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Old 05-03-2017, 09:21 AM
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#28- (Big?) Yahtzee
Yahtzee!

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Yahtzee! We've got another golden oldie here, dating back to the early 40s! Another childhood staple, Yahtzee is a marriage of two even older dice games, Yacht and Poker Dice. It's a simple dice game where players take turns rolling 5 dice, have two successive opportunities to re-roll some subset of those dice, and then have to plug the final result into a complicated scoring sheet, looking to make ~poker hands and score points. If there are no vacant boxes left to fit the dice rolled, then they need to strike out a box. The highest-scoring box is the titular "Yahtzee", which requires 5-of-a-kind and is worth 50 points (it also requires exclaiming "Yahtzee!", or at least this was a requirement in my house growing up). The person with the most points at the end of 13 rounds is the winner. That's it!

The gameplay is in deciding which of your dice that you'd like to re-roll, and in optimizing your final rolls by placing them appropriately in the score sheet and deciding which boxes to strike out. Still, the strategy is pretty limited in a game which is so heavily reliant on chance. You wouldn't know that from the early marketing, though! The first version of the game marketed under the name "Yahtzee" had the slogan "The Game That Makes You Think While Having Fun" and featured this fellow on the cover:


I think you might be overstating things just a bit, Professor Yahtzee!

Yahtzee may have been available for retail sale in pretty boxes since the 40s, but that's for chumps! All you really need for Yahtzee is a set of dice, and what you're paying for in those retail boxes is a dice cup, a rulebook, and a set of scorecards, none of which is strictly necessary! Yahtzee has the distinction of being one of my mother's favourite games, you see, and the first game that she ever taught me. As such, she can draw up a Yahtzee scorecard entirely from memory! Needless to say, young JBear was awed by this amazing power, although I never managed to inherit it.

So who else out there spent many a childhood afternoon consumed by the heady thrill of rolling dice?
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Old 05-03-2017, 09:30 AM
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The only thing I knew about how Yahtzee works before reading that post was that people roll dice and say "Yahtzee!" while playing it.
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Old 05-03-2017, 09:34 AM
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The only thing I knew about how Yahtzee works before reading that post was that people roll dice and say "Yahtzee!" while playing it.
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Old 05-03-2017, 09:40 AM
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I remember back when we had a computer that ran Windows ME, there was some sort of yahtzee game installed on it and I spent a good bit of time playing it. It had a variant with d4s, which was pretty neat.
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Old 05-03-2017, 09:43 AM
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My board game friends have a joke of calling every board game "basically Yahtzee" due to an overly critical review we once read on BGG.
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Old 05-03-2017, 09:46 AM
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It's no Pass the Pigs
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Old 05-03-2017, 09:52 AM
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loki knows what's up

yahtzee's fine but i guess i feel it's not very strategic nor social just based on the pacing. didn't remotely occur to me as a pick on the list but i'd certainly rather play it over stuff like monopoly, haha
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Old 05-03-2017, 09:59 AM
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There's a Yahtzee app that I play pretty regularly (largely because my wife does). It changes the rules so that Yahtzee bonuses may no longer be used as jokers -- you get the actual score of what you're putting down plus 50 (not 100!) points.

That's all fine, but what really gets me is that the five of a kind does not count as a full house. What's up with that, Hasbro?
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Old 05-03-2017, 10:10 AM
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Some of my friends are big Yahtzee fans, so I play with them every now and then. They have kids, so they're always looking for stuff that's a good balance between fun & accessible. Other big hits include (possible list spoilers) Mille Bornes, Maki Koro, and Harry Potter Clue. Yahtzee isn't my very favorite game, but it's still fun.
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Old 05-03-2017, 10:45 AM
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All you really need for Yahtzee is a set of dice, and what you're paying for in those retail boxes is a dice cup, a rulebook, and a set of scorecards, none of which is strictly necessary! Yahtzee has the distinction of being one of my mother's favourite games, you see, and the first game that she ever taught me. As such, she can draw up a Yahtzee scorecard entirely from memory! Needless to say, young JBear was awed by this amazing power, although I never managed to inherit it.
But how else would we get rupee colored dice?

