The Game (dice game)

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The Game
Das Spiel (German name)
The Game
Designer(s) Reinhold Wittig
Illustrator(s) Guido Hoffmann
Publisher(s) Edition Perlhuhn (1979)
Franckh-Kosmos (1986)
Abacusspiele (2004)
Years active 1979 to present
Players 1 to 6
Age range 8 years and up
Website Edition Perlhuhn Germany
Abacusspiele Germany
Game platform

The Game is a dice game designed by Reinhold Wittig. It was first published in Germany in 1979, without rules and under the German name Das Spiel.[1][2][3]

It contains a triangular base plate and 281 dice of four different colours, and a rule book that gives rules for some 50+ games. Most of the games are centered on building or demolishing pyramids of dice, but there are also racing games and games of skill. The game has been originally published by Diego Rodriguez (Reinhold Wittig), Göttingen, in 1979.[1][2][4][5]

The Game won the 1980 Spiel des Jahres special award for "most beautiful game".[6]

In his preface Wittig writes:

I've often been asked how you go about it to invent a game. I want to add one answer now. Is perhaps the best answer possible to show the many different ways of designing a game. The answer is also a challenge: Invent rules of your own to my dice pyramid.

The first edition of the game was a small version of the dice pyramid, without any rules. Over time, players contributed their own rules to a collection.


  1. ^ a b Glonneger, Erwin (1999). Das Spiele-Buch (in German) (Neue u. erg. A. ed.). Drei Magier Verlag. ISBN 3-9806792-0-9. Lay summary. 
  2. ^ a b "Spiel von Reinhold Wittig und anderen (1979)" (in English and German). Edition Perlhuhn. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  3. ^ "Abacusspiele: Das Spiel" (in German). Abacusspiele. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  4. ^ "Das Spiel - Rulebook" (PDF). Abacusspiele. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  5. ^ "Das Spiel - Rulebook" (PDF) (in German). Abacusspiele. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 
  6. ^ "Spiel des Jahres - Awards 1980" (in German). Spiel des Jahres. Retrieved 2009-03-20. 

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