Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Farkle Dice Game

The classic dice-rolling, risk-taking game (to buy or DIY)
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The classic dice-rolling, risk-taking game (to buy or DIY)

This widely played, wildly popular game of greed and goading has been around for centuries in one form or another. Commercial versions are available for $10 or less. The Patch Products version of Farkle is little more than 6 dice, a shaker, pad of score sheets, and rules.

It’s easy enough to create your own kit. Simply pack 6 dice, pen and paper, and print out some rules from a website like Farklerules.com before you go. Rules vary quite a bit from one region to another and even differ between 5- and 6-dice versions.
While the rules are too long to detail here, my fourth grader learned them in two minutes and loved the game (the game is good for 2 to 8 players, ages 5 and up).

Each player takes turns rolling six dice trying to score points. For instance, each 1 is worth 100 points, and each 5 is worth 50. A straight (1-2-3-4-5-6) is worth 1,000 points. If players score any points in the initial 6-dice roll, they can remove the scoring dice from play, and either bank their points or continue rolling. When a player does not get any points on a roll, it’s a “farkle.” Once a player farkles, they lose the points they accumulated in that turn and pass the dice to the next player. Warning: Farkle is known to be addictive. Good luck!