Lie Die

A strange blend of Yahtzee and Poker. For any number of player from 2 upwards (but three to 6 is best).

Each player in turn throws dice, which must be better than the previous throw. The current player tells the next player what they threw, or lies.

The aim of the game is to spot the dirty stinking liars.

You can play on-line.

Rules of the Game

The first player throws five dice hidden from the other players.

They state what you have thrown (or lie).

Player 2 then either accepts that statement or calls player 1 a liar.

If Liar is called then the game ends. Player 2 wins if they correctly spotted a dirty rotten liar. Player 1 wins if they were falsely accused by the doubting Thomas.

If the statement was accepted, then the dice are passed to player 2. They can now see if player 1 lied, but that is of no consequence now. Other players cannot see the dice.

Player 2 may choose to throw any number of the dice, and leave the rest unchanged. They then state the new state of the 5 dice (or lie).

But (and this is where it gets tricky), they must state a better throw than player 1.

It is now player 3's turn to decide whether to accept, or call player 2 a liar.

Play continues around in a circle.

Ranking of Throws

This is similar to the ranking of poker hands.

Here are the types of hand from worst to best :

  1. No Pairs, No Straight (e.g. 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 )
  2. One Pair (e.g. 3, 3, 1, 4, 5 )
  3. Two Pairs (e.g. 3, 3, 1, 1, 5 )
  4. Three of a Kind (e.g. 2, 2, 2, 1, 4 )
  5. Short Straight (four consecutive numbers) (e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6)
  6. Long Straight (five consecutive numbers) (e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  7. Full House (e.g. 2, 2, 2, 3, 3 )
  8. Four of a Kind (e.g. 2, 2, 2, 2, 4 )
  9. Yahtzee / 5 of a kind (e.g. 2, 2, 2, 2, 2)

A hand is better than another hand of the same type if the "important" part is higher. For example, a pair of 4s is better than a pair of 3s.

As in poker, a hand is better than another hand if it has a better kicker. For example, four 3s and a 6 is better than four 3s and a 5. However, four 2s and a 6 is beaten by four 3s and a 5 (i.e. the kicker is only considered last).