Yahtzee: Rules of Engagement…

Last year I taught littleb how to play Yahtzee.  He’s since become a master Yahtzee strategist.  He has also developed some interesting rules.

1.  If you are just one die away from getting Yahtzee you may have an extra turn.

2.  When one of the dice rolls off the playing table, all the dice must be shaken again.

3.  Unless you had a pretty good roll going.  And then you can just shake the one die

4.  Unless, of course, the one that rolled on the floor lands on the number you needed.   Then it counts and  no further dice rolling is required.

5.  If you are shaking the dice and someone offers an alternative strategy, the proper response is to continue on your chosen course.  If the result is not the one you were seeking, you may take your turn over in pursuit of the suggested strategy.  This is because the speaker should have spoken up before you started shaking the dice, in which case you would most certainly have followed their advice.

5.5  If someone starts to offer an alternative strategy before you start shaking the dice, you should immediately pick up the cup and start shaking it vigorously, pretending you never heard anything.  If things don’t work out, you should inquire, “Did you say something?  I couldn’t hear you over the dice.”  This auditory loop hole entitles you to one do over.

6.  If the new strategy also fails, you get an extra turn because the person advising you was obviously steering you in the wrong direction for his/her own benefit, which is cheating and very unattractive, not to mention disappointing.

7.  If you are shaking the dice and there is any interference at all from another player-a hand, a jostle, a sneeze-you may take another turn.  If necessary.

8.  Blowing on the dice helps you get the numbers you want and having everyone blow on your dice is extra good luck.

9.  Unless it is not, in which case you get an extra turn because it is not your fault that someone else’s halitosis breath ruined your roll.

10.  The rules above only apply to one player per game who shall be the youngest player.

11.  Everyone must be a very good sport and not cheat!

Chicken out

borrowed from:  http://ghiblicon.blogspot.com/2012/02/ghibli-blog-comix-lets-play-yahtzee.html
 For the record, littleb does not condone eating anyone’s dog

  14 comments for “Yahtzee: Rules of Engagement…

  1. February 27, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    Y'know, I think these ARE the actual rules. My kids knew them, too. So, obviously real.


  2. February 27, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    See also: Rules for Monopoly. 🙂



  3. February 27, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Ha! I love these rules. This also reminded me how much I used to love Yahtzee. I'm getting a new one next time I'm in town.


  4. February 28, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    Yes, I think I remember these rules from the last time I played board games with my grandson. There is also one that says, if in doubt who's turn it is…it is ALWAYS the little person's turn.


  5. February 28, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Kids are very flexible and inventive.


  6. March 1, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Yup, real as that rule about birthday cake not being fattening. Not. Unfortunately.


  7. March 1, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Oh God, do not even get me started on Monopoly! And now he wants to teach ME Stratego. I'm like, Dude, I don't wanna learn. Not unless there are special Mom rules.


  8. March 1, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Hi Shelly, I love Yahtzee, too. It's my favorite. Have fun!


  9. March 1, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Yes, Cheryl, it goes hand in hand with the one that says the little one always goes first.


  10. March 2, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Inventive, I'll give you, AC. We don't always see his flexible side, though, unless it is to his distinct advantage:-)


  11. dbs
    March 2, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    #11! I think you might have a natural leader there….


  12. March 2, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    Oh my.. he sounds like my older boy did as a child. Rest assured he's a great sport now and never cheats. Much. 😉


  13. March 3, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Hi DBS, yes, one would think, yet notice how 11 comes after 10…


  14. March 3, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Hi Hilary-we are working on him:-)


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