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Dart Games - Cricket

by Patricia Gilliam
March 2008

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3) Cricket (Simple Version; Without Points)

This is one of the most popular dart games in America. A scoreboard is made with the numbers 20 through 15 and bullseye in descending order down the center of the board, plus a "B" to stand for bullseye. The goal of the game is to "close" these numbers and bullseye before your opponent.

Throwing three darts each turn, players close numbers by hitting any number (15,16,17,18,19, 20, or bullseye) 3 times. The large sections are singles, the outer thin ring counts as x2, and the inner thin ring counts as x3. The inner bullseye counts x2 as well. You indicate scores on the board by a slash (/) next to the number scored once, "X" for scored twice, and then circle the X if the number is closed. Once you have masted this, be sure to look into the points-based version of the game.

4) Mulligan (Very Challenging)

This is an adaptation of cricket, only a lot harder. Players select 6 random numbers on the board plus the bullseye. Like cricket, numbers are closed. However, in mulligan the only way to score with the numbers chosen is to hit the thin inner ring (which in this game counts as 1 point instead of 3). The outer bullseye counts as a single and the inner counts as a double. Like cricket, there is also a points version of the game.

Again, a slash (/) represents 1 point, a "X" equals 2 points, and a circled X means the number is closed. The first player to close all the numbers and the bullseye wins.

5) '01 (Straight-In Version)

This game starts each player having a score of 301, 401, 501, 601, or 1001. The goal of the game is to get down to exactly zero. Using sets of 3 darts, players subtract the sum of their darts from their current score. On the board, the thin inner ring is worth 3 times the amount shown on the board, the thin outer ring is worth double the amount shown, and the large sections are the number shown.

The first player to reach exactly zero without "busting" (going below zero) wins. The strategy portion of this game comes in finding the best and quickest way of doing this.

6) Follow-the-Leader (Great for 3 or More Players)

This is dart's answer to the basketball game "H-O-R-S-E." Basically you start out with a set number of "lives" (your choice). The first player throws a dart at a random point on the dartboard. The following player must hit the same section within three darts or else lose a life. If the second player makes it, he or she then has the ability to aim for a more challenging section of the board for the third player. The game continues until only one person has lives left.

7) Road Rally

This game requires a little planning because you have to set up your "road course." Basically players decide ahead of time what sections of the board have to be hit twice (road obstacles) and which only have to be hit once (normal road). You can get as simple or complicated with this game as you like.

8) Warfare

Basically two people or two teams select to either be the "top army" (numbers 11, 14, 9, 12, 5, 20, 1, 18, 4 and 13) or the "bottom army" (6, 10, 15, 2, 17, 3, 19, 7, 16, and 8).

Keeping track on a piece of paper, the first person or team to knock out the opposing army wins. Just be careful not to get your own side, which does count. This game can be made harder by limiting the portions of the board that count.

9) Sudden Death (Ideal for 6+ Players)

Players take turns with 3 darts each and the person with the lowest score from each round is eliminated. As far as scoring, the wide sections count as singles, the outer ring doubles the number, and the inner ring triples the number. The outer bullseye counts as 25 points, and the inner bullseye counts for 50. This game is intended to be very fast-paced.

10) Castle

This game originated in Great Britain and is a great multi-player game. Players start by throwing a dart at random (nobody can have the same number), and the number they land on becomes their target number. The goal of players is to build a castle, which is represented by a pyramid of 15 boxes.

Players can concentrate on building their castle or eliminating blocks off of an opponent's castle (purposely hitting that player's number, which subtracts blocks). The same rules of singles, doubles, and triples apply for both adding and subtracting. The first person to build their castle wins.

After trying out several of these games, try researching different and more challenging versions of your favorites. There are many ways of adding either strategy to them (through points) or increased accuracy challenges to several of them. Good luck and have fun!

Other Dart Games:
Around the Clock
Nine Lives

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