This game, for two or more players, has
long been popular in Northern France. Players roll dice
to cover (or flip) a set of numbers 1 to 9. The player
with the lowest score wins (or the person who manages to
close the box.)
- two dice
- a board (or a sheet
of paper!) with nine boxes numbered 1 to 9
counters used to cover the numbers during the course
of the game—in
some parts of the world, specifically made trays with
sliding or flipping tiles are used (as seen above)
Players aim to cover as many of the numbers as possible,
in accordance with the throws of the dice. High-numbered
boxes should be covered first, since it is the player
with the lowest score who wins.
Begins after a preliminary round has decided the first shooter
(usually the player with the highest roll of the dice).
Each play in turn throws the two dice, adding the spot
values and deciding which boxes to cover.
For example, a throw totaling 10 would
allow the player to cover these combinations:
Once the player has covered his chosen numbers,
they throw again and makes a further choice. Numbers that
have been covered up cannot be used. When
a player has covered up the three highest numbers (7,8,
and 9), only one die may be thrown. Continue throwing until
no combinations match the remaining numbers still uncovered.
The turn is complete and the uncovered numbers remaining
are totaled to constitute the score.
All the numbers on the board are once more
exposed and the dice are handed to the next player. Play
continues until everyone has a turn. The person with the
lowest score wins.
The rare fun part: If all the
numbers get covered during a turn, the box is closed and
that player wins. (It's good to slam the lid shut for full
Betting optional :
Create a pot and have folks ante up to play. This can be
as little as a quarter or as much as the market is willing