this page is under construction
I’ve fallen out of love with this game as it currently stands, so I’m pulling it from my page until I get the kinks out. The game should be more about calling someone’s bluff than about rolling well, and while I have some ideas for how to fix it, it’s going to take a bit of work.  Stay tuned….

Can you tell when someone is bluffing?


the overview
Horsefeathers is a bluffing-and-betting dice game requiring only twelve 6-sided dice, a dice cup, a handful of tokens, and a box of poker chips in order to play. The goal is to have the most chips when the game is over (when all tokens have been taken from the center of the table). A game takes around 30 to 45 minutes. For 3-8 players.

Sounds good? Here are the rules. Not convinced? Read on….

the gist
Players roll one die each turn and add it to the dice that are already in the center of the table. These dice are grouped by number. When there is one die of a given number (say, one 6), it is referred to as a “single”; when there are two dice of a given number (say, two 3s), they are referred to as a “double”; there can never be three dice (a “triple”) of the same number in the center of the table.

When players roll their die, they conceal it under the dice cup and then declare its value. If, however, the number rolled would create a triple, then the player must call it something else. The player must lie.

Other players can challenge the declaration by calling “Horsefeathers.” If the rolling player was lying, then the challenge is successful and the challenger takes a token from the center of the table; the lying player is out of the round. If, on the other hand, the rolling player was telling the truth, then the challenger is out of the round.

the goal
The goal in each round is to be the last player standing — that player gets the pot of chips.

the end
Play continues in this fashion until the last token is taken. The current round is finished, payouts are made based on any token discrepancies, and then the chips are counted. The player with the most chips is the winner.

the rules
If you’d like to give it a try, here are the complete rules. Good, bad, or meh, I’d love to hear what you think of it.  :-)

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