Posted by Dice Game Depot on April 23, 2014
This lively, free dice game is for 2 or more players, and uses lots of chips and an interesting scoring mechanism.
You'll need three six-sided dice and 20 chips or counters per player. (Poker chips will work, or M&Ms, or glass stones, or any other type of counter you have on hand.) The winner of the game is the first player to lose all their chips.
Each player begins the game with 20 chips. (If you wish, you can increase or decrease this number for a longer or shorter game.)
The first player may roll the dice up to three times in an attempt to get as high a score as possible. (See How do you score? below.) They may stop rolling after the first or second roll if they wish.
The other players, in turn, then try to roll a higher score in the same number or fewer rolls than the first player.
Once all players have had a turn, the player with the lowest score receives a number of chips from the other players. The number of chips they receive depends on the hand of the player who rolled the highest score. The loser receives:
The winner of the previous round rolls first in the next round.
Players continue playing rounds until one player has no chips remaining.
The highest ranking combinations are shown in descending order:
All other combinations rank as a sum of the three dice added together:
If a player were to throw one the following combinations, they would receive the score shown.
1,4,5 = 109 points
2,3,6 = 65 points
1,5,5 = 110 points
2,4,5 = 11 points
3,2,2 = 7 points
This example shows a round with five players:
Player 4 is the loser for the round. She receives 4 chips from each player because the highest roll was a Zanzibar.
The first player to get rid of all of their chips wins.
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This variant is the same as regular Zanzibar except the sum of combinations are only their face value. Ones and sixes are only worth 1 point and 6 points respectively instead of 100 points and 60 points.
Alternative Chip Distribution
This variant is the same as regular Zanzibar except the losing player receives a number of chips from each other player based on each player's score instead of just the winner's score. In the Round Example above, Player 4 would receive three chips from Player 1 (for having a three-of-a-kind), two chips from Player 2, four chips from Player 3, and one chip from Player 5.