Continuing with my project to create a list of great games you can play for free, this post features a bluffing dice game along the lines of Little Max. Liar Dice however, uses poker combinations to make it more complex than the aforementioned game.
Number of players: 2 – 6
Playing time: 20 minutes
You will need:
- 5 dice (or 5 poker dice)
- A dice cup
- Some chips
Liar Dice is played in rounds. In each round play progresses clockwise until one player is forced to take a chip. When a player is forced to take their third chip, they are out of the game. The last player left in the game is the winner.
On the first players turn, that player rolls all five dice. Ensuring that no one else can see, the player peeks at the dice (if they so wish) and declares any poker combination they like, saying the values of all five dice. The dice are placed underneath the cup and passed undisturbed to the next player.
The player who receives the dice can then either accept the poker combination that has just been declared, or challenge it. If they accept the result, they can re-roll as many of the five dice as they like, informing the other players of how many dice are being re-rolled (or keep the same dice passed to them) before declaring a poker combination themselves and passing the dice, under the cup, to the next player. The poker combination that they claim must be higher than the previous one. If instead, the player challenges the result, they must lift up the cup to reveal the dice. If the poker combination is at least as high as what was claimed, the player who made the challenge must take a chip. If however the poker combination was lower than what was claimed, the player who made that claim must take a chip instead. The next round begins with the challenger of the previous round (or in the case that they are out of the game, the person to their left).
From lowest to highest, the order of poker combinations are as follows:
- One pair is two dice showing the same number (e.g. 1, 2, 2, 3, 6).
- Two pairs (e.g. 1, 1, 3, 3, 4).
- Triplet is three dice showing the same number (e.g. 1, 3, 3, 3, 5).
- Straight is five consecutive numbers (e.g. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).
- Full house is one pair and one triplet (e.g. 2, 2, 4, 4, 4).
- Four-of-a-kind is four dice showing the same number (e.g. 2, 6, 6, 6, 6).
- Five-of-a-kind is all five dice showing the same number (e.g. 2, 2, 2, 2, 2).
In the case of two poker combinations being of the same rank (e.g. two full houses), the combination whose main feature contains the highest number is ranked highest. In the case of two full houses, the main feature would be the triplet. If the numbers of the main feature are also identical, the combination whose secondary feature contains the highest number if ranked highest. If the numbers of the secondary feature are also identical, the combination with the highest single die is ranked the highest ect…
- It should be noted that when using dice (as opposed to cards), a straight is less likely to be rolled than a full house (hence its higher score in Yahtzee). If players so wish, they may decide before the game that straights be ranked higher than full houses.
- A two player variant has each player have their own set of five dice. Therefore, they are trying to better their own poker combination, not the communal one.