Thrift Treasure: 7-Spot YOTT

Thrift Treasure: 7-Spot YOTT

I may have done it again. Two weeks in a row. I bought another game at Goodwill just because I thought the dice were cool. And they were playing card dice again, just like last week’s Showdown Poker. At least they weren’t the same dice – these are much more complex. And larger. And not made of wood. I’m actually not entirely positive what they are made from. It seems to be some type of plastic composite.

7-Spot YOTT was another game we purchased because of the cool dice. This time we're keeping the dice and trashing this Yahtzee clone. - SahmReviews.com

Either way, it’s in our collection now. 7-Spot YOTT by Classic Games Company advertised itself as the “finest playing and best designed five-dice game in existence”. Pretty hefty claims considering the popularity of Yahtzee, which preceded this 1977 release by more than 20 years.

7-Spot YOTT was another game we purchased because of the cool dice. This time we're keeping the dice and trashing this Yahtzee clone. - SahmReviews.com

7-Spot YOTT includes five 3/4″ custom dice with seven numbers, two jokers and four suits arranged in such a manner that any poker hand (ace through seven) can be thrown. Also included is a Yahtzee-style scorepad and a large dice cup.

7-Spot YOTT was another game we purchased because of the cool dice. This time we're keeping the dice and trashing this Yahtzee clone. - SahmReviews.com

On each player’s turn they will throw the dice up to three times, keeping as many or as few as they like. After the third roll, their turn is complete and they must (if they can) record a score. (Sounding familiar yet?)

7-Spot YOTT was another game we purchased because of the cool dice. This time we're keeping the dice and trashing this Yahtzee clone. - SahmReviews.com

Scoring options include the familiar 1’s, 2’s, etc., along with four kinds of straights, flushes, straight flushes and 5 of a kinds. Some more complex bonuses are achievable by not having any zeroes or scoring over 1200. Again, almost ripped exactly off a Yahtzee scorecard with the addition of a few card-specific options.

7-Spot YOTT was another game we purchased because of the cool dice. This time we're keeping the dice and trashing this Yahtzee clone. - SahmReviews.com

As it turns out, 7-Spot YOTT is nothing more than a variation of Yahtzee. At least I have some cool new dice! If you want your own copy (or the dice), you can easily find examples on eBay Wait for a reasonably-priced version well under $10 shipped or keep an eye out at your local thrift stores for a better price!

What game do you keep in your collection just because you love the components?

Scott

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A former manufacturing executive, Scott now balances his family life with ownership and backend administration of websites such as SahmReviews.com, GiftCardCollector.com and a number of other online properties. He also is an occasional writer and full-time board game fanatic.

3 comments on «Thrift Treasure: 7-Spot YOTT»

  1. Interesting. I could probably get my family to play this.

  2. Sparks says:

    While I like interesting dice, card dice do not sound all that interesting. It makes me feel that they literally took a card game and swapped cards for dice, increasing randomness but loosing strategy and the ability to plan.

  3. Andrew W. says:

    Finally! My family has had a set of these dice hanging around for ages but no one knew what they were from! So cool to find out.

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