Bluff (dice game)

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Game data
author Richard Borg
publishing company Self-published (1986),
MB-Spiele (1988),
FX Schmid (1993),
Ravensburger (2001),
and others
Publishing year 1986, 1988, 1993, 2001
Art dice game
Teammates 2 to 6
Duration 20 minutes
Age from 12 years


Game of the Year 1993
German Game Award 1993: 4th place

Bluff is a dice game by Richard Borg for two to six players, ages 12+. Borg self-published it in 1986 as Doubter's Dice and Milton Bradley in 1988 as Liar's Dice . In 1993 the game was published in German by FX Schmid and was named Game of the Year 1993. Ravensburger has been installing it in Germany since 2001 . It is distributed internationally by different game publishers under different names.

Rules of the game

Each player starts with a dice cup with 5 dice. The dice is a classic six-sided dice with the numbers 1 to 5 and a star instead of the number 6. The star side of a dice can represent any value of the dice (1–5 or the star).

On the table there is a game board with 30 fields bearing the numbers 1 to 20. Every third field is a star field. (For example, before the 8 there is a field with 4 stars.)

In a round, all players roll the dice at the same time and look at their own values. Now it is estimated in turn how many dice have a certain value. To do this, the first player places a red six-sided die on a space on the game board. For example, the first player estimates that at least 5 3s have been rolled. The next player guesses at least 5 4's etc. If a player thinks that the last estimated value is lower or not possible, he passes.

Each player then reveals his dice. If at least 8 5s have been tapped last, all 5s plus all stars are counted. If more than 8 5s are in play, for example 10, then the doubter loses two dice. If there are exactly 8, the doubting player loses one die. If there are fewer than 8, the player who placed the tip loses the difference to the true number. If a player has lost all of his dice, he is eliminated for this round.

There are also various options:

  1. reroll - you put at least one die and roll the rest again after you have given the tip;
  2. exact - here everyone, except for the one who submitted the tip, delivers one die if the tip is exactly correct;
  3. giveaway - if the tip is exactly right and has been questioned, the doubter must give the tipster a die, unless he still has all 5


A classic predecessor to this game is also Lügenmäxchen or Mäxchen . This game is played with two dice in a cup. Here the player announces which value he has rolled. The next player accepts the announcement and tries to throw the dice higher, or he catches the announcer as a lying girl and reveals the dice.

Another well-known game is the dice game Liar Dice , which has a similar gameplay to bluff. Here, however, poker dice are rolled and the players do not roll the dice at the same time.

Also published in 1974 by Milton Bradley and ES Lowe Liar’s Dice .

Individual evidence

  1. a b Liar’s Dice in the BoardGameGeek game database (English)
  2. Richard Borg at alea
  3. Westpark Gamers: Mini-Max and Micro-Bluff with 2 people (Part 1)

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