Continuing with my project to create a list of great games you can play for free, this post features a quick and simple bluffing dice game.
Number of players: 2 – 10
Playing time: 20 minutes
You will need:
- 2 dice
- A dice cup
- A small mat to contain the dice within the dice cup
- Some chips
Little Max is played in rounds. In each round play progresses clockwise until one player is forced to take a chip. When one player has taken their third chip, the game ends and that player is the looser.
On each players turn, that player places the dice inside the cup and the mat and shakes. Ensuring that no one else can see, the player peeks at the dice (if they so wish) and declares any result they like. That player then passes the dice (still inside of the cup and the mat) to the next player.
The player who receives the dice can then either accept the result that has just been declared, or challenge it. If they accept the result, they can shake the dice themselves (or keep the same result passed to them) before declaring a result themselves and passing the dice to the next player. The result 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 result is at least as high as what was claimed, the player who made the challenge must take a chip. If however the result was lower than what was claimed, the player who made that claim must take a chip instead. The next round begins with the successful challenger/challenged of the previous round.
From lowest to highest, the order of results are as follows:
- Figures are any two different numbers (except 2 – 1) and are declared with the highest number in front. Larger figures are higher than smaller figures (e.g. ‘5 – 1’ is higher than ‘4 – 3’).
- Pairs are two numbers of equal value. Larger pairs are higher than smaller pairs.
- Little Max refers to the combination ‘2 – 1’ which is higher than all other result. Any player declaring this result must be challenged.
– Instead of the game ending when one player has taken three chips, the game can continue until all but one player has taken three chips. This player is then the winner.
– A really interesting variation on the rules is to allow players to pass the dice to anyone they wish (except the previous player), instead of simply clockwise.