TAROTS & GAMES - The Royal Game of the Goose
Presentation and rules
Number of players : 2 or more
Equipment : Game board, 2 dice, and
1 counter per player in the classical version
(Compare the team version below).
The gameboard pattern is a spiral of 63 fields, from the outside to the inside. Many fields have special hazards or benefits for players who land on them. The object of the game is to travel along the spiral from field 1 to field 63, and the first player who successfully lands exactly on field 63, called "the Garden of the Goose", wins and takes the pot.
To start : Each player rolls the two dice. The highest roll determines who plays first and chooses a distinct color of playing piece. Turns move clockwise.
On each turn, a player rolls the two dice and advances the counter along the spiral by as many fields as the sum of the two dice. The player must deal with any situation on the space landed on, be they hazards or benefits. The special bonus and malus fields are described below.
It is not necessary to roll any particular number to enter a counter onto the fields.
Two playing pieces may not occupy the same field at the same time. Whenever you land on an occupied field, that player's counter goes back to the space you came from.
Whenever you land on a field with a goose, you double your move and advance again the sum of the dice you just rolled. If that puts you on yet another goose, advance again, until you no longer land on a goose.
You must arrive on field 63 by an exact count and may use the number of either of your two dice. If you overthrow the required number, you must step forward into 63 and then move backwards the surplus number of points. If this lands you on a goose, continue moving backwards the same count again.
The spacing of the goose fields is such that a roll of 9 on a first turn would send a player directly home, so a special provision is made for a roll of 9 on the first turn : If the roll is a 6 and 3, move directly to field 26; if the roll is a 4 and 5, advance all the way to 53. This rule applies only to a player's very first roll of the game. Rolling doubles does not count extra and has no special benefit.
The Special Fields :
6 The Bridge : If you land on 6, pay for easement and advance immediately to field 12.
19 The Inn : The good food and drink makes you sleepy. You pay for the service and lose 1 turn. (Exception: if another player lands at the Inn within the same turn, you change places and you go back to the space that player just came from).
31 The Well : If you fall in the Well, lose 2 turns, unless another player landing there saves you sooner. You pay for being saved and go back to the field that player just arrived from.
42 The Maze : You get lost, pay for finding your way and yourself back at field 30.
52 The Prison : If you land in prison, you pay a token every turn, stay until another player landing there relieves you and you go back to that player's last field.
58 Death : Go back to the beginning and start all over.
If a player lands on another player's field, both pay one token and change places each other.
Rules for the
Team Variation of the Goose Game
Number of players: Two or more
Equipment : Game board, 2 dice, 4 counters per player for up to four players, or
2 counters per player for five or more players.
Start and play as for the classical game, with these exceptions : When you roll the two dice, you may use each of the two numbers separately. You can use one number for one of your counters and the other number for another of your counters. A little strategy will let you keep your counters out of the major pitfalls.
When one of your counters lands in the Prison, only that counter is stuck. You are free to move the others. However, when trapped at the Inn or the Well, you lose those turns and cannot move any of your counters for the duration.
You may reach field 63 with an exact count on either die. When one of your counters reaches field 63 by an exact count, bear it off the board. The first player to bear off all four counters wins.
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> Game of the Goose Museum
Original illuminated painting of the Goose Game
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