Pass the Pigs
An example of a roll in Pass the Pigs
Each turn involves one player throwing two model pigs, each of which has a dot on one side only. The player will have points either given or taken away, based on the way the pigs land (see below). Each turn lasts until the player throwing either rolls the pigs in a way that wipes out their current turn score or decides to stop their turn, add their turn score to their total score and pass the pigs to the next player. The winner is the first player to score a total of whatever you chose. 100 for a faster game and 500 for a longer game. but you can make it as high as you want it to be. Often the winner is awarded a medallion for achieving the ultimate high score.
- Single pig
- The pig is lying on its side - 0 Points
- Razorback - The pig is lying on its back - 5 Points
- Trotter - The pig is standing upright - 5 Points
- Snouter - The pig is leaning on its snout - 10 Points
- Leaning Jowler - The pig is resting on its snout and ear - 15 Points
- Both pigs
- Sider - The pigs are on their sides, either both with the spot facing upward or both with the spot facing downward - 1 Point
- Double Razorback - The pigs are both lying on their backs - 20 Points
- Double Trotter - The pigs are both standing upright - 20 Points
- Double Snouter - The pigs are both leaning on their snouts - 40 Points
- Double Leaning Jowler - The pigs are both resting between snouts and ears - 60 Points
- Mixed Combo - A combination not mentioned above is the sum of the single pigs score
- Pig Out - If both pigs are lying on their sides, one with the spot facing upwards and one with the spot facing downwards the score for that turn is reset to 0 and the turn changes to the next player
- Makin' Bacon (or Oinker) - If both pigs are touching, then the total score is reset to 0 and the turn changes to the next player
- Kissing bacon - if both snouts are touching - 100 points
- Piggyback - If one pig lands completely resting on top of the other, then the player is out of the game.
- Out of table - when playing on a table, if any pig falls, then you lose 10 points
There are several variations to these game rules. One is the Hog Call, where a player attempts to guess the score their opponent is about to land. After scoring 20 points a non-throwing player may attempt a Hog Call. To do so, the non-throwing player must scream "sooee!" before the opposing players throw. The caller must then guess the score of the next throw. If correct, the caller receives the points thrown. The thrower also loses double the points thrown. Only one player may hog call per throw.
The approximate relative frequencies of the various positions (for a single pig), using a standardized surface and trap-door rolling device and a sample size of 11,954, are:
|Side (no dot)||34.9%|
- Kern, JC (2006). "Pig Data and Bayesian Inference on Multinomial Probabilities". Journal of Statistics Education 14 (3).