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?

  • Was this a second-hand copy, or new in box?
    – goldPseudo
    Dec 17, 2012 at 17:29
  • @goldPseudo It was newly bought; see update.
    – gerrit
    Dec 17, 2012 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, 2012 at 17:43
  • The company Antochia Crafts sell a wood set on Amazon (ASIN B07R1NSHSH). The materials list includes "1 dice" (sic). Their rules are not available on their website. Maybe someone who owns this expensive set can answer. Jan 3, 2022 at 19:44

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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.


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? Dec 18, 2012 at 15:12

I use to play this with my grandparents all the time and we used the dice to determine who went first, tho alot of players use a high tile for this as well we didn't know what else to do with the dice so that's what we used it for. I sure miss tho days some of my best memories love to hear others making those same amazing memories they last a life time cherish your loved ones ❤

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  • Thank you for trying to help, but your answer should probably be a comment on the question or one of the answers rather than in the form of an answer itself, as it doesn't seem to provide any new information. Jan 3, 2022 at 12:32

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