Farkle is a popular dice game that can be played with just a set of six dice and some paper for scoring. The rules are simple and easy to learn, but the game also involves some strategy and risk-taking. The objective of the game is to be the first player to reach 10,000 points or more on the final round of play.
What You Need to Play Farkle
Six dice (preferably of the same color and size)
A pen or pencil
A sheet of paper or a scorecard (you can download a printable PDF scorecard here)
Two or more players (the more, the merrier)
How to Play Farkle
Each player takes turns rolling the dice. When it's your turn, you roll all six dice at the same time.
You can score points by rolling certain combinations of dice, such as ones, fives, three of a kind, three pairs, a straight, or two triplets. See the scoring table below for details.
You must set aside at least one scoring die or combination after each roll. You can then choose to either end your turn and bank your points, or continue rolling the remaining dice for a chance to earn more points.
If you decide to keep rolling, you risk losing all the points you earned that turn if you roll a Farkle. A Farkle is when none of your dice have a scoring value. For example, if you roll 2, 3, 4, 4, 6, 6, that's a Farkle.
If you roll a Farkle, you lose all your points for that turn and pass the dice to the next player. If you roll three Farkles in a row, you also lose 1,000 points from your total score.
If you manage to use all six dice for scoring, you get to roll them all again. This is called \"hot dice\" and can help you rack up points quickly.
The game ends when one player reaches 10,000 points or more. That player goes out and triggers the final round. Each other player gets one more turn to try to beat the high score.
The player with the highest score above 10,000 points at the end of the final round wins the game.