The exciting game of Yardzee developed from traditional Yahtzee, a tabletop game created in the 1940s. Yahtzee is played with five dice, and the object of the game is to get the highest score when you roll the dice. With Yardzee, the object and rules of the game are the same, but the dice are enlarged. Instead of throwing the dice on a table, you’ll throw them on your lawn! Read on to learn all you need to know about how to play Yardzee.
The rules of Yardzee
Yardzee is played in 13 rounds, and the player with the highest score at the end of the game wins. You’ll keep track of player scores with a scorecard that tells you the objectives for each round. Each player will take a turn, rolling the dice three times per turn to achieve one of the objectives on the score card.
When you’re finished with your turn, you decide which category works best for the dice you’ve rolled. You’ll mark down your score for the objective you’ve chosen, but you must choose wisely because that category is out of play for the rest of the game.
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How many players?
Yardzee can be played with as many players as you want. The more people you get to play, the more fun you’ll have.
Scoring in Yardzee
Scoring in Yardzee is somewhat complex at first, but even new players can get the hang of it quickly. In the upper section of the scorecard, your objective is to get “3of a kind.” For example, a roll of 4—4—3—4—1 adds up to 12 points for the 4’s category. If you’re able to roll three of a kind for each number 1—6, you get a bonus of 35 points.
The lower part of the scorecard contains categories that are a bit tough to fill. Here’s a rundown of the categories and their point value:
- 3 of a kind: score total of all dice
- 4 of a kind: score total of all dice
- Small Straight (sequence of 4 consecutive die faces): 30 points
- Large Straight (sequence of 5 consecutive die faces): 40 points
- Full House (a combination of 2 of a kind and 3 of a kind): 25 points
- Yardzee (5 of a kind): 50 points for your first Yardzee, 100 points for consecutive Yardzees
- Chance (use when your score can’t fit into a category):score total of die faces.
You get a score of 0 for categories where you can’t meet the requirements. Some players choose a score of 0 on some of the categories in the lower section of the scorecard, with the hope that they’ll be able to receive the bonus from the upper section. It all depends on your strategy, and how your opponents are performing.
Now that you know how to play Yardzee, you can play this exciting backyard game at your next picnic or barbecue. You’ll find that it’s a fun way to engage in some spirited competition!
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