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How to Play Dice: Farkle / Ten Thousand Rules of Play

In this post, we’ll share how to play one of our favorite dice games using 6 dice, the number included in our portable pocket-size Travel Dice design: 1000/5000/10,000 (a.k.a. Farkel / Farkle). Farkle can be played with any number of players (2+) and all you need is dice, scratch paper and a pen. These are the complete rules of play, plus a free printable business-card sized Farkle scoring crib sheet.

How to Play 1000/5000/10,000 (aka Farkel / Farkle)

Although it has many names and some variations, this is the basic version of the game that we play. More complete rules on the Wikipedia page for Farkle.

Object of the Game

The first player to score over 10,000 points becomes the winner* (or, as the names indicate, whatever milestone the players agree to at the outset: 1000, 5000, 10,000, etc).

*We play a variation in which, after the first player reaches the milestone, every other player gets one more chance to top that player’s score with an additional turn, and whoever ends with the highest score over 10,000 wins the game.

Game Play


The most-used, basic scores are:

So for example, if a player throws a 1–2–3–3–3–5, they could do any of the following:

There are some additional scores for special combinations, and there are a lot of variations about this (see more variations on the Wikipedia page). We play with the following two additional score combinations:

Use our free printable “cheat sheet” for game play and personal use. It has the basic scoring rules and when printed out at 100%, is the size of a standard business card:

Travel Dice

Inspired by the pocket games soldiers carried in WWII, our handcrafted Travel Dice are small enough to be portable and lightweight but large enough to be legible and substantial in the hand. 

Made from high quality, natural materials, the (6) included dice are stored in a solid brass travel tube, secured with walnut wood, and carried with a beaded brass-plated chain that can be worn as a necklace or carried as a keychain.

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