Shut the Box


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Begin with all of the tiles "open" or uncovered. During each round, a player repeatedly throws the dice to "cover the tiles" of the box. Each round ends when no tile can be covered on a throw and the players penalty score gets calculated. The goal is to cover all numbers, thus shutting the box, resulting in a penalty score of zero. A round consists of each player playing a turn. At the start of a player's turn, the numbers are visible on all tiles (i.e., they are "uncovered"). Two dice are rolled. The total is summed, and a combination of tiles equaling the total are "covered" (hidden from view). For example, if the dice show a 2 and a 3, for a total of 5, any of the following combination of tiles could be covered: 1 and 4, 2 and 3, or the '5' tile alone. If every numbered tile higher than 6 is covered, then only one die is used. The turn ends if no tile can be covered on a throw of the dice. A player's score is the sum of the numbers remaining uncovered at the end of thier turn. The player with the lowest score wins. Another fun way to keep score is to sum up the numbers on the tiles that you have covered. In this version you open all of the tiles and attempt to close as many as possible using your dice rolls. If you are stopped by an unlucky roll, your score then becomes the sum of all the tiles you closed. All scores for each round are added and the first player to reach a predetermined score is the winner. This can be played to 200 points for a short game, or to 500 points for a longer game. Four people playing to 500 points takes about 20 minutes.

Dimensions: 12" x 3.5" x 1"