Las Vegas, aka?Vegas, is an...
Las Vegas, aka?Vegas, is an interactive dice game with simple rules and an interesting variant.
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In Las?Vegas, aka Vegas, players play as risk-taking gamblers trying their luck in the glitzy world of Las Vegas.
Six casinos can be visited, each of them showing a different number (1 to 6) and each with a different amount of money available for you to win. Round after round, you'll ask yourself the same questions: What casino should I place my dice on in order to gain a majority there? Where will my opponents be placing their dice? And where can I maybe grab a tidy sum from a competitor and roll it into my own pockets?
But be careful, that kind of battle over the biggest bucks has gone bad more than once - leaving someone else laughing at the end!? The winner is the player with the most money after four rounds.
Las Vegas is played out over four rounds. In each round, players will get about four or five dice-rolling turns.
At the beginning of each round, for each of the six casinos, players draw banknotes until at least $50,000 is showing for that casino. The amount of money that can be won at a paricular casino may end up being a lot more than $50,000, making that casino more desirable to play at.
Each player takes eight dice of? his own color (red, green, blue, black or white).
On your turn, roll all of the dice you have left (all of them to start the round, fewer and fewer as the round goes on). Then, you must choose exactly one of the numbers rolled and place all of those dice on the matching-numbered casino. It doesn't matter if you or another player already has dice on that casino or not.
It is then the next player's turn to roll and place dice. Play continues thusly until all players have placed all of their dice. Once the last player has placed her final dice on a casino, the casinos pay out:
First, check each casino to see if two or more players have the same number of dice there. Wherever this is the case, each of the affected players removes all of their affected dice on that casino back to their supplies.
Afterward it is time to distribute the banknotes from the first casino. The player with the most dice on the casino receives the highest-valued banknote and takes the dice she has on that casino back. Any remaining banknotes are distributed to the remaining players with dice on that casino in order of descending number of dice. Should there not be enough banknotes for everyone, then the remaining players miss out. Any banknotes left on the casino after distribution, go back to the bank. Place them face down beneath the pile of banknotes.
Pay out the other five casinos in the same manner.
Variant for 2 to 4 Players:
When fewer than five are playing, one of the unused dice colors can be used as neutral dice. With 2 players, each player receives 4 neutral dice. With 3 or 4 players, each player receives 2 neutral dice and the start player for that round takes the leftover neutral dice as well.
On your turn, you must roll your neutral dice along with those of your own color and then place them just as you would your own. Remember, you have to place all of the dice of a particular number, whether they're yours or neutral.
At the end of a round, the neutral dice are scored as if they belonged to an additional (imaginary) player. Any money the imaginary player wins goes to the bank.
Developer Stefan Br?ck at alea describes Vegas as 'an easy, dice-rolling, fun-and-luck game with a lot of interaction and Schadenfreude.'? Schadenfreude is pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. (It doesn't translate well to a single word in English.) It's a good description of Vegas, though, because if you want to win big, you'll often have to tromp on the plans of other players.
Las Vegas is a light, casual game that's easy to learn and quick to play making it perfect for families, non-gamers or a filler between heavier games. Whoever you play it with, you're sure to hear plenty of laughs and groans as you roll the dice
Las Vegas rates a 1 out of 10 on alea's difficulty scale.
Note: This game has been released under two different names: Vegas and Las Vegas. They are essentially the same. The only difference seems to be in which languages the rules are provided in. Vegas includes rules in English, French and German. Las Vegas includes rules in English and French only.
Contents: 40 dice (8 in each player color: red, green, blue, black and white), 6 casinos (1 Golden Nugget, 2 Caesars Palace, 3 The Mirage, 4 Sahara, 5 Luxor, 6 Circus Circus), 54 banknotes (5 each of $90,000, $80,000, $70,000 and $60,000; 6 each of $50,000, $40,000 and $10,000; 8 each of $30,000 and $20,000), and 1 start player card. Vegas includes full-color rules in English, German and French. Las Vegas includes full-color rules in English and French only.
Note:?Vegas is imported from Germany. It is not widely available in the United States.
|Number of Players||2 to 5|
|Playing Time||30 minutes|
|Suggested Ages||8 and up|
|Mechanics||dice rolling, dice, family games, commodity speculation, area influence|
|Illustrator||Harald Lieske and Mia Steingraber|
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