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.