Guest Author - Robin Rounds Whittemore
Did you think Alex Trebek only monitored over Jeopardy? Once upon a time, the mainstay of knowledge quizzes presided over a show called; High Rollersť.
Wink Martindale, another legendary host of game shows, hosted High Rollers for a time himself. Elaine Stewart and Ruta Lee both filled roles as models/co-hosts.
The main object of the game was to have contestants roll two dice and knock corresponding numbers off the game board. Numbers could be removed one at a time depending on the roll; or they could be taken off 2 or more at a time. If you knocked all the numbers from 1- 9 off, you won the biggest prize.
We will now walk through a scenario where you roll the dice. Let's say the roll was a 12. You could take off the 9, 1, and the 2. Another combination would be a 6, 5 and a 1. How about the 9 and the 3?
Let's say we take off the 9 and the 3. Now, let's have you roll a 2. That one is easy, the 2 comes off the board. So far the 2, 3 and 9 have been removed. You do not want to roll a 2 or a 3 at this point, because you no longer have the cards to cover the roll.
Next roll is an 8. You cannot remove the 6 and 2 as the 2 is gone. 5 and 3 are no good as the 3 is gone. You may want to remove the 7 and 1; but removing just the 8 would leave the 1 for future plays if needed.
This leaves you with a 1, 4, 5, 6, and a 7 left. There will be some numbers, if rolled that would put you out of the game. But you could still make many numbers that could be rolled.
There is a way to play the game with cards as you can imagine. All you need are two dice and the cards Ace thru 9 from a regular deck of cards. The Ace of course counts as a 1 in this game. If you have a deck of cards that doesn't have all 52 cards in the deck, this would be a great way to still make use of some of those remaining cards.
The play would be the same as described in this article. Cards can come off by themselves or in a combination totaling the roll of the dice.
Solitaire or with friends: This game is great for solitaire, but if you have a group of friends, it can be enjoyed with everyone. Team up and take each other on.
For meetings and team builds: Divide people into teams and have them start working on making team decisions. You could appoint someone as the spokesperson, or have the team decide who would make the final decision.
Home parties: This game would work well with teams divided up among the guests. Prizes would be at your discretion.
Classroom activity: Try teaching arithmetic the fun way - with games. Some children don't realize they are learning when they are playing a game.