played with six ordinary dice
, which originated in medieval England
. The standard version doesn't necessarily
, but, it doesn't hurt.
Rules of Farkle
- Any number can play, but it's more fun with at least 3.
- Highest roll of a single die goes first.
- Begin your turn by rolling all six dice. Points are scored as follows (this is a typcial scoring pattern; variation does exist!):
Ones: 100 points each
Fives: 50 points each
Three of a kind: Face value * 100 (e.g., 3 twos = 200 points)
Three ones: 1000 points
Three pair: 1000 points
Full straight (1-6): 1000 points
- After each throw, you can set aside the dice that count points, and
throw the remaining dice.
- If all 6 dice count points, you must roll all 6 again.
- If in any throw, no points are made, your turn is over and you lose the points you have accumulated so far in that turn. My friend, you have Farkled.
- You can quit throwing at any time during your turn. You get to keep the points of that turn only if they are more than 500.
- Once a player reaches 10,000 points, the other players each get one more roll (not a whole turn). The person with the highest score wins.
So, the next time you hear someone say "Oh, farkle", you will know what they are talking about!