Rules to Chickenfoot
Number of Players: 2 and up
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Type of Dominoes Used: Double 9
Type of Game: Blocking Game
What’s unique: Two different
formations are made: the double Chickenfoot and the Chickenfoot. The
double Chickenfoot is made at the beginning of each hand by playing 6
tiles diagonally, 3 on each side of the set tile. Chickenfoot are made
throughout the hand by playing 3 tiles diagonally on one side of a
double played during the game. Tiles played diagonally on the double
tile are called “Chickentoes.” A Chickenfoot or a double Chickenfoot
must have all the Chickentoes before any other plays can be made.
Also unique: 50 points are added to your score at the end of a hand if you are left holding the 0-0 tile.
Object of the game: To be the player with the lowest score at the end of the game.
Number of tiles drawn: Each player draws an equal number
of tiles from the “chicken yard.” For example: If 2 play, each draws 20
tiles; if 8 play, each draws 6 tiles. There are 55 tiles in the set of a
Double 9 set. (If using a Double 12 or 15 set, make adjustments
proportionately.) Tiles left after each player draws remain in the
chicken yard to be drawn from during the hand.
Set: Player holding the 9-9 makes the first play of the
game. Subsequent games would begin with the next-lowest double tile
(8-8, 7-7, 6-6 and so on, the last game beginning with the 0-0 tile). If
no one holds the correct double tile to begin that particular hand,
players may agree to either 1) go to the next-lowest double or 2)
reshuffle all the tiles and draw new hands. Play continues to the left.
The next 6 players must be made on the 9-9 tile, 3 tiles played
diagonally on each side of the 9-9 tile. This formation is called a
double Chickenfoot. To do this, players must match a tile from their
hand of the 9 suit to the 9-9 set tile. If 6 tiles have not been played
on the 9-9 set and a player does not hold a tile from the 9 suit in his
hand, he may draw one tile from the chicken yard. If he draws a tile
with a 9 end, he plays it on the set tile. If he does not draw a tile
from the 9 suit, he must pass his turn to the player to his left. After 6
tiles have been played on the 9-9 set tile, plays can be made on any of
the 6 Chickentoes by matching tiles end to end, until someone plays a
double tile. Once a double tile has been played on one of the
Chickentoes, the next three plays must be made on the double tile before
plays can be made anywhere else in the layout. This formation of 3
tiles played on the double tile is called a Chickenfoot. Once the new
Chickenfoot has been completed by playing 3 tiles diagonally on one side
of a double tile, players may return to adding tiles to any of the
chicken toes until someone plays another double. The game ends once a
player plays all the tiles in his hand or when the game ends in block
because none of the players are able to make a play and there are no
tiles in the Chickenyard to draw from. Players must count the dots on
the tiles remaining in their hand (1 point per 1 dot) and record their
score. Remember that the player caught having the 0-0 gets 50 points.
For the next hand, tiles are reshuffled and each player draws the same
number of tiles from the chicken yard as he or she did at the beginning
of the previous hand played. The second hand begins with the 8-8 tile;
the third hand with the 7-7 tile and so on. For a longer game players
may choose to continue playing by starting another hand with the 1-1
tile following the hand that began with the 0-0 tile as set. Subsequent
hands would begin with the next highest double played as set (2-2, 3-3,
and so on up to the last hand beginning with the 9-9 tile).
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©1987 by Louis and Betty Howsley