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Bowling Dice

Bowling? With dice? What more could you want?

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


THE SPECS
Players: 1 or more
What you'll need:
  • 2 standard dice (2d6)
  • Scorecard


  • HISTORY
    Ah, another Brothers Graham original. We came up with it... The dice version, not bowling itself, or course.

    HOW TO PLAY
    Just like bowling, each turn consists of two throws. The first throw is done with two dice. If they land on pairs, or a 5-6, then it is considered a strike. If they land on any other combination, the higher of the two dice is set aside, and the other is thrown. If it lands on a 6, 5, or the same number as the die set aside, it is considered a spare. If it lands on anything else, then that number is the points for the second throw, and the first die is the points for the first throw. The only exception is if the total of the dice in the second throw adds up to 10, it is considered a spare (as is the case with a 6-4). Score is kept just like real bowling, with the winner being the player with the highest score after ten frames.

    FIRST ROLL
    RollResult
    PairStrike
    5-6Strike
    SECOND ROLL
    6Spare
    5Spare
    Same as
    other die
    Spare

    Scorekeeping:
    Hereís a quick refresher on how score is kept in bowling. Points in each frame are equal to the sum of both throws in that frame. A spare is equal to ten plus the next throw. A strike is equal to ten plus the next two throws. If a strike or spare (a mark) is thrown in the last frame, one more throw is allowed. The heighest possible score is a 300 (strikes in every frame).



    FROM THE PLAYER'S SESSION
    For more about the Brothers Graham Player's Sessions, click here.
    Kahlon's Review
    Jordan's Review
    Itís kind of hard to review a game you came up with, but we canít take all the credit. The game of bowling is awesome. Where else can you throw heavy objects with the singular goal of striking other heavy objects? Unfortunately, we removed that aspect of the game and replaced it with chance. In the spirit of other dice-conversion games (such as Blackjack) we tried to stay as true to the original game as possible, while still retaining the fun-value. And with Bowling Dice, I think we did a pretty good job.


    This Brothers Graham Original is pretty sweet, especially if youíre into bowling. While I canít say it has all the same thrills as real bowling, I can say that the scoring has been worked out pretty realistically and you have a better chance of winning if you suck at regular bowling (like me). The downside is that thereís no room for strategy like when youíre playing at the lanes. However, itís fun because it doesnít take too long to play a round and everyone can play. No balloons will fall from the ceiling if you score over 250 and thereís no overpriced greasy French Fries served by a 60 year old woman in a skirt but you should still play it!!


    The Final Word
    We donít want to blow our own horn, but we really do enjoy this one. The combinations are good, the odds work well, and itís cheaper than going to the alley! A four-face rating is a strike for sure!

    Final score:
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