Fun Family Games – Skunk


As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, my family likes to play games when we all get together.  One of the first games that we played as a whole family was a game called Skunk.  We only played it once a year when we spent a week at the lake.  Usually 2 or 3 nights during that week we would all gather in one of the cabins and prepare for a few rounds of skunk.  It is a simple game with a little bit of risk involved.  My Grandma made it a little more interesting by throwing some money into the mix.  Just some nickels and pennies, but having that dish of money in front of us made the game more exciting for my brothers and me.  I’ve never seen the actual rules for the game, but below is how we played it.

Skunk Dice (could use regular dice – just use the ‘1’ as the skunk side)
Small dishes
6 nickels per player
30 pennies per player

The amount of nickels and pennies can be adjusted, those are just suggested amounts.  Each player gets a small dish in which to put their coins.  Place one small dish in the center of the table.  The point of the game is to break 100 (or 200 or 300) points first.  You get points by rolling the dice and adding up the total number of dots.  However, if a player rolls a skunk their turn is done and points are lost.

IMG_3055Can you tell my family loves this game?  This must have been at the end of a long day in the sun.

Designate a scorekeeper.  They will keep track of the points for all players. Decide which player will go first.  Have player roll 2 dice together.  There are multiple things that can happen after each roll:
1) As long as no skunks were rolled, the player can count up the total dots rolled and choose to roll again
2) As long as there is not a skunk, the player may choose to take the points rolled and pass the dice to the next roller
3) If one of the dice has a skunk, then the player’s turn is over and they do not get any points that round.  They also must toss a penny in the center pot.
4) If one of the dice has a skunk and the other dice has a 2, the player must put 2 pennies in the pot. (This is not a continuation, only happens on 2’s).
5) If both dice have a skunk, then the player loses all points they’ve rolled for the entire game and they must put a nickel in the center pot.

So here is an example: The dice have gone around the table 3 times so you are starting round #4 and no one has broken 100 yet.  Player one rolls twice and gets a combined total of 18 points this round.  They stop and add it to their overall total.  Player 2 rolls twice and gets a skunk and a 5.  They lose the points they rolled so far that round, so can’t add to their overall score and they also toss a penny in the center pot.  Player 3 rolls and lands the dreaded double skunk.  They lose all points they’ve rolled so far this game and have to throw a nickel in the pot.

Once a player rolls past 100 points they can call the game.  Let’s say they rolled until 115 and they call the game.  Everyone gets one more chance to see if they can surpass them without rolling a skunk in the meantime.  If no one rolls past 115, then that person is the winner and collects all the money from the pot.  If someone surpasses them, then they call the game at the new score and the remaining people get a chance to roll to hopefully surpass them.

In the end, someone will end up with the jackpot from the center pot.  Since my family generally played several rounds a night throughout the vacation week, we’d always see at the end who the overall winner was.  And then that person got to spend the next year with this glorious thing:


Skunk Champion.  Rush Lake.  You Stink.


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