Buck Dice is a game that is played with three dice and any number of players.
To determine the order of play, each player must roll a single die. The order of turns is based on the players who roll the highest values. The player with the lowest score must roll a die again, the value that lands is the “point” or “target” number for the first game.
Each player then takes turns to roll all three dice with the hopes of landing the “point” value. Every time a player has one or more of their dice reveal the point value, they roll again. Every time the point value lands, the player earns a point.
Three point numbers in a single throw is known as “Big Buck” and the player who throws this, automatically withdraws from the game.
If a player throws a three-of-a-kind, of any number other than the point number, this is known as a “little buck” which is worth 5 points.
Once a player reaches 15 points, they withdraw from the game. However, if a player rolls and goes over 15 points, they must roll again.
Play continues until one player is left, the loser.
If the point value is 5 and a player rolls a 1, 3 and a 5 – they will be awarded with 1 point and will roll again. If they then land a 3, 3 and 3 – they will be awarded 5 points and their turn is over.
If the point value is 3 and a player rolls a 3, 3 and 6 – they will be awarded 2 points and will roll again. If their following turn lands 1, 2, 4 – their turn is over.
If the point value is 6 and the rolling player is already on 14 points, if they roll 3, 6, 6 – they will be on 16 points but will have to re-roll with the hopes of landing only one 6.
If the point value is 2 and a player rolls 2, 2, 2 – they automatically withdraw from the game.
Another version of this game states that if a player is on 13 points, they only roll 2 dice – or if a player is on 14 points, they only roll a single die.