/ October 3, 2022/ Dice Games, Math Games/ 0 comments

Gamewright is a solid game company, and we’ve yet to play a game of theirs we didn’t enjoy. Qwixx is no exception! This is a fast-paced dice game, stores small, and a great way to get some math practice in!

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Qwixx is another game easy to DIY.  It just needs six regular six-sided dice, though it does need specific colors.  Two dice are white, and there are one each of green, blue, yellow, and red.  If you have a different color, just note it on your score sheets.  When I printed off the rules and score sheets, I was still using a printer that only had black ink, so I hand-colored the score sheets before laminating.

The original Qwixx just uses addition, but I’ve seen instructions for using it for multiplication practice. (I did not create these, but have seen them shared and it was indicated that they’re free to share. Unfortunately, the author is not credited in the file.) To use Qwixx for multiplication practice, choose what multiples you want to practice and that card, then just multiply whatever dice you want to use by that number. So if you want to practice 4’s, choose the 4’s card (it will have 8, 12, 16, etc on it), and then multiply the number on your dice by 4. (I have since created my own version of multiplication Qwixx scorecards that are a little different.)

I love that it’s not just math practice – there’s actual strategy, too.  And every player needs to pay attention to every roll, so there’s not a ton of downtime between turns.

How to play Qwixx

My DIY’d game of Qwixx. See how small that bag is?!? (Score sheets stored separately.)

On your score sheet, two colors have numbers from 2 through 12, and two colors have numbers from 12 through 2.  All numbers must be used, and therefore crossed out, left to right.  So you don’t want to cross off a number on the right side of your score sheet early in the game before you get other numbers in that color.

To play, the active player rolls the dice and adds up the numbers on the white dice, announcing the sum out loud.  All players may cross out that number on one of their color rows.  The active player then adds one of their colored dice to one of the white dice and crosses off that number on the corresponding color row.

Each of these actions is optional. There are penalties for the active player if they don’t cross off at least one number during their turn.

If you want to cross off the right-most number on a row, you have to first cross off at least 5 numbers to the left of that number.  Crossing off the right-most number on a row locks that row for all players. Then no one can cross off any more numbers on that row.

Our dice are a variety of sizes and styles because I just raided our big bag of random dice we’ve collected for Dungeons and Dragons.

Qwixx is great for strategy

So this raises some questions. Do you focus on getting every number in a row, or do you skip some numbers?  The more numbers you cross off, the higher your score. If you focus too much on getting every number, you might miss out on several, and then someone might lock the row on you.  Do you focus on one color at a time, or try to get them all evenly filled?  You don’t want someone else to lock a row before you have any numbers crossed off in it at all!  Do you lock that row, or leave it open and see if you can get more numbers crossed off?

I love games that encourage strategic thinking.  So much of our lives revolve around making choices. I feel it’s important to have a risk-free avenue to practice choice-making.

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