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Grand Total
Grand Total
by Nike and Cooper Española, S.A., Usborne, Current, Inc., Ed. Plesa (1984)
Player Count
2 to 4

Player Ages

Playing Time
1 hour
  • Abstract Strategy
  • Dice
  • Wargame
  • World War II
  • Number
  • Math
  • Space Exploration
  • Designers
  • (Uncredited)
  • James Opie
  • Anne Civardi
  • Nan Roloff
  • Jeanne Kidder
  • Mechanisms
  • Tile Placement
  • Hex-and-Counter
  • Roll / Spin and Move
  • Point to Point Movement
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    Grand Total is "Mathematical Equation Scrabble." Players place number and symbol tiles in a line to form an equation, scoring points for the number they use.

    The board is large (18" square), colorful, and well-designed. It is ruled off in 1" squares, with numbers from 0 to 9 printed in about 10% of the squares. The tiles are cardboard counters of decent thickness - the numbers are red and the symbols (+, -, and =) yellow.

    Players mix up the tiles, then draw seven numbers and three signs. In turn, each player places tiles on the board to make a "legal" equation, using at least one tile already on the board, crossword-style. Typical Scrabble rules are used regarding challenges and redraws. Player score the sum of the numbers they used, disregarding the results of the equation they formed. If a tile is placed on a space bearing the same number, it's double score.

    A surprising rule is that a player may remove the equal sign from an equation on the board and replace it with a plus or minus if they can form a new equation that way. The removed "=" is reused further down the new equation.

    Game meant for 2nd/3rd Grade and up.

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