Farkle is a fun dice game that can be played by people of all ages. While there are variations to the rules, each version of the game is very similar. The summary I am providing is based on the rules that are played in my house. Feel free to tweak the rules as you see fit.
A great thing about Farkle is that very little set up is required. All that are needed are six dice, a pen, and a piece of paper.
The object of Farkle is to roll the dice and receive points based on the combination of dice that you roll. But be careful, because if you continue to roll, but do not score, then you lose all of the points that you accrued during that round. The first player to 10,000 points is crowned the winner.
- Single 1's - 100 points
- Single 5's - 50 points
- Other single numbers are not worth points. In order to get points for them, you must roll at least three of that number.
- Three 1's - 300 points (although some rules allow 1,000 points for three 1's)
- Three 2's - 200 points
- Three 3's - 300 points
- Three 4's - 400 points
- Three 5's - 500 points
- Three 6's - 600 points
- Four of a kind (any number) - 1,000 points
- Five of a kind (any number) - 2,000 points
- Six of a kind (any number) - 3,000 points
- 1-6 straight - 1,500 points
- Three pairs - 1,500 points
- Four of any number with a pair - 1,500 points
- Two triplets - 2,500 points
- Dice from multiple rolls cannot be added together. For example, if you roll one 5 for 50 points, then on your subsequent roll, you roll two 5's, you now have 150 points. You cannot combine them to make 500 points.
All players roll one die. The player with the highest number goes first. On your turn you roll all 6 dice. You then add up the point totals that you accrued on that roll. The dice that scored are set aside and you then have a decision to make. If you are happy with the point total for that round you can stop and keep the points you earned. The scorekeeper writes down your points for that round. Or you can continue to roll the dice. If you roll more points they are added to your running total for the round. If you do not roll anything that scores, that is called a Farkle. You receive 0 points for this round and your turn is over. You are allowed to continue to roll as long as you keep rolling dice that score. At anytime you may stop. If all 6 dice score and you want to continue rolling, then you can roll all six dice again. But beware, if you Farkle you still lose all the points you have accrued for this round. Once your turn is over play passes to the player on your left.
One note on scoring is that before you can bank your score for the first time, you must have at least 500 points. Once you have banked 500 points, then on subsequent turns you may stop and bank your points at any time.
Play continues until one player's total score is 10,000 points. Once that happens, all other players then have one last chance to beat the high score. Whoever has the highest point total after this last round is the winner!
Farkle is a fun dice game that anyone can play. For kids, it can even help with math skills and provide fun entertainment. For everyone else, it is a fun dice game that is just a great way to spend some time with friends and family.