My wife Amy and I learned to play Farkle while in College (BYU) in 1994. We sat and played during cold winter months for hours with a group of friends. It was a blast and we consumed lots of Tostitos® Chips and salsa.
Another friend of ours was getting married and being poor college students we didn’t have much money for a wedding gift, so we typed up the rules as we had learned them, added some humor to make it a little more fun and purchased some dice to go along with them. This became our standard wedding gift during this time of our life. The rules we wrote up are the same rules listed on this site. (I have edited some typos over the years)
A few years later in 1999 we found ourselves known as the “Farkle-Experts” and we would get calls at all hours from friends wanting to know the rules again (They lost their printouts). The internet was getting more popular at this point so I decided to post the rules on the internet for everybody to see so we didn’t have to fax them a copy. (BTW- Faxing was an ancient form of communication)
Google had been founded a year or so before my site was up and I didn’t know how at that time but they found me. I was very surprised when I noticed a couple thousand people had seen my rules in the first year. I didn’t have that many friends who played Farkle.
As time went on, more and more people found my site. Over the years, I’ve updated the look and feel a couple times to make the site a little more modern but I’ve never advertised or anything like that. Search engines are pretty funny that way. 🙂 You are one of 50,000+ page views that this site gets in an average month. Go Farkle!
Answer to common question: No I am not affiliated with Tostitos® Chips and salsa or any game company at all. I’m just a guy who plays a game with 6 Wooden Dice.
I was delighted to find your site. We have been playing Farkle since the 1960’s, usually up at hunting camp. Back in the early 80’s I found a hand made wood box with a wood lid that slides into place. It officially became my Farkle box and still is. It’s traveled the country and been at numerous camping trips. Thank you for providing this site for other Farkle enthusiasts.
Where is the old time farkle. game
Not sure what you are asking. You use 6 dice to play. Just find 6 dice and then the rules are listed on this site.
Dacy! I played Farkle with you guys (and tons of chips and salsa) and I still have my rules that Shayne and I got as a wedding gift!!!!!
Hi Sara! That’s so cool that you found this. Amy was like “no way!” when I told her. Amy’s going to email you. Nice to hear from you!
How many games of Farkle have been sold to date?
Good question. There are several companies that have sold versions of it over the years. Most people I know have never purchased a retail copy, they just play the game with 6 dice. You’d have to contact all the game manufacturers and question them individually and then do some math. Let me know what you find out.
Do you have to pay monthly to have 2 or more people play???
No, you can just put down your phones, grabe some dice and sit down at a table together and play all you want for free!
Question: We have a 6 die set from a German aerospace company (acquired as a trade show gift in 1993). The little leather case holds the 6 die plus it has 3 sets (of 3 ea) “matchsticks”. The matchsticks are really little matchstick sized metal pieces. Three of the sticks have a colored tip; there are 3 colors; becoming 3 sets of 3 sticks that are the same. I hope that is clear.
Any ideas of what the matchsticks are for?
I don’t know, but sounds very interesting.
Thanks for the reply Dacy. I could send you a photo of it all if you wish. email me if you wish.