The object of the game is to arrive exactly at 500 before your opponent. This game can be played in pairs or small groups and though described competitively, can also be played cooperatively.
Preparing the Game
- Draw a blank number line on a piece of paper. Each player will choose a unique colour to represent their score on the number line.
- To determine each player’s starting score on the number line, roll a dice twice and take the smaller of the two possible combinations (e.g. a five and a one are rolled and the two possible number combinations are 51 and 15; 15 is smaller and thus taken as the starting score).
- To determine the order of play, each player rolls the die once. The player with the smallest number goes first.
Playing the Game
- Each player rolls the die once in a turn. Every number rolled on the die, except 5, allows that player to choose if they would like that number to represent a one, a ten or a hundred value (e.g. a player rolls a four and can either add four, 40, or 400 to their score).
- Players cannot go past 500. If the number they roll will take them past 500, they must subtract that number from their score (e.g. a player is at 497 and rolls a six, which used as a one value will take them to 503; they must instead subtract six from their score, moving them back to 491).
- Once Player 1 has marked their spot on the number line it’s the next player’s turn.
- Special rule: if a player rolls a five, that player can choose another player to move back 50 spots on the number line (e.g. if Player 1 rolls a five, Player 2 will have to subtract 50 from their score; if Player 2 was at 487 then they will move back to 437).