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My newly bought, first-hand game of Rummikub (from Philos) came with a die. However, the game doesn't seem to use a die. Is there any variant that uses a die, if so, what for?

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Was this a second-hand copy, or new in box? –  goldPseudo Dec 17 '12 at 17:29
    
@goldPseudo It was newly bought; see update. –  gerrit Dec 17 '12 at 17:32
    
That does confuse the issue. I'm tempted to go out and buy myself a new copy just to see if this is actually a thing rather than a bizarre packing mistake; I have never before needed a die when playing. –  goldPseudo Dec 17 '12 at 17:43
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There is a game called Dice Rummikub, which uses dice instead of tiles; while related, it is its own game and requires more than a single die.

Short of being mixed into the box accidentally, or tossed in as a convenient first-player randomizer (because "high tile goes first" is just so complicated :p), I can't think of any reason for its inclusion in the regular tile-based Rummikub set.

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I could be misremembering (I couldn't find a source), but I think my old set of Rummikub might have included a die purely to decide who goes first.

I definitely remember buying a game that included a die that was only used to see who goes first. I remember only because it seemed so absurd as there are many other ways to decide who goes first.

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Couldn't you just pick tiles to determine starting player? –  ire_and_curses Dec 18 '12 at 15:12
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