Rummikub, distributed in the UK by John Adams Leisure, has been celebrated in Israel with its own bespoke postage stamp.
The new commemorative Israeli stamp features iconic tiles from game, which has been bringing people together since 1950, including the much-loved Joker tile. Rummikub was first created and developed by Ephraim Hertzano, who started hand-making sets in the backyard of his home with his family in Israel. Since then, an estimated 50m games have been sold in over 60 countries around the world. The game has also been translated into 27 languages.
Brilliantly simple, Rummikub provides hours of amusement. Each game is as different as the combinations of moves participants choose to play. The aim of the game to is to be the first player to clear their rack of tiles onto the table as part of a ‘run’ or ‘group’ and then shout ‘Rummikub’. Players must use strategy and sharp moves to outwit their opponents but the Joker can fire up the game – or, if he is smiling on a rack at the end of the round, that players loses 30 points.
Rummikub is available in variations including Classic, Travel, Junior and more, and can be played with two to four players aged 7+ (Junior from 4+).