Monday, May 9, 2011

The Dice Game

This is a game that was given to us by our sister one Christmas. Similar to Pass the Pigs, this game is fast, easy to learn, and extremely portable. It's about as inexpensive of a game as you can get too. All you need is six dice and paper and pencil for keeping score.


To be the first person to get to 10,000 points.


Rolling 5's and 1's are your money makers. For every 5 that is rolled you receive 50 points; 1's are worth 100. For every 5 and 1 you roll, set them aside and roll the remaining dice. If no 1's or 5's are rolled then your turn is over. No points are scored.

You may stop, or keep going for as long as you feel your luck will hold, but once you roll without a 5 or 1, then your turn is over and you do not receive any points for that round. If you continue to roll, and all 6 dice have been used and set aside, then you may keep going by picking up all 6 dice and continue to accumulate points.

          Example: Your first roll you roll 6, 3, 4, 5, 5, 2. You will set aside the two fives and roll the remaining dice. You have just scored 100 points. Now you will roll the remaining four dice. You roll a 1, 3, 3, 6. Set aside the one for another 100 points. Your total is now 200, and you have three dice left to roll. Continue in this fashion until you have either rolled with no 5's and 1's in your roll, ending your turn, or until you run out of dice and they are all set aside. Then you can pick them all up and continue your turn, starting again with 6 dice.

Other ways to earn points

* Three dice rolled with the same number is that number times 100; with the exception of the number 1, which you times by 1,000.

          example: Three 1's - 1,000 pts
                        Three 2's = 200 pts
                        Three 3's = 300 pts
                        Three 4's - 400 pts....... etc.
* If four of the same number is rolled it doubles the rule above

          example: Four 1's = 2,000 pts
                        Four 2's - 400 pts
                        Four 3's = 600 pts...... etc.

* If, in one roll, you get 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 you receive 750 points.

* You only have to set aside one dice per turn to stay in the round. So, if you happen to roll 1, 2, 2, 5, 3, 6 you have a 1 and a 5 that will get you points. Of course the 1 is worth more, so if you would like to just set aside the 1 and pick up the 5 to have a better chance of rolling a 1 your next roll, you may do so.

Smaller kids will, of course, need help keeping score but any age can roll dice: this is great because then everyone can feel like they are playing, and you can get everyone involved.

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