Lots of times, on bus rides or long car trips, kids play smartphone or computer games. But those games are almost always solitary pastimes. What if you want to do something with friends? Here’s a cool travel game my dad taught me.
- You can have any number of players, even grown-ups. The winner is the first to get from A to Z, using only the letters you spot on license plates.
- You have to go in alphabetical order. (No skipping around.)
- License plates must be moving. (If a car is parked or stopped, no can use!)
- Any license plate counts. (I once beat Georgie with a Z on a motorcycle!)
- The letters must be part of the license plate number, not any other words on the plate. (You cannot use the X on the word Texas on a Texas plate, for example.)
- If two or three successive letters are on the same license plate, you can use all of them. (For example: if you need a D, and the next plate you see is 872NED, you get both the D and the E, and you get to jump to F.)
- If the letter you are searching for occurs twice on the same license plate, you get that letter plus a wild card which you can use (just once!) to skip over any letter you choose whenever you wish. (For example: if you need a G, and the next plate you see is GHG5269, you get your G and a wild card.)
- If the letter you are searching for occurs three times on the same license plate, game over! You win! (This has never happened to me or Georgie.)
- License plates may be used only once and only by one player. First to see it, gets it. (If a license plate that’s been used reappears, and it has a letter you need, too bad.)
- No cheating! You are on your honor. (C’mon! It’s just a game. Play fair!)
- These are the Cheesie rules. If you want to change them, go ahead. (But all the players should agree, right?)
Please tell me about your License Plate Alphabet Race Games or any other travel games you like.