How To Find Game Rules or Instructions

Tracy reads the rules for "I'm the Boss"
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No matter how hard you try not to, chances are good that you'll lose the rules to at least one game sometime during your life. These tips can help you find what you need.

  1. Be sure you know what edition of a game you need rules for. Some games (e.g. Risk and Acquire) have had different rules through the years.
  2. The quickest way to obtain the rules usually is to find them on the Net.
  3. If the rules you want can't be found on the Net, don't worry. Rules still exist offline, too.
  4. Call or write to the manufacturer of the game (the manufacturer's name and city are commonly found on the game box), assuming the company still exists.
  5. Hasbro owns Milton Bradley, Parker Brothers, Playskool, Tiger Electronics, Tonka, Avalon Hill and Wizards of the Coast, so if you need rules for games from those companies, contact Hasbro.
  6. Some companies will provide a copy of the rules for free, but others may request a small processing fee.
  7. If you can't find the rules on the Net and you don't have success contacting the manufacturer, post a note in an online Forum, such as About's Board Games Forum (see link in 'Related Features' below).
  8. Be persistent. If at first you don't succeed, try again in a couple of weeks. And keep trying until you're successful.
  1. If you're eager enough, consider buying an entire copy of the game you need the rules for. After all, if you lost the rules, you may have lost an important piece, too.