What is Farkle?

And how do I play it?

Put your friends on a roll with Farkle - the screwball dice game.

Farkle will make your friends roll - with grins and giggles! You can grab a few pals and get an evening of fun with this game that originates possibly from Renaissance days . . . or from Texas! Legend says the Texans discovered that dried Farkleberries would harden so the settlers could carve them into dice.

Who knows where this game came from? Farkle has been handed down through the generations and the rules may vary, depending on who you farkle with! Even the name is spelled a little differently: Don says "farkle"; Jane says "farkel." Some people actually use a different name: Wimp Out!, Hot Dice, Zilch, Zonk, and others. Any name you call it, Farkle is a blast.

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Note:If you have ever played "Ten Thousand" and "Press Your Luck", Farkle is sort of like these popular dice games.

Lots of Luck

Lady Luck is at the heart of this game. The goal is to roll the dice and accumulate up to 10,000 points. If you fail to score points, everyone yells "Farkle!" You then lose any points accumulated during your turn.

You can complete a game in twenty minutes, if no more than four people play. The game rules don't limit the number of players. However, up to eight players seems to work best. You can even get teams together. When teams play, the game goal to win is doubled to 20,000 points.

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I'm ready to farkle! What do I need?

Here's the equipment you need to play:

How do you choose who starts?

Each person rolls one die and the highest roll starts the game.

The first throw

At the start of your turn, you roll all six dice. If any dice are not lying flat or fall outside of the playing surface, you throw only the renegade dice again.

After each throw, you must take some or all of the points to continue on. You then set aside each die that you count. Throw all of the die that you didn't count. Score zero points on a roll? You just FARKLED!

The Farkle 500

To start accumulating points, you must score up to 500 points in one turn. Until you get at least 500 points in one turn, you can't start to collect points towards the 10,000 or more points that you must have to win.

Note: Not everyone plays with the 500 point requirement

The low-down on scoring

You count the points for each throw separately. If all six die show points, then you must throw all six again.

As you roll, you look for sets. To continue your throws, you must have a set. Sets are different dice with the following combinations of spots:

For each throw, you can set aside those dice that form a set. You can then roll all the remaining dice to score another set. Or, if all six dice form a set, you can roll all six of them again to score additional sets.

If you don't score any points during a roll, well, you know you have just FARKLED! You must forfeit all the points that you scored up to that roll during your turn.

Feeling cautious? You don't have to continue your roll. You can keep the points you have accumulated and pass to the next player.

If you score points during a roll, you add the points to your total.

Sets

You cannot count the results of two different throws as a set.

SinglesCombinations
RollPointsRollPoints
Ones100Straight (1,2,3,4,5,6 in any order)1500
Fives50Triple Double(3 pairs)500
Three of a KindFour of a Kind
RollPointsRollPoints
Ones1000Ones2000
Twos200Twos400
Threes300Threes600
Fours400Fours800
Fives500Fives1000
Sixes600Sixes1200
Five of a KindSix of a Kind
RollPointsRollPoints
Ones4000Ones8000
Twos800Twos1600
Threes1200Threes2400
Fours1600Fours3200
Fives2000Fives4000
Sixes2400Sixes4800

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Winning

When you reach a cumulative score of 10,000 points, this starts the final round of dice throwing. After you reach 10,000, each of your friends gets one more turn to try and pass your score. When the last player finishes, the player with the most points wins.