hist-games: Dice Game

Musée Suisse du Jeu u.schaedler at msj.ch
Sun May 25 23:58:45 PDT 2003

I remember that this was one of the first dice games I learned when I was a
child (i.e in the 1960s). It was very popular in Germany. My parents and my
grandparents played it sometimes in bars and pubs. It was simply called "Auf
die 5000". The counting of the points is as you describe: 5 = 50, 1 = 100, 3
times a number = 100x. One more detail: If you roll two 5 you can turn one
to make a 1 and reuse the second die.
If you manage to lay aside all the 5 dice you write down the points and you
take up all the dice again to continue. Of course you are allowed to
interrupt your turn whenever you think you have enough points.
Scoring: Often people don't keep triples of 2 or 3, since they count only
200 and 300 points, but reroll these dice.

Best regards
Ulrich Schädler
Swiss Museum of Games
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> On the weekend I was introduced to a new dice game...I'm trying to figure
> out the name and history of the game as both were unknown by the person
> teaching me the rules...he thought it was called 'Sixes' but wasn't
> search on Google for the rules of sixes has brought me nothing ...it seems
> to be similar, but different from, Yahtzee...
> PThe game is played to 10, 000 points...a player must roll 1, 000 points
> one turn before they can start counting points...each turn after they have
> scored 1, 000 points they need to score at least 400 to count points for
> that turn...you want to roll as many 1's or 5's as possible, or at least
> three of a kind...a 1 is worth 100 points...a 5 is worth fifty...three of
> kind is worth 100 x the number (so three sixes is 600)...getting three or
> more 1's is worth a lot of points (can't remember how many)...
> So player one rolls the dice...s/he then sets aside any triples or
> better...if they don't have any they can set aside as many 1's or 5's as
> they want...any dice left over are rerolled...if you manage to set aside
> your dice you can reroll all six and keep adding the points...if you ever
> make a roll where you cannot set aside a 1, 5 or triple or better, your
> is over and you score no points that turn...play then proceeds to the next
> player...you can stop rolling at any time, but must have either 1, 000 or
> 400 (depending) to score your points for that turn...
> Does this sound familiar to anyone?
> Colyne
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