Beginner’s Guide on How to play Knobel.
Objective: Knobel is a dice game where you aim to avoid getting low scores and penalty tokens (Deckels). The best outcome is getting “Aus” or “General” (three ones).
- You need a dice cup and three dice per player.
- Use 17 Deckels for 2-4 players or 21 Deckels for 4+ players.
- Also, have 2 Legs/Bones/Been.
- The player rolling the highest number starts the round.
- They set the tone by rolling three dice.
- The starter can roll up to three times.
How to Play:
- Play clockwise after the starter.
- You can’t adjust dice except for sixes (6).
- You can turn two or more sixes into ones during any roll.
- If you have 2 sixes and a one, keep the one, turn a six into a one, and roll the last six.
- Starting player may keep two or three sixes and turn them into ones after others roll.
- If you have 2+ sixes after three rolls, turn them into ones and roll again.
- Declare your roll immediately.
- Choose to keep any combination.
- If a dice falls out during a throw but lands on the table, it counts.
- The first player with a specific combination has the advantage.
- Wait for your turn to roll.
- Keep your dice visible.
- Dropping items on the floor or letting others grab twos in a “Julie” results in a penalty.
- In rare cases, the second-lowest combination wins if there’s a “Julie” and “Triple” without a “Max.”
Dice Combinations and Deckels:
- Julie (two twos and one) is the worst, earning many deckels/tokens.
- Aus/General (three ones) is the best, giving away 1 Leg/Bone/Been.
- Max 6 (one one six) – 6 deckels
- Max 5 (one one five) – 5 deckels
- Max 4 (one one four) – 4 deckels
- Max 3 – 3 deckels
- Max 2 – 2 deckels
- Triple – 3 deckels
- Street – 2 deckels
- Bare numbers – 1 deckel
Knobel is a fun dice game where you avoid low scores and try to get “Aus” or “General.” Enjoy, but be careful with dice and penalties!