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You make the stack (without using the insert). You put the cardboard insert over the stack, with the horizontal bit on top, and push all the blocks into the insert to make sure they're all straight. You take the insert off and start playing.


The official Jenga rules from 2000, which are printed on Hasbro's website, have this to say about setup: SETUP Empty the blocks onto a flat surface One person uses this loading tray to build up the tower by placing layers of three wooden blocks at right angles to each other. (See photo on package back.) When you finish, you'll have a solid, 18-...


Jenga, as designed, is most certainly a competitive game. The rules released with the game have stayed consistent over the years and have never described how to play in a cooperative manner. Most versions of the rules (such as the 2000 version) have a "Solo Play" variant that might also be able to be played cooperatively with multiple players: Play ...


I always build it upside down. So you put the cardboard retainer at the bottom, then build the tower. Finally, you slowly flip the tower using the retainer to keep everything in place. This doesn't work well for everyone, but it's how I learned to do it as a kid.


According the the 2008 Vintage Game Collection version of Jenga, the tallest recorded Jenga tower was made by Robert Grebler in 1985 with a tower 40 2⁄3 levels*, using an original Jenga set produced by Leslie Scott, the designer of the game. Board Game Geek's gallery for Jenga includes a picture that nearly matches this at 40 levels tall. The user Romir ...


Simple, you set the guide on its side and fill it with blocks. Afterwards, it's just a simple matter of lifting one side so that it's right-side up. I base this answer on the fact that the guide is placed as such in all the JENGA boxes that I have ever played with.


The inventor of Jenga actually mentioned this fact on a podcast called How to Do Everything in August of 2015. The trick is that the blocks are of slightly different thicknesses.

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