How to Play Something Wild


In his book, The Art of Possibility, Benjamin Zander tells a story about a time when he was teaching a music class. One of his students asked him how to play something wild. Zander replied, “First, you have to find the right note.”

The student said, “I know that.” Zander replied, “No, you don’t. You think you know that because you’ve been told that there are only twelve notes in the octave and so finding the right note must be a matter of simple arithmetic. But it’s not. It’s more like falling in love.” Zander goes on to say that playing something wild is not about technique or skill; it’s about passion and connection.

When we are passionate about something and connected to it, we naturally express our own uniqueness. We don’t need to force ourselves to be different; we simply let go and allow our true selves to come out. So how can we find the right note?

How can we connect with our passion and express our uniqueness? Here are some suggestions: 1) Follow your heart.

What are you drawn to? What makes you feel alive? Go after those things with everything you’ve got.

2) Be authentic. Don’t try to be someone you’re not. Be yourself – warts and all – and people will respond to your genuineness.

3) Take risks . Don’t play it safe all the time; sometimes you have to jump off the cliff and see what happens . You might surprise yourself at how well you can fly . 4) Get out of your comfort zone . Trying new things can be scary , but it’s also exhilarating . Step outside your comfort zone often , and see how much richer your life becomes . 5 ) Let go of perfectionism . Perfectionism is the enemy of passion . It stifles creativity and keeps us from taking risks . So instead of striving for perfection , aim for progress ; celebrate each small step forward as a victory .

How to Play Something Wild!

  • Get a deck of cards
  • You will need one regular deck of 52 cards
  • Jokers are not used in this game
  • Shuffle the deck and deal out 7 cards to each player, face down
  • The remaining cards are placed face down in the middle of the players, to form a draw pile
  • Each player looks at their hand and decides which card they would like to play first face up in front of them on the table
  • The player to the left of the dealer starts by playing any card from their hand they wish, following suit if possible (meaning if the player plays a heart, the next player must play a heart if they have one)
  • Cards of different suits may be played as well
  • When it is your turn, you must either play a card from your hand that matches the suit or rank of the previous card played, or you may play any wild card
  • A wild card can be any card except for an Ace or a two
  • After playing a wild card, you must declare what suit it represents for the remainder of that particular hand; it cannot be changed later on
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How Do I Play Something Wild

Assuming you would like an answer to the card game Something Wild, below are the directions. Object of the Game The object of Something Wild is to be the first player to score 500 points.

Points are scored by taking as many cards as possible to form either sets or runs. A set is three or four cards of the same rank (e.g., three kings or four aces), while a run is three or more cards in sequence of the same suit (e.g., ace-2-3 of spades or 4-5-6-7-8 of hearts). Runs must contain at least three cards; sets may consist of only two cards if they include an ace, since an ace can also count as 1 in a run.

Cards and Dealing Something Wild is played with one regular deck plus two jokers, for a total of 54 cards. The jokers are wild, which means they can represent any other card in the deck when forming sets and runs.

For example, if you have two jokers and an ace in your hand, you could lay down a run that goes 11-12-13-joker-joker since the jokers stand in for 14 and 15 respectively (ace=1). Alternatively, you could use those same cards to form a set: ace-(joker)-(joker) since each joker represents any other card except another joker. In this case it doesn’t matter what order you put them down in; just that all three different suits are represented (clubs/diamonds/hearts OR spades/clubs/diamonds).

After determining who will go first (usually by highest draw), that player deals out all 54 cards face down clockwise around the table so each player has 13. The remainder of the deck becomes the draw pile from which players will replenish their hands during subsequent turns – but more on that later! The Play

On their turn, each player draws one card from either the top of their own personal face down pile OR from the draw pile located in front of them AND then lays one card face up on top of their personal discard pile located next to their face down pile where it remains visible throughout play for everyone else to see.

The Object of the Game is to Remove All of the Cards from Your Hand by Matching Them With Either the Color Or Number on the Card in Front of You

The object of the game is to remove all of the cards from your hand by matching them with either the color or number on the card in front of you. The player who runs out of cards first is the winner. If you have a red 7, you can match it with a red 8 or a black 7.

If you have a black 3, you can match it with a black 4 or a red 3. And so on.

If You Can’T Match, Then You Must Draw a Card from the Deck And Try Again

If you’re playing a matching game and you can’t find a match, then you have to draw a card from the deck and try again. This might seem like a frustrating rule, but it’s actually a good way to keep the game moving. If everyone just kept drawing cards until they found a match, the game would take forever.

So, if you can’t find a match, just grab another card and keep going!

The First Player to Get Rid of All Their Cards Wins!

In the card game known as Last Card, the object of the game is to be the first player to get rid of all their cards. The game can be played with anywhere from two to ten players, using a regular deck of 52 cards. Jokers are not used in this game.

To begin, each player is dealt a hand of cards face down. The remaining cards are placed face down in the middle of the players, creating a draw pile. One card is then turned over to start a discard pile next to the draw pile.

Play begins with the player to the dealers left and proceeds clockwise around the table. On a player’s turn they must do one of two things: either draw one card from the draw pile or take all of the cards from the discard pile and add them to their hand. They then may either play one card or end their turn by discarding one card onto the discard pile.

Cards are played according to standard poker rules, with Ace high and Two low, except that there are no straights (runs of sequential numbers) in this game – only singles, pairs, three-of-a-kinds, etc. When playing a card or combination, it must be higher than any previously played combination during that particular hand (for example, if someone has just put down a pair of sixes, you cannot play a single six on your turn). After playing a card or combination, if anyone else at table can beat what you have just played (with a higher singlecard , pair , etc.), they may do so by playing their own higher card or combination on top

of yours . If this happens , you must pick up allcards that have been played since your last turnand add themto your hand .

The winner isthe first person who getsrid of all theircards . In caseof ag tie between twoor more players whereone player runs outof cardsat exactlythe same timeas anotherplayer( s ), then whoeverhas fewercardsin theirhandis declaredthe winner .


In “How to Play Something Wild,” author John Bradshaw offers some tips for how to add a little excitement to your life. He suggests trying new things, taking risks, and pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone. By doing so, you can not only make your life more interesting but also learn more about yourself.

Additionally, Bradshaw argues that playing it safe all the time can actually be quite boring. So if you’re looking for ways to spice up your life, why not give some of his suggestions a try?

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