Crossdice

Number of players
2-10
Recommended age
7+
Competition type
all vs. all
Playing time
5
-25 min
Difficulty
Normal
Cost or investment

Brief description of the game

Crossdice is the name we have given to this Scrabble-like crossword game in which the letters to be used to form the words are chosen at random by rolling dice with letters instead of numbers.
Crossdice = crosswords game with letter dice
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Example of the cross word game with CrossDice

How to play CROSSDICE

Set up before start playing

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PLAYERS

Crossdice is a game for between 2 and 10 players, from 7 years old. For six players or more we recommend playing in pairs. For six players or more we recommend playing in pairs.

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REQUIRED OBJECTS

You need a pack of letter dice with scores, a stopwatch to control the duration of each turn and something to write down the points obtained in each turn.

We bought this nice dice pack at a great price on Amazon, which also includes a dice cup and an hourglass.

Dados de letras
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DECIDE THE TIME IN TURN

You should agree on how much time each player will have to create their words. We recommend 1 minute.

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DECIDE HOW MANY ROUNDS

Crossdice is played in several rounds. We recommend starting with a 4 round game.

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WHO'S FIRST?

The youngest player starts and the turn is passed to the player on his right.

Goal of the game

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¿QUÉ HAY QUE HACER PARA GANAR?

The goal in Crossdice is to score as many points as possible with the words created from the letters obtained after rolling the dice.

"Crossdice" rules: playing a game

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A TURN OF THE GAME

The player whose turn it is throws all the dice and, within the established time, tries to create as many words as he can horizontally or vertically with the letters that have come out, linking those words together by means of some letter.

Crossdice = crosswords game with letter dice
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ADD UP THE POINTS

When the time is up, add up the points of the letters used, taking into account that :

  1. The letters joining two words add up to two times.
  2. The score of the unused letters is subtracted.
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RULE 1 - ABOUT VOWELS

If a single vowel or no vowel is rolled, the dice can be re-rolled to change the letters.

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RULE 2 - ABOUT VALID WORDS

No proper names, no verb tenses, no words in other languages, no abbreviations, much less invented words.

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RULE 3 - ABOUT A POSSIBLE JOKER

Some packs of letter dice have a die with a joker on one side. The joker can be used as any letter but does not add points. If it has been used to join two words in both words, it must symbolize the same letter.

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RULE 4 - NO AID

During a turn it is not possible to consult anywhere whether a word is valid or not.

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FOLLOWING TURNS...

Once the points have been scored, it is the turn of the player on the right.

Game over. Who wins?

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GAME OVER

The game ends when all the rounds agreed upon before the start of the game have been completed.

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AND THE WINNER IS...

At that moment, the points obtained in each lap are added up. The player with the most points is the winner.

Tips for playing "Crossdice"

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TIP 1 - DICTIONARY

You can use a dictionary as a judge: only words that are in that dictionary are valid. And that’s all.

Variants

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PLAY IN PAIRS

If you play in pairs, both players can speak and actively participate in the creation of the words during their turn.

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ANOTHER END - BY TIME

Instead of playing 4 rounds you can set a time limit, for example one hour, always ending the current round when the time expires.

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ANOTHER END - REACHING A NUMBER OF POINTS

In this variant the game ends when a player reaches a certain number of points, for example 100 points, always ending the round in progress.

Games like "Crossdice"

With the letter dice, you can play other games like Longest Word, which is more engaging because everyone plays at the same time, and Fastest Word, which we find the most fun and fast-paced of all.

Recommended books about Dice Games

Do you like dice games? So do we. And a lot of people all over the world. The truth is that dice fit in any pocket, in any corner of a bag or backpack, which makes them an extremely portable leisure resource with an incredible potential for hours of entertainment and fun.

There are hundreds of dice games. More than we are currently able to cover in LOODENS.

You can keep searching the internet for more games but if you want to access the best and most complete information in the shortest time possible it is best to buy a good book.

And for us Dice Games Properly Explained, by Reiner Knizia, is the best book ever written on dice games: excellent explanations and examples, variations and the best classification of the types of dice games we have found.

An excellent book both to discover the dice games and to go deeper into them.

And a great gift 😉.

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LOODENS rating

  
A must-have game for word game lovers and absolutely recommended for everyone because of its simplicity and portability: in a bar, in a waiting room, at the airport, in a restaurant… and at home too! These dice and this game will give you many hours of fun.

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