PIG: a dice game of chance and risk management

Number of players
2-6
Recommended age
5+
Competition type
1 vs.1, all vs. all
Playing time
3
-15 min
Difficulty
Very easy
Cost or investment
Free -

Brief description of the game

Pig is a very simple dice game that combines chance and strategic decisions in which two players compete to reach 100 points first.
Table of contents

This game has been popular in different forms and with different names in many different places around the world. The version known as “Pig” is a simplified version popularized in the United States in the 20th century. Since then, it has become popular all over the world and has become a classic board and travel game.

How to play "Big Pig"

Set up before start playing

PLAYERS

PIG is a game for 2 to 6 players.

REQUIRED OBJECTS

A classic six-faced die numbered 1 to 6

ROUNDS AND TURNS

PIG is played in turns, counterclockwise

In each round there will be a turn for each player.

WHO'S FIRST?

All players roll the die once. Whoever gets the highest number will be the first. If there’s a tie, everyone rolls the dice again.

Goal of the game

SCORE

In each of their turns, players will earn points (or not…) and will add them to their scoreboard.

WHO WINS A PIG GAME?

The goal of BIG PIG is to be the first player to reach 100 points.

"Pig" Rules and Scores

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FIRST TURN

The player whose turn it is rolls the die repeatedly and adds up the points obtained in each roll until one of two things happens:

1

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The player stands, doesn’t keep rolling the dice, and adds the points earned in that turn to their overall score.

2

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If a 1 is rolled, the player loses everything added in that turn, i.e., he adds nothing in that turn to his overall score.

SUBSEQUENT TURNS

The next player proceeds the same way, and so on until everyone has had their turn and a round is completed.

NEXT ROUNDS

The game goes on with the same round-by-round logic until one of the players reaches 100 points.

End of the Pig game. Who wins?

GAME OVER

The round in which any player reaches 100 points is the last round of the game, but all players must exercise their turn in that last round, so the first player to reach 100 is not necessarily the winner of the game.

AND THE WINNER IS...

A PIG game ends when in a round one of the players exceeds 100 points being the winner the player who has more points when the last round is over.

Tips for playing "Pig"

GAME LENGTH

Longer or shorter games can be played by changing the target from 100 points to longer or shorter.

Games like "Pig"

There is a PIG variant with two dice —TWO DICE PIG— and a variation of this one called BIG PIG.

If you want to try them all we advice you to follow this progress:

PIG > TWO DICE PIG > BIG PIG

Although our favorite is PASS THE PIGS in which the dice are not dice but…. two pigs!

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 perfect game to get started in dice games and also to learn the concept of risk control. Simple and effective, it is the first of a series of “Pig” games that you should also try, especially “Pass the pigs”.

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