Drop Dead

Drop Dead is a simple dice game for adults and older children, although younger children can also play with an adult to supervise and score.

Age: All ages (with adult supervision)

No. of players: 2 or more

Equipment: Five dice; Pen and paper for scoring

Time: 5 minutes+

Aim: To have the highest score at the end of the game.

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1. Each player throws one die to determine who goes first (dice is the plural of die). Lowest number throws first. Play continues in a clockwise direction.

2. Player One throws all five dice. If any of the dice show a '2' or a '5', those dice are removed and no score is recorded. If no '2's or '5's appear, score the total number shown. Player One continues throwing any remaining dice, removing '2's and '5's and scoring any rounds with no '2's or '5's until all the dice have been removed and the player "drops dead".

3. Player Two then has a turn until they too drop dead, and so on for each of the other players.

4. The player with the highest score when the last player has been eliminated wins the game.

Variation: The game can be played with only one die if you don't have five dice. A score card is used, with each player's name, running score and the number of dice they have left (starting at five). Players take it in turns to throw the die once. If it is a '2' or a '5', their number of dice is reduced on their score card; otherwise their score increases by the number shown. When a player's number of dice reaches zero, they are eliminated. The player with the highest score when the last player has been eliminated wins the game.

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