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 '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

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.

  • 3
    Couldn't you just pick tiles to determine starting player? Dec 18 '12 at 15:12

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