Sunday, September 05, 2010

#95: Liar's Dice

Liar's Dice
  • designer: Richard Borg
  • publisher: Milton Bradley
  • date: 1986
  • BoardGameGeek rank/rating: 227/7.02
  • position on my top 100 in 2005: 82nd
  • age: 8+
  • # of players: 2-6
  • print status: ?
  • cost: while the edition pictured is out of print, you can find a 4 player version from Front Porch Games for $15.95 (FairPlay Games) and a copy of Perudo, which is similar for $14.30 (FunAgain)
Liar's Dice has been published in a wild variety of editions - varying the rules, the number of players & the number of dice each player has. All of them share one basic characteristic - people describe them as a "bluffing game."

I've come to believe that Liar's Dice is not as much about bluffing as it is about deciding when to bluff... like Poker, the components of the game simply act as tools for you in your quest to read the other players - and then fool them by bluffing or by telling the truth.

I esp. like the Milton Bradley edition pictured... the board makes it much easier to teach the bidding rules. I'd probably rate it higher if I hadn't over-played the game during various phases of my gaming life - now I prefer it 2-3 times a year.

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