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How To Play A New Game Centipede

Updated on January 3, 2015

I like to create simple games. Since Centipede can be played with three pennies, three nickles, and a Score Chart, it is a very simple game.

Centipede is similar to Yacht. In Yacht, you try to roll specific dice combinations, while in Centipede you try to toss certain coin combinations.

Score Chart

The Score Chart shows the nine combinations of three pennies and three nickles that can be formed where each combination has at least one penny head and one nickle head. The value of each combination is 1 point for each penny head and 2 points for each nickle head.

Combination Number
Pennies
Nickles
Value
1
Head, Head, Head
Head, Head, Head
9
2
Head, Head, Head
Head, Head, Tail
7
3
Head, Head, Head
Head, Tail, Tail
5
4
Head, Head, Tail
Head, Head, Head
8
5
Head, Head, Tail
Head, Head, Tail
6
6
Head, Head, Tail
Head, Tail, Tail
4
7
Head, Tail, Tail
Head, Head, Head
7
8
Head, Tail, Tail
Head, Head, Tail
5
9
Head, Tail, Tail
Head, Tail, Tail
3
 
 
 
 

Rules.

Seat the players around the table, and place 3 pennies, 3 nickles, and the Score Chart on the table. Write the players' names across the top of a sheet of paper to record the scores.

Each player in turn tosses the coins, and the player with the most heads starts the game. (If more than one player has the same high number of heads, those players re-toss the coins until one player has the most heads.)

The players then take turns playing beginning with the starting player and moving clockwise around the table.

Play

On your turn, toss the six coins. Look at the results to see if they form a combination that you haven't yet tossed.

You can pick up and re-toss three coins if you wish. You must re-toss exactly three coins.

And you can re-toss three coins up to three times during your turn.

At the end of your turn, if the coins form a combination that you haven't yet scored with, write the value of that combination beneath your name and across from that combination on the score sheet. Otherwise, write a zero above your name on the score sheet.

Then the next player to the left takes a turn.

End of the Game.

After each player has taken nine turns, the game ends. Add up the scores for each player, writing each player's total at the bottom of the score sheet under that player's name.

The player with the highest score wins the game.

Conclusion.

Centipede is a simple game. All you need is six coins, a Score Chart, and some people to play. Look for other simple games on Animal Game Annex.

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