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Medha Godbole

Dice games are fun and perfect to play when there is a nice group around. Here's more on how to play them.

As a kid, I used to enjoy playing dice games a lot. They are total fun and a great way to pass time. To think that even the pharaohs of Egypt have been playing them makes them all the more special. What it means is that, dice games are also the oldest form of games to have been recorded as played. While some games require 5 to 6 dice, others can be played with a single or a coupe of dice as well. Adults as well as kids can equally enjoy these games.

This is an interesting game, and if played with kids, it can definitely improve their maths.

- Before you start playing, fix a final score. For instance, all the players will play till a player reaches 400 or 800, or even 1,500 points.
- For this game, you require two dice and a score pad.

- One player will be selected to start the game.
- Throw both the dice, and at the same time keep a tally of your score.
- Until one player gets a 7, his turn will continue.
- Once you get a 7, pass on the dice to the other player, and write your score.

- Add the numbers which came on the dice after every roll. To explain it better, let's say you roll a 4 and 6. You will have a score of 10.
- Now after you get a 7, add the tally and note it down.
- If you get doubles in a roll, you would gain a double score.
- For example, if you roll a 5 and 5, that is 10, the points you get for that throw doubles to 20.

Okay, this is a similar game, though the score is much higher, and it is played with 6 dice.

- Roll all the six dice at once.
- Now the catch is that, minimum 1 scoring die has to be taken aside with each roll, so that the player can continue his or her turn.
- When a player has 300 points in his kitty, he can choose to bank the points or carry on.

- If a player no more rolls a scoring dice, he or she is 'zilch', with a zero score. On the other hand, if a player uses all the six dice as scoring dice, he can roll all of them again to add more points.
- The next player will play if the previous player banks the points or scores zilch.

- Even after a player reaches 10,000 points, the others are permitted to attempt and get as close to that player as they can.
- At the end of the round, the player who has the most points is the winner.

This is also called 'straight shooter', and is played with 6 dice.

- Each player rolls the dice in turn, and scores for a sequence of consecutive numbers, starting from 1.
- If 2 or more of the same number are rolled, only one will count.

- If a roll has three 1s, the score of that player is canceled, and the game starts all over.
- The first player to get to 100 points wins.
- The scoring system goes like, for 1 on the dice you get 5 points, 1 and 2, you get 10, and so on.

Also known as the Yankee Grab and New Market, this is a fast game, best enjoyed when there are more than 4 players. You need only 3 dice for the game.

- A player gets to roll the dice thrice. The highest number on the first roll is put aside.
- Even if 2 or more dice have the highest number, only one is kept to the side.

- The other 2 dice are rolled once again, and again the highest-numbered dice is put aside.
- The final dice is then rolled, and finally, the total of the 3 is the player's total, and is counted as his score.
- A round is won by the person having the highest score.
- After a set number of rounds, the person winning the maximum number of rounds is the winner.

Well, these were some other dice games, apart from poker dice and craps, for example.