Hubby and I learned how to play the 10,000 dice game before we had kids. It’s a fun and simple game that’s easy to play with a ton of people or just a couple. Games like that tend to stick around.
In the last few months we’ve been playing games like crazy around here. 10,000 has made a strong come back. Big M even plays by himself (although his score is extremely high for those games… hmmm).
Have you ever played 10,000? It’s also called Farkle. If you haven’t you should give it a try. All you need are 6 dice and the directions. Click here to receive the printable directions..
Big M is 8 and Little M is 6. They both play without much help (we do give Little M a few strategy suggestions, but she makes her own decisions).
I love how much math is involved, even for the players who are not writing out the score.
10,000 dice game directions
Paper for Scoring
Dice Tray (optional)
The player with the highest score above 10,000 points on the final round wins.
How to Play
Decide who goes first by having everyone roll one die. Whoever has the highest number goes first. Play then continues to the left.
The first player rolls all 6 dice.
The player can decide to keep as many scoring dice as he/she chooses, but must keep at least one. (See scoring section). Place the scoring dice off to the side and roll the remaining dice. Again the player may keep as many scoring dice as he/she chooses, but must keep at least one. Place scoring dice off the side and roll remaining dice.
Play continues until:
- Player decides to stop and keep that score OR
- Player doesn’t roll any scoring dice and loses score OR
- Player has kept all 6 dice. In this case player MUST roll all 6 dice again adding to previous score.
Note: You must earn 1,000 to start scoring (meaning you can’t stop with 600). Once you reach a score of 1,000 or more you are “on the board”. Any turn after you are on the board you may keep any score you want (even if it is 100).
The Final Round
When a player reaches 10,000 (or passes 10,000), every other player gets one more roll. Player with highest score wins.
1- 100 points
5- 50 points
Three of a kind of 1 – 1000 points
Three of a kind of 2 – 200 points
Three of a kind of 3 – 300 points
Three of a kind of 4 – 400 points
Three of a kind of 5 – 500 points
Three of a kind of 6 – 600 points
For each number over three of a kind you double the amount (example 3 2’s =200, 4 2’s =400, 5 2’s =800, 6 2’s=1,600).
Pairs and Straights. When a player rolls 1,2,3,4,5,6 when rolling all 6 dice this is a Straight. When a player gets 3 sets of pairs when rolling 6 dice this is Pairs. Pairs and Straights are worth 5oo points.
Note: Three of a kind must all be rolled together. Rolling a 1 and then rolling another 1 and another 1 is 300. Rolling 3 1’s at a time is 1000.
PS… I wrote these directions up myself. If there is anything confusing please ask away!
10,000 dice game tray
One of the reasons we love 10,000 so much is that it’s portable. We have played on airplanes, while camping, at baseball games, while waiting at restaurants and in many delivery rooms. What makes it so easy to play anywhere is having a dice tray (we have one that was left over from a terrible game that ended up in the trash).
There is something special about our dice tray because it has an area to put the dice that aren’t being rolled. Since I don’t recommend you buy that yucky game just to get a dice tray, I went in search of a different option for you.
Make your own dice tray
It was really easy (and free) to make this dice tray. I used an old shoe box lid and a piece of thin cardboard (a cereal box would be perfect for this). Cutting a strip long enough to stretch across the box and fold along the sides worked pretty well, but making sure I had another strip to glue to the bottom of the box made it really sturdy. I used a hot glue gun to glue the strip in place. EASY!
Buy a dice tray
Have you played 10,000 before? Do you have the same rules?
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