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Q-Turn Rules of Play

Version 1.5


Q-Turn is a quick and unpredictable little game played on a dynamic board made up of 16 wooden disks. The goal is to get your token to the opposite corner and back again first. The disks indicate in which directions you may move. Landing on certain spaces lets you rotate one or all of the disks, changing the potential paths across the board, and since you aren't allowed to pass, fate will sometimes send you heading off in the wrong direction.

Setup and Start

Place the disks face down on the table, mix them up, then lay them out in a 4x4 pattern. Each player chooses a token and a starting corner. Tokens start off the board next to your corner.

The baldest player goes first. (If there aren't any bald players, pick the person with the shortest or least amount of hair.)

Taking a Turn

On your first turn, simply move your token onto your starting corner. Each time you move your token onto a disk that is still face down, flip it over and rotate it to the position of your choice (aligned with the grid). You then set your token down on the disk and take whatever action may apply, as on a normal turn.

On subsequent turns, you may rotate in place (if you are on a One Way arrow) or you may move your token one space, following one of the arrows on the disk you occupy, and take the Special Action, if any (see next section). You may not pass. You may not move diagonally and you may not move off the board.

Special Actions

Here are the three types of disks and their properties:

The Q-Turner: Whenever you land on a disk with arrows pointing in all four directions, you MUST then immediately rotate all revealed disks a quarter turn counter-clockwise.

The Double Arrow: Whenever you land on this type of disk, you MAY also then rotate any one disk (other than your own) a quarter turn counter-clockwise.

The One Way Arrow: No action is taken when you land on this type of disk. However, if you are on such a space at the beginning of your turn, you may choose to re-orient that disk INSTEAD of moving your token to the indicated space. You may re-orient the disk however you wish, as long as it doesn't point diagonally.


Each space can hold only one token. If someone occupies a space you could potentially enter, you may choose to bounce off their piece and remain where you are. This allows you to re-use the special action associated with your space, just as though you had landed on it for the first time.

You may only bounce off of an occupied space on the board; you may not bounce against the edge of the board.


The object of the game is to move your token from the disk you started on across the board to the disk in the opposite corner, and back again. As soon as someone completes that journey and moves his or her token back onto their starting disk, the game ends and that player wins.

Turn Order

In keeping with the direction of disk rotation on the four-way and two-way arrows, play proceeds counter-clockwise from the starting player.


It's very important to plan ahead when deciding how to orient a disk. If you anticipate that one of the other players will land on a Q-Turner next, you will want to compensate for this rotation by pointing your disk a clockwise turn away from the direction you really want to move.

The most direct path across the board would be along the diagonal, but since you can't do that, you frequently have to decide whether to point to the left or the right. Usually it's better to go to the right ­ that way, you'll still be able to make progress across the board, even it someone hits a Q-Turner and the disk ends up pointing to the left.

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