Kasta

Kasta is an old Norse word, meaning to throw away, discard, or dispose of.

A game for 2,3 or 4 players ages 8+

Materials

72 dice in 4 colors and an 8×9 inch rectangular rack.

Object

To be the player with the lowest score after 3 rounds.

Setup

To start a round place the rectangular rack between the players, then fill the rack with the 72 dice arranging them until they all fit inside the rack and are lying flat. Then remove the rack leaving an 8×9 pool of dice. Place the rack aside to be used as the discard pile during the game. 

2 Player Game

Decide who goes first. The first player takes 3 dice from the first layer of border dice for himself and then selects 3 more dice from the first layer of border dice giving them to his opponent. Players must take care not to flip the dice when doing so. Each layer of border dice must be completely taken before taking dice from subsequent inner layers. The second player then does the same as the first.

From this point on play alternates, so on your turn you must take 3 dice for yourself and then select 3 more dice and give those to your opponent. You may also optionally do 1 of 3 things on your turn,

1) Discard a die from your hand to the rack or

2) Turn a die from your hand to another side or

3) Discard a set of 4 dice from your hand to the rack that forms a pattern or sequence.

The pattern or sequences are as follows.

•4 dice with the same color and number or

•4 dice in different colors and the same number or

•4 dice in 3 possible sequences with the same color or

•4 dice in 3 possible sequences and in different colors

The round ends when the pool is empty.

Players then take one last turn discarding four dice that form a pattern or sequence from their hand.

SCORING

Add up the pips in your remaining hand. The player with the lowest score after 3 rounds is declared the winner. If a draw occurs, play another round.

3 or 4 Player Game

A 3 or 4 player game is played the same as a 2-player game; with the exception that any dice you pass off, you do so to your opponent on your left.

Copyright 2020, Rey Alicea

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