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Around the Spot

Any die with a spot in the center gets you points equal to the number of spots left on the die... Except one, that gives you one point. Why is that, anyway?

The Specs
History
How to Play
From the Player's Session...


THE SPECS
Players: 2 or more
What you'll need:
  • 3 standard dice (3d6)
  • Paper and pen/pencil


  • HISTORY
    I could make up the history behind Around the Spot if I wanted to, but instead I'll admit I know nothing about its folk origins. However, the simplicity and easy counting of scores off pips suggests it has been around for some time.

    HOW TO PLAY
    In Around the Spot, players take turns throwing three dice and adding up points gained by rolling dice with “spots,” or center pips. The first player starts by rolling all three dice. They add up the total points from all the dice with spots as follows:
    Ones = 1 point
    Threes = 2 points
    Fives = 4 points
    Take out the spot (red) and add up the points (blue)

    Each player gets three rolls, then adds up their total points for the round, and it becomes the enxt player’s turn. Game play continues for four rounds. If a player rolls a triple 2, 4, or 6, their score for that round is doubled. A subsequent roll of triple 2, 4, or 6 cancels out the doubling score. When a triple is rolled, however, it doesn’t count as one of the player’s three rolls.

    After four rounds, the player with the highest score wins.



    FROM THE PLAYER'S SESSION
    For more about the Brothers Graham Player's Sessions, click here.
    Kahlon's Review
    Jordan's Review
    Once I figured out the scoring for this one, it boosted my rating at least a point. At first, trying to remember what each die was worth was frustrating, but on our second time playing, we figured out the “take out the spot” scoring system and it all came together. It’s a really simple game, and would be a good one for a family game night or something, and the scoring is actually kind of cute, so I’m giving Around the Spot a three-face.


    I categorize this game as another quick, simple, and stress free time passer. It’s really easy so anyone can play using three dice, pen, and paper. As far as strategy goes there isn’t really any which is only a downside if you’re looking for a strategic game. Overall I liked it for what it was so my rating is a four face.


    The Final Word
    We both agreed that this game is simple but that it is meant to be a simple game. That being said we agreed on a four face rating. It’s a good family game where no one can say they aren’t “good” at it because it’s simply the “roll of the dice” with no strategic actions. So if you (and at least one other person) are looking for a quick little game to pass the time we say you should play Around the Spot.

    Final score:
    ^top

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