Figure 2: This play is clearly better because you just obtained 2 points for the 15 count and you're also setting yourself up for a potential run. …

Crosscribb Player Variations

Crosscribb for 2 Players

The rules are the same as the 4-player game except for the following: One player sits facing the circle columns while the other faces the diamond rows. Each player is dealt 14 cards instead of 7 cards. During play each player will discard 2 cards into the crib instead of 1 card.

Crosscribb for 3 Players

In this version, two players (referred to as "the team") play against one player (referred to as "the individual"). Choose a score keeper and draw cards to determine who will play as an individual (low card is the individual). …

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