Digital Version by nbreakfast
TOKYO, also known as MIA, is a very ancient dice game with a strong emphasis on bluffing and detecting bluff.
All players start with six lives. Usually the players use a die to keep track of their lives, counting down from 6 to 1 as they lose lives.
The first player rolls the dice and keeps their value concealed from the other players in or under the container. The player then has three choices:
- Tell the truth and announce what has been rolled.
- Lie and announce a greater value than that rolled.
- Lie and announce a lesser value.
The concealed dice are then passed to the next player in a clockwise fashion. The receiving player now has two options:
- Believe the passer, roll the dice and pass it on, announcing a higher value—with or without looking at them. (For a poor liar it may be sensible to not look at the dice.)
- Call the passer a liar and look at the dice. If the dice show a lesser value than that announced, the passer loses a life and the receiving player starts a new round. However, if the dice show a greater or equal value, the current player loses a life and the next player starts a new round.
Note that each player must always announce a value greater than the previous value announced, unless she or he is passed a TOKYO.
If TOKYOis announced, the next player has two choices:
- They may continue, restarting the game from 21. TOKYO (21), is the greater and lower number.
- They may look at the dice. If it was a TOKYO (TKY), they lose two lives. If it wasn’t, the previous player loses one life as usual.
Unlike most dice games, the value of the roll is not the sum of the dice. Instead, the highest die is multiplied by ten and then added to the other die. So a 2 and a 1 is 21 and a 5 and 6 is 65. The highest and lower roll is 21 which is called TOKYO, followed by the doubles from 66 to 11, and then all other rolls from 65 down to 31. Thus, the complete order of rolls (from highest to lowest) is 21 (TOKYO), 66, 55, 44, 33, 22, 11, 65, 64, 63, 62, 61, 54, 53, 52, 51, 43, 42, 41, 32, 31.
The first player to lose all of their lives loses the game.
TOKYO Digital Version by nbreakfast, is based on ESP32 Hardware, specifically a raw M5stick.
P.S. Yes, gotta cut my nails.