How to play Tenzi
Set up before start playing
TENZI is a game for between 2 and 6 players.
10 six-sided dice numbered from 1 to 6 for each player. Yeah, that’s a lot of dice. For four players… 40 dice! But don’t panic, there are excellent quality dice packs on the market at very good prices.
THERE ARE NO TURNS!
In TENZI there are no turns, all players play at the same time!
Goal of the game
The TENZI game is won by the first player who gets all 10 dice to show the same number.
Tenzi rues: playing a game
ROLL DICE AND CHOOSE NUMBER...
All players play at the same time. All the players shout: three! two! one! They roll their 10 dice, choose a number from the results and set aside the dice showing that number.
AND NOW... QUICKLY !
They pick up the remaining dice and roll them again. Any die showing the number chosen earlier will be quickly set aside with the others. And the dice are thrown again. And so over and over again.
Game over. Who wins?
AND THE WINNER IS...
The winner is the first player to get their 10 dice to show the same number.
Tips for playing Tenzi
Play at a table with enough space so that the dice of different players do not get mixed up.
Maybe investing that money in a game that only takes a minute per game seems too much, but if you take into account the number of Tenzi variants that exist, you will see that it is not so, that with those nice dice you can play dozens of games.
Tenzi game variants
VARIANT 1 - One at a time
Instead of rolling all the dice at once, it is done one at a time. Before starting, all players line up their 10 dice. All the players shout: three! two! one! Go! they choose a number, set it aside and start rolling the other dice one at a time until the chosen number comes up. The first to get all 10 equal results wins.
VARIANT 2 - Doubles
The first player to get 10 doubles wins. The 10 dice are thrown and if two threes are rolled, they are set aside. We throw again and if two fours are rolled, we put them aside. And so on. The first player to run out of dice wins.
There are many, many more variants of Tenzi. There is an excellent book that covers them all in depth: 77 ways to play Tenzi. Perfect for those who are seduced by this fun dice game mechanic that mixes chance and speed. And for those beautiful and hypnotic colored dice….
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 😉.