perudo game review

perudo game review – It Is Time To Bluff

perudo game review

The game has many names: Pirate Dice, Liar’s Dice, “that dice game from the Pirates of the Caribbean”, “5 Dice in a Cup game”, “Loud Noises Game”, and Perudo. Many of these games afore mentioned have their own variations to the rules of the game, but all of these games have the main components in common: an opaque cup and 5 dice for each player. Since this is the perudo game review, we will only be looking at this variant of the game.  Because there are so many variants to this game, I am providing instructions within my review.

perudo game review

perudo game review – The Set Up

You need 2 or more players. Perudo is most fun with 5 or more players and we will get into the reasons for this later. For every player involved, you will need an opaque (none see through) cup and five 6 sided dice. This game needs to be played on a hard surface, because you are rolling dice.

perudo game review

perudo game review – The Turn-by-Turn

  1. At the beginning of each round, all players shake their dice filled cups, and then with a flipping/slamming motion puts the cup face down on the table trapping the dice in the upside down cup. Each player may look at their own dice, by carefully lifting their cups to peek at their dice.
  2. There is a math aspect to this game, and I have a cheat sheet for the math lower in this post. Players choose a player to go first,
    • and the first player makes a bid.
    • Play proceeds to the next player to the left, this player can:
      • Make a new bid, or
      • Call the last bidder (in other words saying that the last bidders bid is not valid). Play stops here if this happens, and after this is resolved, Step 1 begins again.
  1. Players lose dice when they:
    • Call the last bidder and the bid is valid.
    • Are called on a bid and their bid was not valid
  2. When a player loses a die, that player is the one to start the next round.
  3. When a player is down to 1 die left, a 1 turn special round called “palafico” is introduced (this round does not happen in a two player game, or when a game gets down to two players.) This round gets many name changes throughout game play: like “plump your goat”.
    • During this round 1’s are not wild, all players are stuck with the face value introduced by the “palafico” player. Each player either goes up on dice quantity, or calls. Once this round is over play goes back to normal, unless another player goes to 1 die left, then they too get a special round. REMEMBER this round does not happen with only 2 players.
  4. The game ends when there is only one player with dice left in their cup.

perudo game review

perudo game review – The BID Process

When a player makes a bid, they are using information gathered from a few sources:

  • The number of dice at the table(in our example we will have four players, which means at the start of a game there is 20 dice.) All players are playing with all dice at the table, even though you will not see all the dice at the table.
  • At the start of a Game a Player will know what 5 of the dice are at the table (so in our example, they know ¼ of the dice face values).
  • The players must bid (say a quantity of dice, along with a face value: “I think that there are Four (quantity) 3’s (Face Value) at the table.”)
  • The next player must do 1 of two things:
    • Make a new bid. This is done through either raising the (quantity of dice, and/or the face value). If a player wanted to lower the face value, they would need to raise the quantity of dice.
      • Example for raising current face value: Four 3’s were just bid and there are 20 dice at the table, the odds of this bid being Valid are extremely high, since 1’s are wild and natural 3’s are most likely roled. So you look under your cup and you have (two 5s) and a (1), so you change the face value of the bid to 5, saying “I think that there are Four 5’s.” (this is a correct play because you raised the face value of the dice).
      • Example for raising the quantity of dice: Four 3’s were just bid, and you know you have a 1 (wild) under your cup also your other two dice are 2’s, you feel like there maybe a lot of 2’s at the table seeing you have 3 of them, but you cannot change the bid to Four 2’s, because either number must increase. The proper way to play this is: Raise the quantity of dice to 5 or more, and then you are allowed to lower the face value to whatever number you wish (excluding 1’s): saying “I think that there are 5 2’s.”
      • Example for changing to and from 1’s: 1’s are wild, but they can be used as a bid, but not as a starting bid to a round. Let’s continue using our example from above. The bib is at Four 3’s and you have one 1 under your cup. To change the current bid to 1’s requires a bit of division.
        • First take the quantity of dice, if the dice are an odd number round them up to the nearest even number, and divide by 2, this new number is the current bid. “I think that there are 2 1’s.” NOTE: You can increase the number of 1’s in your bid, but it becomes dangerous quite quickly. The next player gets the choice to keep the bid in 1’s (raising the quantity of the dice only) or moving the dice back to normal numbers.
        • To move the Dice back to normal numbers, take the current quantity of 1’s and multiply by 2 and add 1, this is your new quantity of dice, you can then choose any face value to go with this quantity: “I think that there are Five 3’s.”
      • When a player Calls:
        • Game play stops, all players raise their cups revealing their dice. All players push into the middle their 1’s and dice matching the face value on the bid. If it was Four 3’s all players push into the middle their 3’s and 1’s.
        • If the number of Dice in the middle is equal or greater than the current bid, the player who made the Call, loses one die. This die is removed from the game, thus decreasing the overall amount of dice. Game play would then start with the player who lost the die.
        • If the number of Dice in the middle is less than the current bid, the player who made the last Bid, loses one die. This die is removed from the game, thus decreasing the overall amount of dice. Game play would then start with the player who lost the die.
      • The reason the game is called Liar’s Dice by some, is that they do not understand that you are playing with all the dice at the table, and not just the #’s under your cup. You do not need to bid with any of the face values under your cup, but can make bid’s using guesses at what the other dice at the table might be. This is bluffing, because the next player may think that you have some of the numbers you mentioned. For example a player may start the game saying Four 3’s and have no 3’s under their cup. The next player may Call them, and when the Dice are revealed, there may be enough dice in the middle to cover the player’s Bid. There are many strategies to this game, which makes it very fun, also the game is very inexpensive to put together.

perudo game review

perudo game review – The Cheat Sheet

Bidding: Either the Quantity of Dice or the Face Value of Dice must go up; Face Value can go down, if Quantity goes up

You can never start a round with 1’s unless it is the Palafico (where 1’s are not wild, and you cannot change the face value of dice in this round). 1’s are wild.

To use 1’s in a bid, take the current quantity of Dice (if it is odd round up to nearest even) and divide by 2, this is the quantity for your 1’s bid. Play continues with 1’s even if the Quantity changes unless the next rule is followed.

To turn 1’s back into normal #’s take the quantity of 1’s multiply by 2 and add 1, this is your new quantity for numbers (2,3,4,5,6) and play proceeds as normal from here.

When a player goes down to one die, a one round special round called Palafico is played. The first bidder locks the face value, and only the quantity can change (it can only go up), 1’s are not wild in this round. After this round play goes back to normal.

perudo game review – Tips

If a bid is using more than ½ the dice, start to be cautious, It is hard, but not impossible for the bid to be valid. If the current bid is closer to ¾ of the dice, it is normally ok to call it.

The game not only plays the odds of dice being rolled, but also you are playing the players as well. Remember that players may be feeding you wrong info, also players may not be playing with their own dice. Pay attention to how people are playing.

Have fun playing this crazy game,

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