Since the advent of electronic versions of the game, more and more alternative rules have surfaced.

One of the common new rules is: if you roll 4 of a kind, your score doubles. So, it would break down like this if you were rolling Fives:

- 3 Fives = 500
- 4 Fives = 1000
- 5 Fives = 2000
- 6 Fives = 4000

Some people play that 3 pair = 750

Some people play that a straight = 1500

We are purists and play by the original rules, but many people like to break the rules now days. In fact, I’ve heard that some people don’t use 6 Wooden Dice or even eat Tostitos® Chips and salsa while they play. Can you believe that? Wow!

Al lawlessThe instructions do not specifically state if a Farkle player can set aside non-scoring dice in the hopes the next roll will yield a good score. Example: withhold a non-scoring pair of sixes (along with a scoring one or five). If the next roll spits out a six, then collect 600 additional points. Is this OK?

dacyPost authorNon-scoring dice can not be set aside.

Gary AmbroseIt is totally up to the group playing and what they agree on before hand. There is no right or wrong way as long as your having fun. Therefore you may want to bend a rule such as how many points you need to get on board. I use 500 as a rule so it doesn’t take so long to get game going. Great game, have fun.

Juniper frazerI’ve seen some variations where 3 pairs=1500 or 4K+ a pair=1500

robinwe play that to coattail on to someone else to score, you put up 500 points. Is there a rule that if you Farkle after the first role is successful that the 500 points would not be deducted?

dacyPost authorThat is not part of the official rules so as long as you decide before you play what your alternative rules are, its up to you.

Pam WardaI understood that on the first roll, if I threw 3 5’s, it was only worth 50 pts. per die. But any other roll, if I threw 3 5’s, it would count as 500 points. Is this the official way. or am I dreaming?

dacyPost author3 fives (rolled at the same time) are always worth 500, on the first roll or any other roll.

LLLOn the 1st roll if you get a Farkle, do you get to roll again or is it the next person’s turn?

dacyPost authorIt’s the next person’s turn if you Farkle on your first roll. Any Farkle ends your turn.

Jim MasonIf 3 ones =1000 points what would 4 ones be?

dacyPost authorIn the original rules it would be 1100. 1000 for the 3 ones and 100 for the extra one. If you are playing alternative rules, then the answer depends on which alternative rules that you are playing. Some people double the points for every extra one. So, it could be worth 2000.

JKThose “new rules” regarding doubling scores have been around for at least 30 years, so newer than the original, but not so very new. This is how I learned to play long before I knew it was called Farkle. But the original scoring is easier to remember, especially for kids just learning the game.

That being said, I love the website, and love you spreading the joy of Farkle!

dacyPost authorYes, many alternative rules have been around a long time.

PJIf I roll a pair on the 1st rol (re: 2 5’s or 2 1’s} and then 2 more pairs on the 2nd roll does that count for 3 pairs?

dacyPost authorI personally don’t play with “doubles” since they aren’t part of the original rules but I believe when you do play with them, the pairs have to be rolled in one roll.

sirishI wondered about the pairs rule….if it’s not a pair of 5’s or 1’s there shouldn’t be an opportunity to keep them because a pair of 3’s in itself is not points… and therefore isn’t kept to allow another roll

dacyPost authorSorry. I don’t play with the pairs rule so I can’t help you.

SuzanneHow much would the score be for rolling two sets of 3 of a kind in one roll? Just the two seperate 3 of a kind scores added together or a special score?

dacyPost authorIn the original rules, 3 of a kind only count if they are 5’s or 1’s. If you roll 3 5’s and 3 1’s, that is 1500 plus you have to roll again.