Centennial

Centennial (also known as Martinetti or Ohio) is a simple race game similar to Everest, using three dice, some counters and a board. The board consists of 13 squares in a line, labeled Start, 1, 2, 3, ..., 10, 11, 12. It can be made of cardboard and decorated nicely or it can be scribbled on a piece of paper, depending on how much work you want to do!

Age: All ages

No. of players: 2-8

Equipment: 3 dice; One counter per player (coloured or marked so each player's counter is easily identified); Board (see below for instructions)

Time: 10 minutes+

Aim: To be the first player to move their counter from Start to 12 and back to 1.

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1. Each player puts their counter on the 'Start' square and rolls the dice to determine who starts the game (highest score goes first).

2. The first player throws all three dice together. If one of the dice is a '1', they can move their counter from Start to square '1'. They could also move to square '2' if there is a '2' or another '1' (since 1+1=2), and so on. If a player throws a 1, 2 and 3, they can move from Start to square '6' from that one throw (1, 2, 3 obviously; but 1+3=4, 2+3=5, and 1+2+3=6).

3. Player Two (to the first player's left) then rolls the dice and moves their counter (if possible), with each player continuing in a clockwise direction. One or more counters can occupy the same square. Once a player gets to square '12', their turns ends until the next round when they start trying to move back down the board from square '11' to square '1'. The first player to reach square '1' shouts "Centennial!" and wins the game.

4. If any player overlooks a number they could use, any other player who also needs that number can claim it and use it immediately. For example, if Player Three is on square '8' and throws '1', '5', and '4', they may see that 5+4=9 and move to square '9' but overlook that 1+5+4=10, which they could have used to move to square '10' as well. Another player who was already on square '9' could claim the '10' and move immediately to square '10', even though it wasn't their turn. (However, a player on square '5' could not claim 5+1=6, since Player Three did not need to throw a '6'.) Adults and older children may need to help younger children to see any numbers they could use.

Note: Centennial is also known by its alternate names of Ohio or Martinetti, but the rules are identical.


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