Thaxx Game

THAX is a simple game you can learn in a few minutes. The object of THAX is to be the first to cover their side of the gameboard. Pieces are placed on (and sometimes removed from) the board using the numbers on the dice.

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Gameplay: After rolling for first turn, players take turns rolling the dice and placing pieces on the board. Using the numbers rolled on the dice, players can place both numbers as pieces on their side of the board or take a piece from the opponent’s side and place it on their side. The numbers can also be added to place a piece on that numbered space on their side of the board. Sixes are not on the board and mean nothing when rolled. Roll double sixes, Thax, and you must take a piece from your side of the board. When a player rolls any doubles except sixes, that player gets another turn.

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Here’s a list of possible rolls:

Place 2 pieces on spaces using the numbers rolled on the dice. Example: A two and a three are rolled. The player places a piece on an uncovered “two” space and a piece on an uncovered “three” space on their side of the board.

Take 1 piece from your opponent’s side of the board and place it on your own side of the board using the numbers rolled on the dice. Example: A two and a three are rolled. The player takes a piece covering a “two” space from the opponent’s side and places it on an uncovered “three” space on their own side of the board. (Or take a three from the opponent’s side and place it on their own uncovered “two” space.)

Add the two dice numbers together and place a piece on that uncovered space on their side of the board. Example: A two and a three are rolled. Add them together to make five and place a piece on an uncovered “five” space on their side of the board.

A six is one of the dice numbers rolled. (called a “half thax”) Since sixes mean nothing, the other number is used to place a piece on their side of the board. Example: A six and five are rolled. The six has no space and means nothing. A piece is placed on an uncovered “five” space on their side of the board.

Double sixes. You must take a piece of your choice off of your side of the board. This is called a “thax”. (If playing “Thax Out”, the piece would go into the “pot”.)

If you don’t have an uncovered space for a number you’ve rolled, you can’t place a piece. It is not uncommon to find you cannot place anything because you don’t have the uncovered space to place a piece on. To take a piece from your opponent’s side, you must have an uncovered space to place it. Example: If you roll a three and a two and want to take a “two” from your opponent, you must have the uncovered “three” space to place that piece on. If you get stuck on a turn, look at the list and see if your roll can apply.

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