pirates and gangsters.

October 7, 2008

My brother taught me two new games this weekend during my trip home, Liar’s Dice and Cash ‘n Guns. Best part is that both games can be made at home, which saves $20-$30 each. Both games need at least 4 people and can be expanded as necessary to accommodate more.

Liar’s DIce is a bluffing game, most prominently featured in Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man’s Chest. It needs 5 dice and a cup per person. Each person shakes their dice, looks at what fell face up and then bids on how many of a specific number are face up among all the dice. The bid keeps increasing until someone calls a bluff. The dice are shown and whoever was wrong loses a die. You keep playing until only one person has dice left.

Cash ‘n Guns is a bit more complicated and could benefit from having the actual cards and toy guns, but it works quite well with a homemade version. The premise of the game is that you are gangsters splitting a pot of money. You load your gun with a bullet or a blank (you have only 3 bullets), and on the count of three everyone puts their guns up. Once you know who’s shooting who, everyone has the ability to back out (but that means you get no money). The shots are taken and those who aren’t shot get to split the pot; whoever has the most money at the end wins. Once the basics are down, you can throw in special abilities for each person, which just adds another twist.


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