Thrift Treasure: The Game of Chips

Thrift Treasure: The Game of Chips

It’s once again been quite some time since we’ve found anything new to us by Jax Games at our local thrift stores. A few years ago it seemed like every time we turned around we were finding something we didn’t already own. Many are still game night favorites, with Doodle Dice and Link-O making it to our game table almost weekly.

Our Goodwill has a separate section of games where they pile the decks of cards and small-box titles, most priced at 88 cents. This week we finally scored another Jax title in that section – The Game of Chips! And it was another example of a game that doesn’t appear to even have been played once since the cover sheet of the included score pad was still intact.

We've found quite a few by Jax Games that became favorites. This week it is The Game of Chips. Is it worth picking up or should you make your own copy? - SahmReviews.com

The Game of Chips is a pretty simple game and could easily be played using household items or extra game parts. Included in the box are two standard six-sided dice, ten poker chips numbered one through ten and the previously-mention score pad.

We've found quite a few by Jax Games that became favorites. This week it is The Game of Chips. Is it worth picking up or should you make your own copy? - SahmReviews.com

Two or more players take turns by rolling both dice and removing chips from the center that equal the sum of their roll. A player keeps rolling until they can no longer remove chips and any leftover numbers become their score for the round. The dice are then passed to the next player.

We've found quite a few by Jax Games that became favorites. This week it is The Game of Chips. Is it worth picking up or should you make your own copy? - SahmReviews.com

Once everyone has taken three turns, the player with the lowest total from all three rounds is the winner. The Game of Chips is a nearly 100% luck game since it relies on the roll of the dice. Of course you must decide which chips to remove since there may be more than one combination available, but that’s the extent of the strategy.

We've found quite a few by Jax Games that became favorites. This week it is The Game of Chips. Is it worth picking up or should you make your own copy? - SahmReviews.com

Expect a full game to last about 5 minutes per player, and in theory could support an unlimited number of participants. With a larger group it probably would make sense to have more than one copy on hand to prevent a long down time between turns.

New copies of The Game of Chips are available on Amazon for under $8 shipped. But if you have some extra poker chips laying around and a couple dice, this is a game you could easily make your own copy of. Or keep searching those 88 cent bins at Goodwill – one will certainly turn up!

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.

6 comments on «Thrift Treasure: The Game of Chips»

  1. krystal says:

    A perfect game for family game night! I haven’t seen this one before.

  2. I hadn’t heard of this game before. It looks to me like it would be great for helping children learning math to recognize numbers in different forms.

  3. I’ve never heard of this game before, but I’d love to try it. These types of games are great because they make learning fun! It’s perfect for young minds.

  4. Marcie W. says:

    Love the simplicity of this game! My son struggles with math and this would be a fun way to help him sharpen those skills.

  5. Becky says:

    I like how simple the game is. It’s definitely something my nephews would enjoy.

  6. Doug Morris says:

    Neat take on Shut-The-Box.

    TV viewers of a certain generation remember this as “High Rollers”, one of Alex Trebek’s projects pre-Jeopardy! Only differences: Numbers were 1-9 and any roll of doubles, eventually, allowed a free roll.

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