Farkle, Zilch, or Ten Thousand – What’s in a name?

Do you play cards? Board games? Dice? We do in my family. It’s become a favorite pastime when we get together. Well, that and jigsaw puzzles, but don’t get me started on how addicting those things are.

Anyhow, I grew up playing cards…Hearts, Spades, Whist, Canasta, Michigan Rummy. Because of that, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for games. Nowadays, I play pinochle once a week with the same group I used to take my father to. I think I’ll probably play cards for as long as I can still shuffle them. 🙂

The last few years, we’ve been playing a dice game more than cards at family gatherings. It’s all about points, rolling 6 dice. As long as you get points, you can keep rolling. And the first one to 10,000 gets bragging rights.

I began playing Zilch several years ago. Shortly after I started playing it, someone else called it “10,000.” Then, a couple years ago, my niece called it Farkle. In fact, I called her on it, saying this can’t be the same game. But it is.

Zilch, as I know it, goes by many names. 10,000, Farkle, Cosmic Wimpout, Greed, Hot Dice, , Squelch. I can’t believe one game has so many different names. The point values and rules vary a little, but it’s the same basic game. That cracks me up.

Whatever you call it, it’s the perfect game for a larger group. We can get 10 or 12 people around the table playing. It can take 2 to 3 hours with that many people, but there’s a lot of conversation and catching up that goes on when it’s not your turn to roll. And yes, I keep as many of those score sheets as possible, not that I get bragging rights all that often. 🙂


So Zilch/10,000/Farkle is high on my list of fun things to do with family and friends.

Do you play cards? Dice? Some other pastime? I hope you get some time this summer to relax and enjoy a good game with those you love.

Oh, and a happy, happy banner birthday to my sister, Char. I won’t say WHICH banner birthday, because she never looks her age anyhow. But as the eldest, she did a lot of taking care of us while our parents worked. Not sure how she maintained that perennially happy demeanor after all that, but we love her for it!

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9 responses to “Farkle, Zilch, or Ten Thousand – What’s in a name?

  1. Sending a Happy Birthday to your sister. I used to play cribbage with my dad but haven’t played for years. Here in Jubilee Triple Play is popular. They also call it Foot and Tail. Love the comraderie of games.

    • Foot and Tail? Somebody at cards was talking about a game like that, but I kept getting the name confused with Hand, Foot, and Mouth disease. Lol. Games are fun. And I passed along your birthday wishes.

  2. Happy birthday to your sister! Never heard of this game, but it sounds fun. I grew up playing rummy for pennies. It was a lot of fun. I DO enjoy a jigsaw puzzle, but have to be careful as the feline likes to bat the pieces off the table. Jillian

  3. Happy Birthday to Char! Never heard of Zilch, but it sounds good. I play poker with my mum and really love a good jigsaw. I also got hooked on solitaire a while back.

  4. I’ve passed your birthday wishes along. And yes, we are kindred puzzle people. Definitely.

  5. Never heard of any of those card games. We always played cards in my family on a Sunday evening and in Dave’s family when together at Christmas. Now it seems we’re confined to playing solitary card games on our phones and computers. Seems such a shame as playing together is far more fun. And I do love a jigsaw – the bigger the better.

    • Thanks for popping in, Kit! I agree. Interactive game playing…in person…is the best. 🙂 Any type of game. And I think just about everyone here at OTBF loves jigsaw puzzles. 🙂

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