It was very popular in Spain and in the Spanish possessions in the Low
Countries during the first half of the 15th century. It was banned by the
Pope in 1458, the ban enduring until the early 20th century!
2 six sided dice
7 x 7 playing board
Each player takes 15-20 coins (or hershey’s kisses or whatever the wager
is.) The object of the game is to make your opponent lose all of their
¨ Each player sets up three coins on their home row. Then, each player
rolls a die. Reroll ties. The low roller places thr center coin. The low
roller plays first and may reroll the dice.
¨ Having thrown the dice, the player loses them to his opponent on a
throw of 7, 11 or 12.
¨ On any other throw, he must move two coins, one per die, within the
same column, never diagonally or across. The player moves each coin
either away from or towards his side, by the number of rows
indicated by the dice.
¨ If the player is unable to use both dice, he moves neither coin and
passes the dice to his opponent.
¨ After having moved the coins, if there are two or more lined up in a
contiguous row (other than a home row), the player may take them
from the board. In that case, his opponent replenishes the vacated
columns from his own stake and then takes the dice. If the opponent
has an insufficient stake, the game is over.
¨ When receiving the dice, they must be thrown at least once. Keep
throwing and moving coins until either a move cannot be made or a
7,11,12 is rolled.
¨ If a row of seven coins is created, the moving player may announce a
“run”. The opponent must then stake two coins. The running player
throws the dice. On a 7, 11 or 12, he loses the run and his opponent
collects all nine coins. Otherwise, the player collects the two coin stake
and has the option of wagering again on the run and rerolling the
dice. This keeps on until the runner rolls 7, 11, or 12, the opponent is
unable to stake two coins, or the running player decides to take the
¨ The winner is the player with the most coins when the game is over.