Kismet (dice game)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Kismet is the trademarked name of a commercial dice game introduced in 1964. The game's name is the Turkish word for "fate". E.William DeLaittre holds the trademark on the game, originally published by Lakeside Games, and currently produced by Endless Games. Marketed as "The Modern Game of Yacht", the game play is similar to yacht and Yahtzee, with a few variations. A primary distinction is that in Kismet, the sides of the dice have different colored pips.

Game contents[edit]

The faces of the dice used in Kismet, with three different colors of pips

The current Kismet game set comes in a green box marked with the Kismet logo, a black elongated rectangle containing six white diamonds, each containing a letter of the word "KISMET", and the words "IT IS FATE" along the bottom of the logo.

Contents of the game consist of: five white dice, with colored pips, 1 and 6 colored black, 2 and 5 red, 3 and 4 green; a dice-throwing cup; and a pad of scorecards.

Game play[edit]

As in similar dice games, players take turns rolling five dice. Each player can take up to three rolls per turn. On the second and third rolls, the player may hold back dice from the previous rolls in order to create better scoring combinations. At the end of the third roll, the player must enter a score into an open field on his scorecard. If the player cannot use their final die selection in any scorecard field, they must enter a zero into an open field.[1]

Scorecard[edit]

Each player keeps a running tally of their rolls on a scorecard. The scorecard is laid out in two sections, the Basic Section and the Kismet Section.

Basic section[edit]

The Basic Section of the scorecard plays similarly to Yahtzee's upper section, in that you score points for the number of pips on the dice displaying the chosen category number. There are six categories: Aces (ones), Deuces (twos), Treys (threes), Fours, Fives, and Sixes. Each of these categories is scored by adding the total of dice that match the category. For example, after the third roll, dice displaying (3, 4, 4, 6, and 4) may be entered as a score of 12 Fours section (the total pips on the dice displaying 4), a 3 in the Treys section (3x1), or a 6 in the Sixes section (6x1), if those categories are still open.

As in Yahtzee, a bonus of 35 points is earned with a minimum of 63 in the Basic Section. Kismet provides two further bonus levels; a score of at least 71 but no more than 77 earns a bonus of 55 points; and 78 or more, a bonus of 75 points.

Kismet section[edit]

The Kismet Section is scored based on creating dice combinations similar to poker hands. It is in this section that the colored dice come into play, as they determine scoring criteria below:

Category Description Score Example
2 Pair Same Color Two pairs of numbers having the same color (1-1-6-6; 2-2-5-5; or 3-3-4-4); fifth die can be anything. Any Four-of-a-Kind, same-colored Full House, or Kismet can also be scored under this category. Sum of all dice Kismet-Ace.pngKismet-Ace.pngKismet-Five.pngKismet-Six.pngKismet-Six.png
3 of a Kind Three or more dice having the same number. Sum of all dice Kismet-Trey.pngKismet-Four.pngKismet-Four.pngKismet-Four.pngKismet-Six.png
Straight 1-2-3-4-5 or 2-3-4-5-6
(There is no "Small Straight" in Kismet.)
30 Kismet-Ace.pngKismet-Deuce.pngKismet-Trey.pngKismet-Four.pngKismet-Five.png
Flush All dice showing the same color. 35 Kismet-Deuce.pngKismet-Five.pngKismet-Five.pngKismet-Five.pngKismet-Five.png
Full House A Three-of-a-Kind and a pair; color is not important. Sum of all dice + 15 Kismet-Four.pngKismet-Four.pngKismet-Four.pngKismet-Six.pngKismet-Six.png
Full House Same Color A Full House showing one color. Sum of all dice + 20 Kismet-Ace.pngKismet-Ace.pngKismet-Six.pngKismet-Six.pngKismet-Six.png
4 of a Kind Four or more dice showing the same number. Sum of all dice + 25 Kismet-Trey.pngKismet-Five.pngKismet-Five.pngKismet-Five.pngKismet-Five.png
Yarborough Any combination.
(Kismet's "Chance" category)
Sum of all dice Kismet-Ace.pngKismet-Deuce.pngKismet-Four.pngKismet-Five.pngKismet-Six.png
Kismet All five dice showing the same number Sum of all dice + 50 Kismet-Deuce.pngKismet-Deuce.pngKismet-Deuce.pngKismet-Deuce.pngKismet-Deuce.png

Rolling subsequent Kismets[edit]

Kismet does not provide for bonus points for multiple five-of-a-kinds. After scoring a Kismet, a subsequent five-of-a-kind can be used as a "joker", which can be scored in any open category in the Kismet Section (except the Straight category), or the appropriate number category in the Basic Section if it has not already been scored. Scoring occurs as the category specifies.

The twist of rolling a second Kismet comes in games where two or more people are playing; in multi-player games, if one player rolls a second Kismet, all other players must take a zero in the first open category (closest to the top on the scoresheet) in the Basic section, or the Kismet section if all Basic section boxes have been filled. The opponents also lose a turn, and the player who rolled the second Kismet rolls again. This applies to subsequent Kismets as well. This is where the name of the game comes into play; with the player rolling multiple Kismets, "it is fate" that they most likely will win.

References[edit]

External links[edit]