How To Play Bunko

Looking for an easy game that can be played by the family or by a large group of friends? Bunko is one of the classic dice games for the entire gang. Bunko may seem complicated at first, but it is actually quite simple. Here are some steps for you to follow.

  • Positioning. First of all, you will need at least twelve players. This is why Bunko is a very group-friendly game, because you are required to have quite a large number of players. In some cases, however, the required number of players is not meant. In this case, you can substitute the missing players with just about anything - whether you're favorite toy or your cup of coffee. The important point is that there should be six teams, ideally composed of two members each. A team, however, may also be composed of only one team. The twelve members will then be divided into three tables with four members each. One table will be the low table, followed by the middle table, and finally, the high table.
  • Mechanics. Generally, the teams are the people who are facing each other. Each table, therefore, has two teams. On each table, there will be one person who will be assigned to keep scores. The game begins when one of the teams rolls the dice. There are three dice used. There are six rounds to a game. On the first round, the goal is to get the round number. In round one, the teams are aiming for 1. On round two, the teams are aiming for 2, et cetera. When a player manages to end up with three dice all with the same round number, a bonus of 21 points is given. Otherwise, only one point is awarded. If the dice does not end up with the required dice number, the next player takes his turn.
  • Scoring. Only one point is awarded each time the dice rolls correctly according to the round number. Generally, the game will continue until one of the teams from the high table gets a score of 21. When this happens, the game stops and all of the score keepers will be required to compare notes. The winning teams from the low table will go to the middle table. The winning team from the middle table moves up to the high table. The losing team from the high table will go to the low table. Each time the players move tables, this will be considered as an entire game. Because rolling dice is quite easy, however, you do not need to stop at only one game. You can keep on playing as long as you like.
  • Twists. Remember that Bunko is an old game that can be manipulated. You can add prizes, or you can create other punishments aside from moving to the lower table. For instance, the losing team from the high table may be forced to make sandwiches for the rest of the players.

With these easy steps, you should be able to play Bunko with your family or friends, for hours on end.


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