The main object of the game
The object of this dice game is to get the highest score that you possibly can, as the player that has the high score at the game’s end is the winner. A group of people can play this game and it can also be played with just one player in a solo game. There are 13 rounds to be played in each game of Yahtzee.
As each person completes their roll, they are to enter a score in one of the 13 categories that are listed on the score card. None of the categories are to be left blank and each category can only contain one score. This is a rule that often means towards the end of the game’s play that a person may have to place a score of 0 in one or more categories.
The scores that can be placed in each of the available categories are determined by a specific game rule that is stated for each particular category. When a score has been placed in each of the categories listed, the game is over. There are many people that find it beneficial to use different strategies whenever they can. This simply helps to maximize the score they achieve at the end of the game.
Rolling the Yahtzee dice
Each game player is allowed to roll the dice a total of three times during each of their turns. When it is a player’s turn to roll the dice, they are to roll all five dice. After rolling, the player can then choose to roll all five dice again or they can select certain dice that are to be left aside and unrolled during the second roll of the dice. Another option that each player has is they can choose to stop after the first roll and enter a score from the dice in one of the categories listed on the score pad. One the second roll of the dice, players can select certain dice they do not wish to roll again in their third roll, they can choose to re-roll all of the dice again and they can also choose to enter a score in a category on the score pad without using their third roll. For the third role the rules are the same as the first and second rolls. The player can choose to roll all the dice again or they can select certain dice that are to be left aside and remain unrolled during the third and final roll of the dice.
After a player has either stopped after rolling the dice on their first and second rolls of the dice or they have used all three rolls, they must then place a score in one of the open categories available on the score pad.
The process of rolling the dice above is to be repeated by each player until they have placed a score in each of the 13 available categories listed on the score pad. This is the point in which the game is over.
The scoring of each play in a Yahtzee game
You will notice that there are two different sections that are listed on each Yahtzee score pad. There is a section towards the top for upper scores and there is a section towards the bottom for lower scores.
Once a player has completed all three rolls of the dice when it is their turn, they will need to insert a score in one of the 13 categories that are listed on the score pad, even if the score they post is a 0. If there is a score they have already placed in a specific category, the player is unable to place another score in that same category during the rest of the game play. After a score has been placed in either the upper or lower section on the score pad, players are unable to change the score at any time during the remainder of the game.
Bonus score that can be applied in a Yahtzee game
After all 13 categories have been filled in with a score, the total is to be tallied for the upper scores and the total for the lower scores is to be tallied up separately. By obtaining a score of 63 or higher on the upper section on the score pad, the player is then awarded 35 extra bonus points.