Monday, July 27, 2009

Pass the Pigs

The Basics
This very portable beer & pretzels game comes as a pocket travel case containing 2 pig dice, two pencils and a scoring booklet that also includes the scoring table. The pigs are actual pig miniatures, with a dot on their right flanks.

The object is to be the first to score 100 points using "pigs" as dice. On your turn, you throw the pigs and hope they end up in a scoring position such as a "snouter", "trotter" or "leaning jowler" (ranging in value from 1 to 60 points); if they do, you decide whether to "cash" the points (pass the pigs to the next player) or to roll again. If you roll a non-scorer ("pig out" --one pig on the right flank, the other on the left flank; a fairly frequent result), you lose any as-yet-uncashed points. If you throw an "oinker" (both pigs touch each other), you lose your entire accumulated score. If you throw a "piggyback" (one pig on top of the other), you're altogether eliminated!

The variant Hog Call rules allow the other players to risk predicting the outcome of the throw; if predicted successfully, the hog caller earns twice the value of the position *and* deducts that same amount from the roller's score!

How to Play

Where to Play

Cheat Sheets (from the Geek)
  • Player Aid Not Needed

Game Hints
  • My Tip: Roll 3 or try to get 20 points before stopping for the round (aka play it safe at first).

  • Opinion: I enjoyed this game alot. Very simple dice rolling game.
  • Online: Works fine online, or on a phone. Great way to spend some time when your travelling and don't feel like reading.
  • Work: Short. quick and fun!
  • Home: Very good game, just watch the small pieces. Every home should have this.

Other Info
  • Plays best with: Works fine with 2-10 players, best with any, but I like 2 - 4.
  • Gateway Suitability: Very easy to learn.
  • Spouse Suitability: Chrissy loves it
  • Re-playability: It does see table, online and IPhone action.
  • Real Life Setup: Seconds, just take the piece out of the case, make sure to have a pencil.
  • Real Life Time: Depends on how many are playing. Usually less than 20 minutes.
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