Bank or Bust (Print & Play)
Age 8+ | 15-20 minutes | 2 to 50 players
You headed west to make your fortune, but the situation is volatile. You’ve got to keep pushing your luck to improve your advantage and claim the bounty. But go too far and you may end up with nothing! Will you play it safe or risk it all on a big win?
This is a digital download of the game Bank or Bust. If you’d prefer a physical copy, Bank or Bust is available as a notepad game – here.
Play is simultaneous. The game occurs over several rounds. On each round, one player rolls a single die multiple times. Players track the numbers rolled on the path around the edge of their scoresheet. Each time the die is rolled, the number thrown is added to the previous total.
If a 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 is thrown: After each throw, independently each player must decide whether to bank OR spend OR continue.
If a 6 is thrown: Any player still in the round busts. When you bust, cross off a bust box. You may not bank or spend any money. If you run out of bust boxes, you are out of the game.
Points in the bank will count towards your end game score. Points spent will give you benefits later in the game. Maybe you'll start higher up the track each turn, or score double on fives... The higher up the track you push, the greater the potential rewards, but the further you have to fall...
To play, you’ll need to print a scoresheet for each player. You’ll receive the file in black and white, for easy printing. You may like to laminate your scoresheets and use dry erase pens to play. This will reduce your need to print new sheets out.
All the instructions for Bank or Bust are in the rules sheet, which will be sent with the scoresheets as a download. Each player will need a pen and something to act as a counter. You'll also need 1 die for the whole group. To play, you write directly onto the scoresheet.
Any number of players can play the game. Bank or Bust is also ideal for playing online via videoconferencing.
To play, you need one regular six-sided die. If you don’t have any to hand you can just ask Google to roll some for you.