I’ve discovered a new game on Facebook – Farkle. Don’t you just love the sound of the word? Farkle. Farkle, Farkle, Farkle.

The game is similar to Yahtzee. You “roll” six dice and take points with each roll. The points can be as simple as rolling a “1” for l00 points, or a “5” for 50 points. Three of a kind is worth 100 times the value of the dice. For example, three 2’s are worth 200 points. If you don’t have points in a roll you get Farkle. There’s that word again. Farkle, Farkle, Farkle.

If you Farkle three times in a row, 500 points get deducted from your score, even if that score is “0”.

Believe it or not, there is strategy involved. Do I risk a Farkle to gain another 100 points? It might be helpful to know something about the laws of probability, because when you get down to the last two dice, there’s a risk of Farkle and losing accumulated points for that turn.

Farkle sounds like a word that a child would use. Said child misunderstands “farted” and says “Bubba farkled.” Or, the child might say, “Stars sure do farkle.”

How about saying Farkle when you smash a finger? Does it have the same power as other words we use?

I guess I’ll quit farkling around and get busy.

5 thoughts on “Farkle

  1. Barbara Hill says:

    I confess. I have become addicted to Farkel. At first I couldn’t figure out what to do. I would have been better off if I still didn’t know. Like Mary, I have to get up, get busy and quit thinking about it.
    Hummmm, have I got time for one more fast game before I go to the post office???

  2. Sherri Alspach says:

    haha, I love Farkle on Facebook. I have to confess the name is pretty neat. You have to be careful though because it really does suck you in. I was playing the other night and suddenly it was midnight.

    My husband came came in and asked if I was coming to bed. I could not believe I played that long!

    I bet you’d love Greedy Greedy. We play that with friends and we all love it. It’s basically Farkle but it doesn’t have the -500 and it uses cards that allow to to gain bonus points and interact with other players.

    Their website is http://www.highpointgames.com

    I love your blog, keep up the great posts!

    Good luck and best wishes,


  3. Mary Ingmire says:

    Oh no! Not another gamesite! As if I don’t have enough ways to waste time 🙂

    I clicked on Farkle to see what it was about and 2 hours later I was still at it. I’ll have to try Greedy Greedy. These computer games are wonderful. Farkle is a game you can play without a computer.

    Thanks for reading my blog.

  4. Melanie Jernigan says:

    I was tempted to Farkle too, but so far I have not added it to my list of FB applications. Bob and I played it (in real life) with his family in Augusta. We always have a blast with the game itself and with seeing how many ways we can work the word “farkle” into our sentences! 🙂

  5. Mary Ingmire says:

    I’m going to take dice to the cabin. Even if I have to Farkle alone, I can have fun.

    I like the idea of working Farkle into sentences – how about Farkleburgers instead of Oh s**t!
    Let’s farkle up the barbie and throw on some shrimp.
    If you lean toward piracy, there’s always Farkle me timbers.
    Have you farkled that cute guy at the end of the bar?
    When you downplay something you really wanted, it can be called sour farkles
    I would go to work today but frankly, I’m farkled.

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