Posted by: briellethefirst | January 4, 2014

Gluckshaus


Believe it or not, this is an ancestor of roulette and dates from the late medieval period. Gluckshaus means house of luck or fortune. The board can be as ornate or simple as you’d like to make it. I rather like this form. It has 10 cells numbered 2-12, leaving out number 4. Cell 2 has a pig in it (in my picture I used a fish since I didn’t have a piggie stamp and trouts and salmons can be lucky), 7 is a wedding scene or rings or something that symbolizes wedding (the closest I had was a boat, voyage of wedded bliss…yeah, I know, it’s a stretch), and 12 is a king or throne or crown or something else that symbolizes royalty. When you make your own board you can leave other cells plain or have pictures of everyday things as you like.

Players: at least 2, but as many as you like. Players may enter or leave the game as they please.

Equipment: Board, 2 6-sided dice, as many pennies or coins as each player desires.

The players take turns counter-clockwise throwing the 2 dice and entering or taking coins from the board depending on what they throw. If you throw a 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10 or 11 you put a coin on the corresponding cell if it is empty or take a coin off if it has a coin on it.

If you roll 4 you don’t get a coin but you also don’t lose a coin to a cell.

If you roll a 7 you have to leave a coin no matter how many coins there are already on the cell. It’s a wedding, after all, and everyone brings gifts to a wedding. Get ready to stack the coins carefully.

If you roll a 2 you hit the lucky pig (or whatever) and get to take all the coins off the board except the wedding. Even luck likes a wedding.

If you roll a 12, that’s the king and you get to take all the coins from the whole board, even the wedding…mean king!

I have heard of a version that reverses the pig and king’s deeds, so the pig is mean to the wedding but the king is benevolent. One would needs be specific before starting or entering play.

Gluckshaus

Gluckshaus

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