How to Play Tenzi
Tenzi is a very simple dice game for 2 -4 players. It’s fast pace and lots of fun.
The object: Get all 10 of your dice to show the same number. (Yes, it can be any number, you pick!) I know it sounds almost too easy but believe me, it’s engaging and exciting.
1. Choose your color.
2. At “go,” everyone rolls all their dice at the same time.
3. After rolling, players look to see what number they have most then make that the number they will try to get 10 of.
See above? The most common number of yellow dice is 1. The player should now try to get 1s.
4. Keep rolling the remaining dice — only roll the dice that aren’t the number you want.
5. The first player to get all 10 of the same number shouts, “Tenzi” wins the game.
Tenzi Game Variations
If it’s only two players, we each use double sets of dice and try to get twentyzi. (I know, it’s not as catchy.)
Try to get 5 of one number and 5 of another number.
Add and Subtract
I haven’t done this yet but I think there are many possibilities for using addition and subtraction with Tenzi, don’t you? You could set a number such as 15 and the first one to get to it using addition or subtraction wins. Something along those lines.
But, wait! There’s more. . . .
In fact, there are 77 MORE ways to play Tenzi. At least according to this deck of Tenzi variation cards. Who knew!? 🙂
And that’s why Tenzi is the ultimate family game night game!
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