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Old 05-03-2017, 10:46 AM
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that is a pretty baffling thing, to have been made
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Old 05-03-2017, 10:49 AM
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I have Mario Yahtzee, which comes in a question block and has Mario-themed faces on the dice. 1 is a coin, 2-5 are various powerups, and 6 is bafflingly a green shell.

The Zelda dice do nothing for me. Those colors do not remind me of rupees.
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Old 05-03-2017, 10:54 AM
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that is a pretty baffling thing, to have been made
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The Zelda dice do nothing for me.
But everyone says how much they love Zelda Randomizer...
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Old 05-03-2017, 10:56 AM
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I took a gamble and struck gold

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Old 05-03-2017, 10:58 AM
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I had no idea there were licensed versions of this game to rival monopoly



I guess monopoly doesn't have a monopoly on being like monopoly
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Old 05-03-2017, 11:02 AM
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I don't understaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand

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Old 05-03-2017, 11:34 AM
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The Yahtzee registered trademark can be applied to so many things. What could be more 2004 than Yahtzee Texas Hold'em?

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Old 05-03-2017, 11:43 AM
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I had no idea there were licensed versions of this game to rival monopoly



I guess monopoly doesn't have a monopoly on being like monopoly
<picard>There are six dice!</picard>

but seriously, why are there six
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Old 05-03-2017, 11:55 AM
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RANDOM GENERATE!

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Old 05-03-2017, 11:55 AM
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The sixth die is there as a reminder that you should have bought Zombie Dice instead.
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Old 05-03-2017, 11:58 AM
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I had to look it up. The sixth die is for the BATTLE YAHTZEE variant.

You attack opponents by making Yahtzee hands. Twice during the game, you can roll the CHANCE DIE. If you roll a grenade, you hurt yourself. If you roll a health kit, you heal yourself. If you roll a walker, you hurt every other player.
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Old 05-03-2017, 12:00 PM
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Some interesting franchise fusions...

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Old 05-03-2017, 12:28 PM
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In that one's defense, I bet Steven (the character) would love Steven Universe themed Yahtzee.
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Old 05-03-2017, 01:03 PM
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The only Yahtzee we had was Electronic Yahtzee, and I never played it with other people because it was a Toilet Game.
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Old 05-03-2017, 01:08 PM
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You have no idea how disappointed I am that a Google Image search for a version of Yahtzee with a toilet-shaped dice cup to use in reply to this came up empty.
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Old 05-03-2017, 01:21 PM
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The only Yahtzee we had was Electronic Yahtzee, and I never played it with other people because it was a Toilet Game.
I don't know if I've ever seen a copy of the electronic Tahtzee that wasn't a Toilet Game.

I think they grow there...
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Old 05-03-2017, 08:46 PM
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yahtzee's fine but i guess i feel it's not very strategic nor social just based on the pacing. didn't remotely occur to me as a pick on the list but i'd certainly rather play it over stuff like monopoly, haha
Pretty much this, but at least it requires you to think about optimization and probabilities. I would have no problem playing this game with my children.
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Old 05-03-2017, 09:15 PM
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Yahtzee: multiplayer solitaire before it was a phrase people used about Euros.

Actually, some of my family have a multiplayer set of rules for Klondike that didn't even occur to me to mention when that came up. Everyone gets a deck, anyone can play on anyone else's "foundation" piles, the ones people try to get rid of cards into... maybe one or two other rules.
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Old 05-03-2017, 09:25 PM
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You have no idea how disappointed I am that a Google Image search for a version of Yahtzee with a toilet-shaped dice cup to use in reply to this came up empty.
Maybe you could get the license and produce your own version.
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Old 05-04-2017, 05:42 AM
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I don't understaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand

If I had known about this, it might have been enough to get Yahtzee on my list.

(I haven't actually thought of the game Yahtzee in years. The only time it ever comes up in my life is when something good happens and I think of one of my grandmother's favorite exclamations - "Hotsy totsy, I got a Yahtzee!" - but even that phrase is more or less completely disassociated from the game for me.)
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