This is a dice game that my sister taught me to play three years ago. The name of the game is “Oh Shit”, and if you play long enough, you will most assuredly say these very words. If your dice grow cold, I imagine you’ll say the name of the game more often than not. It is a very good game and when we take breaks and want to relax, we call each other (3,000 miles away), and shake the dice into the receiver. We are very good about taking turns keeping score and we always play by the honor code. No cheating. Besides it isn’t fun if you do. Cheating is cheating yourself … remember that.
The first thing you must do is decide “Who gets to roll first”. The game consists of six dice. You roll one dice and whoever rolls a one, then a five, then six, four, three or a two, in this order, goes first. You do not “Get On The Board”, until you roll a minimum of 1,000 points or more in one turn. After that there is no minimum score to reach. The “Goal of the game” is to score 10,000 points for a win.
Ones = 100 points
Fives = 50 points
If you roll six of any kind it is an automatic win. I haven’t ever seen this done … yet.
3 ones = 1,000 // 4 one’s = 2,000 // 5 ones = 3,000 points
3 (twos, threes, fours, fives, sixes) = 200, = 300, = 400, = 500, = 600 points
4 (twos, threes, fours, fives, sixes) = 1,000 points
5 (twos, threes, fours, fives, sixes) = 2,000 points
Triple Doubles = 1,000 points
Double Triples = 1,500 points
Straight = 1,000 points (1-2-3-4-5-6)
Taking a turn:
Roll all six dice. See if you scored any points. Let’s use this example: You have rolled 2 threes, 1 five, 1 four, 2 sixes. You have scored 50 points. You must reach 1,000 points to get on the board, so put the five aside and roll the remaining five dice. This time you roll 3 ones and 1 two and 1 six. You’ve scored another 1,000 points making your score 1,050 points. You are on the board unless you decide to throw the last two dice … you could toss away your scoring points if you do not roll fives or ones.
Whenever you have a scoring throw and you end up with doubles you are required to throw the two dice again. If you are fortunate to throw doubles twice more, you then add 1,000 to your original score. Example: You throw 3 twos, 1 five, 2 fours. 200 + 50 = 250 points and double fours. The rules state you must throw again. If you throw either ones or fives as your second doubles, then you take the points and can stop. If however, you throw double fives or double ones on the last throw for doubles, you would then add the 1,000 points to your original scoring points (within this turn).
When a player reaches 8,000 or more points, that player may stop only one time in-between 8,000 and 10,000 points. It is best to get as close to 7,950 points before rolling for a higher score over 8,000 points. Were you to score and stop at 8,350 points, you must score a minimum of 1,650 points on your next roll(s) in order to cross the 10,000 goal. All opponents get one more chance to beat you.
… And all the dice
Whenever all of your dice score, you have the option to continue rolling until you decide to stop or you throw away your score. Good Luck!