I remember a simple but interesting dice game, I remember the rules but I don't know its name. I would like to know its name to be able to look up stuff about it.

It is played with two 6-sided dice. The score of a throw is the two-digit number built from the two results, the higher number first, except when the two dice roll the same, these are worth more. For example, 32 is beaten by 51 which in turn is beaten by 22 (double-two).

The players (usually 3, 4 or slightly more) take turns throwing both dice but hiding the result, and announcing it loudly. The next player has to say a bigger score than the previous one (except for a double-six, which, if I remember correctly, can be played on a previous double-six), regardless of his own result. A player, before throwing his own dice, has the possibility to claim that the previous player lied. This, and only this, ends the game. If the previous player told the truth, he wins, if not, the one who exposed him wins.

I hope this is enough to accurately identify the game :)

2 Answers 2



It's a variant of Liar's Dice.

The variant in question is, according to Wikipedia, called Mexican or Mexicali, and is typically a drinking game. My preference is for Mexicali.

Other liars dice variants are typically 5 dice, not two, but the play's much the same.

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    I was going to say it sounded like a Liar's Dice variant. Sounds cool, I might have to try it some time.
    – Johno
    Commented Jul 28, 2012 at 7:52
  • While it sounds very much like what I'm looking for, it seems that this "Mexicali" is only derived from it. The description says that 21 is bigger than 66. This changes a lot of things, because the chance of a 21 is twice as big as that of a 66.
    – vsz
    Commented Jul 28, 2012 at 8:58
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    It changes little, vsz - such games have a lot of variations, and the description in Wikipedia is one such local variation misconstrued as more widespread.
    – aramis
    Commented Aug 24, 2012 at 4:41

It's Mexicali and a company made a pretty cool version of it for retail with a pirate theme. It's called "Dead Man's Chest" and comes in a small wooden crate with two D6 with a skull and crossbones for the "1" side as well as a bunch of small gems and reference cards that list the hierarchy of the possible combinations.

Dead Man's Chest

Each player gets five gems and loses one each time they get busted lying. It's a fun way to play if you aren't drinking and the wood crate is a nice touch as you shake it and then just slide the top back to peak at the dice.

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