by Jonathan Leistiko
Selectively gather tossed pennies, ultimately ending each round with more pennies than any other player.
Place all pennies in the Balcony. Peacefully choose someone to go first.
Starting with the first player and proceeding to the left, each player takes a turn. A turn consists of the following steps:
Turns continue until no pennies are left in the Balcony. This signifies the end of a round. At the end of a round, all players put their pennies back into the Balcony, scoring one point for each penny they replace.
You win when your score equals or exceeds the number of players times ten.
Seven Pennies was created when several friends whined about being bored and not having anything to do (Hi Dax!).
The game Seven Pennies was derived from the game Eights, which was taught to me by Frank M. Truelove. Thanks again, Frank!
One of the simplest variants is called T.K.O. Each player starts the game with three nickels (or other tokens). You lose a nickel every time time all of your pennies are sent to the Balcony (Canceled) by another player. You also lose a nickel every time you Throw and all of your pennies Booth (when your turn ends before you have a chance to Gather or Cancel). You gain a nickel if you Throw and Gather all pennies thrown. The game is no longer played for points; it ends when only one player has any nickels left.
Seven Pennies can also be played with a homogenous set of dice of any kind, although six and eight-sided dice are best.
For this variant, the method for Boothing changes: Look for pairs of dice that add up to one greater than the number of faces on any die. For example, if you are playing with eight-sided dice, you would be looking for pairs of dice which add up to nine. Set these pairs aside in the Balcony for the next player’s turn. If no dice are left in the Theater, then your turn is over.
Gathering and Cancelling becomes: Using the dice remaining in the Theater, you may either Gather or Cancel. If you have no dice, you may pick a number and gather all dice that have that number showing. If there are dice whose number matches the dice you have, then you may gather those dice. When gathering, remember to keep the face up that the die landed on. If you choose to Cancel, then you may pick a number and place any dice in the Theater with that number in the Balcony; a player of your choice with dice that would pair with that number (see Boothing) must place one of his or her dice in the Balcony for each die you place in the Balcony.
There is an optional rule for this variant which states that if you Throw and are capable of canceling your own dice, then you must cancel as many of your dice as possible. Another optional rule states that a player who Gathers instead of Canceling (when the choice is available) gets to take another turn.
There are many more possibilities for variations. If you think of some, I’d really like to hear them.