Games you can play for free – Chicago

Continuing with my project to create a list of great games you can play for free, this post features a nice simple dice game. A nice aspect of this game is that players aim to avoid collecting chips in the first phase and aim to get rid of the chips they have collected in the second phase.


Number of players: 3 – 6

Playing time: 20 minutes

You will need:

  • 3 dice
  • Twice the number of chips than there are players

In the first phase of the game, players aim to avoid having to take a chip. Players take in turn (in clockwise order) to roll the three die. The first player has a maximum of three throws. After each throw, that player may set aside any number of dice; however, any dice that have been set aside may not be re-thrown. The first player can choose to end their turn after one, two or three rolls of the die. All players thereafter may not roll more times than the first player. The round ends when all players have had a turn. Players take in turns to go first in a round.

All players score according the following criteria: Each 1 scores 100 points, each 6 scores 60 points and all other numbers score equal to their face value. For example, if the dice show 1, 4, 6; that player will score 164 points. The player who has the lowest score at the end of the round has to take a chip. If more than one player finishes with the lowest score, the player who went last in the round takes the chip.

Once all chips have been taken, any players who have not got any chips become the winner. If all players have at least one chip, the game proceeds to the second round where the aim of players is to get rid of all their chips.

The second round is similar to the first; however, instead of the player with the lowest score taking a chip, the player with the highest score discards a chip. If more than one players finish with the highest score, the player who went first in the round discards the chip. In the second phase of the game, the player with the most chips starts the first round. For all rounds thereafter, players take in turn to go first.

The winner is the first player to discard all their chips.


More fireworks

Tonight was the annual fireworks display at the University of Bath. Strangely, it took place on the 6th november, the day after Guy Fawkes Night; whilst the display in the city centre took place on the 4th, the day before Guy Fawkes Night.  Following the fireworks, there was a funfair.