This dice game is awesome for any number of players. Don't know what it's offically called we just call it "dice"
You need 5 dice. Everyone rolls one & the highest roller starts. You can either pick 1 person to be scorekeeper or pass the pad & pen around. You need 500 points to open. We play to 5000 points.
You have to get a 1, 5 or one of the below combo of dice to score. Scoring goes like this:
1 = 100 points
5 = 50 points
Small Straight (1,2,3,4 or 2,3,4,5 or 3,4,5,6) = 300 points
Large Straight (1,2,3,4,5 or 2,3,4,5,6) = 500 points
3 of a kind:
3 2's = 200 points
3 3's = 300 points
3 4's = 400 points, etc
3 1's = 1000 points
4 of a kind:
4 2's, 4 3's, 4 4's, etc = 1000 points
4 1's = 1100 points (1000 for 3 of a kind + 100 for the extra 1)
Full house (3 of a kind + 2 of a kind):
double the 3 of a kind (ie: 3 4's + 2 of a kind = 800 points)
5 of a kind (yahtzee) = win game
Points for stuff can be combined (ie: 3 5's + a 1 = 600 points). You keep rolling until you either stop & take whatever you currently have for points or you bust (don't roll a 1,5, or combo).
I'll give you an example hand so you can see how the strategy works:
Roll 5 dice. Get a 1,4,4,3,5. Take the 1 cause it's the highest. You could take the 5, but don't cause your chances of rolling a combo are better with 4 dice. Set the 1 aside & roll 4 dice. Get 3 5's and a 2. Take your 3 5's for 500 points. Plus the 100 you already had = 600 points. You can either risk the 600 points (and the chance to open if you havn't already) on rolling the final die or you can take your 600. If you roll the final die & it's a 1 or a 5 you get that many points & the chance to roll all the dice again. If you roll all 5 again & no 1, 5 or combo comes up you bust. If you get something you add it into your total & so on.
The person who gets to 5000 (or whatever you decide to play to) first wins, but everyone gets one final chance to beat the winner. The final round everyone must roll until they either beat the winner's score or bust.
This game is very addictive! If you're feeling rich stop & pick up a couple $1 scratch tickets (or any sort of cheap treat) & play for those.
ETA: Check the toys section of $1 Store or any department store. They usually have cheap decks of card games like Old Maid, etc. I'd also recommend checkers & puzzles. Get a puzzle mat if you don't have somewhere you can leave it set up on while you work on it.