hist-games: Hazard 2 vs 3 dice?

Chas webmaster at historicgames.com
Thu Apr 3 05:44:50 PST 2003


Someone recently gave me their own translation of some of the dice games
from Alphonso X's Book of Games. What the MS calls Hazard appears to be
a 3-dice game (see below) since the highest roll is an 18. Anyone know
the source for the earliest description of 2-dice Hazard (which seems to
be what most modern books describe).

Chas
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The game called Hazard

There is another dice game called Hazard and it is played like this:if
the first player rolls 15, 16, 17, 18 or their opposites 6, 5, 4, or 3
then he wins. Any one of these numbers, rolled in any of the
combinations described for the games above, is called Hazard. 

If the first player does not roll a Hazard and rolls more than six but
less than fifteen, in any of the combinations described for the games
above, and then another player rolls a Hazard that is Re-Hazard and the
first player loses. 

If the second player does not roll Hazard then its Re-Hazard again and
he takes his number, one of those above 6 and below 15, however it is
rolled. Then they take turns rolling until one rolls a Hazard or his own
Re-Hazard and wins or the other’s Re-Hazard and loses. If they both roll
the same first number, that is called Evens and neither wins until that
same number is rolled again, in the combinations described above. 
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My interpretation of the above

The first player wins if he rolls a 15, 16, 17, 18 (the four highest
possible scores) or their opposites 6, 5, 4, or  3 (the four lowest
possible scores). These numbers, are called “Hazards”. If the first
player does not roll a Hazard, and second player, does roll a Hazard the
second player wins.

If the neither player rolls a Hazard on his first try, the scores they
rolled are called “Re-hazard” and become new goals, or nicks. The player
take turns continuing to roll the dice until one othem wins by rolling a
Hazard, or his own Re-Hazard, or rolls his opponent’s Re-Hazard and
loses. If they both roll the same first number, it was called “Evens”
and the first player to roll that number again wins.



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