Yahtzee and SexualityNovember 19, 2011
Yahtzee is a game of romance. The nervous anticipation of dice in a shaker, the exuberance of rolling a Yahtzee, and a dedicated relationship with a lifelong hobby. Yahtzee can entwine two souls in everlasting love – both for each other and for rolling bonuses. Yahtzee represents all forms of love as the egoless union of two or more players through dice. And variations like Strip Yahtzee rules can really spice things up!
Some people say that craps is the dice game for lovers - but those people are damn fools. Yahtzee is the one true romantic pastime for sweethearts and anyone who stands for love equality. The sweet plastic pitter-patter of dice in a Yahtzee shaker is like the thumping heartbeats of a pair of lovers. A cosmic energy flows rhythmically within the cup until the dice erupt onto the tabletop in a moment of ecstatic joy. A game of Yahtzee can be a sensual experience, played as a way to explore one’s own sexuality.
If you’re single and ready to mingle, consider organizing a weekly game night. A Yahtzee party is a great place to meet other eligible singles. Use your smooth Yahtzee skills to impress your crush. What a great story to tell your grandkids one day. A Yahtzee party is best held on a day that end in ‘Y’, with ‘Yahtzee Tuesday’ having the highest palindromic orientation. As a bonus, Yahtzee Tuesday is a perfect match for Taco Tuesday.
Yahtzee is inherently non-biased and incapable of discrimination. All players are treated equally under a system of fair gameplay and gender equality. Its core elements are aligned with the concept of a unified all-encompassing love, making it an especially attractive target for cupid’s arrow. Five dice, one love, love is love – that’s how Yahtzee rolls.
Practicing Yahtzee on a more serious level doesn’t necessitate knowledge of advanced strategy or number theory. The sole requirement is the recognition of one simple truth: that people are who they are and we all deserve to live our lives honestly, being true to our own selves. It takes the pure numerical logic that underlies Yahtzee’s gameplay and naturally extends it to other areas of life.
Living one’s own truth is easier for some of us than others, especially when society erects guardrails around people’s private lives. Yahtzee should be a safe space for all gamers. But what happens when a beloved dice game uses exclusionary language? Let’s take a letter from a reader to better understand the issues facing today’s LGBTQ Yahtzee community:
Dear Yahtzee Manifesto,
After reading The Yahtzee Manifesto, a group of friends and I have decided to start a Yahtzee club. We meet every Thursday night for cocktails and several games of Yahtzee. In an effort to expand our pool of players, I recently invited two friends of mine from work. They are both new to Yahtzee and were unfamiliar with the rules of the game. Of course, once they started playing they quickly became addicted and are now regulars every game night.
There is one aspect of the game, however, that bothers them as gay men. They feel that the terms “Small Straight” and “Large Straight” are exclusive scoring categories against their sexual orientation since they are gay, not straight. Is Yahtzee gay friendly?
We have explained that these scoring categories were borrowed from poker and that they are in no way meant to be discriminatory. But my friends are still concerned. My question is this: is it in poor etiquette to use these terms around our gay friends if it causes offense? Are there any solutions that will make them feel more comfortable and accepted around the Yahtzee table?
Dear Brenda,As I’m sure you are well aware from having read The Yahtzee Manifesto, one of the main principles behind Yahtzee is the notion of inclusiveness for all human beings. Since its earliest days, Yahtzee has been bringing people together based on their shared characteristics, not tearing them apart because of their differences. It may seem that your friends are being a little dramatic in their reaction to the Straights categories but who are we to judge another’s reaction to what they deem to be offensive? I would highly recommend giving copies of The Yahtzee Manifesto to your friends so that they too can learn about the universal ideals behind Yahtzee.
In the meantime, if your friends feel uncomfortable with these terms, it is the responsibility of your Yahtzee club to change the wording of these scoring categories to foster a warm, supportive atmosphere. The naming conventions for the Straights, or any other scoring category for that matter, are not set in stone. In fact, they are a part of early mid-century Yahtzee history when the scoring terms were updated to make the game more attractive to modern American gamers.
The Straights were originally called the Small and Large Rivers, in the translation from the original Chinese. So go ahead and revert back to the original names for these categories if it will promote well-being within your club. Or perhaps you could simply remove the word “straight” and call them the Small Gay and Large Gay. What’s important is to always make your fellow gamers feel welcome and included in all aspects of the game. That is, after all, the spirit of Yahtzee!
Yahtzee between the Sheets
Is Yahtzee gay ? What a weird question – why would you even ask that about a board game? But the question oddly persists in some quarters, as if busting out an Upper Section Bonus could have any effect on a player’s sexuality. Put simply - all players should feel encouraged to enjoy the game freely in any way they see fit. You don’t have to follow the standard rules to play Yahtzee. And its logical mathematical foundation makes gender conformity irrelevant. In fact, the diversity of Yahtzee is its greatest strength.
Yahtzee is but a humble dice game and has no inherent powers of romantic attraction. The secret is not the game itself, but in how you use it. Love potions imbibed from a Yahtzee shaker and the suckling of special dice are used as aphrodisiacs in some parts of the world. And a dice-based form of Yahtzee Kama Sutra is touted across Southeast Asia for its advanced love-making techniques.
The word Yahtzee itself has become a euphemism for sex, shouted upon orgasmic climax. It is generally not advised to associate Yahtzee with such base vulgarity but it truly lifts the game to its rightful place as one of life’s greatest joys. If you’re looking for a more adult Yahtzee variation than Triple Yahtzee, look no further than Strip Yahtzee. Borrowing elements of strip poker and naked Twister, strip Yahtzee links dice throws with shedding clothes.
Strip Yahtzee is a variation of the traditional game of Yahtzee that adds a sexual or adult theme. The rules for the game may vary depending on the specific version or group playing, but generally, it follows the same basic gameplay as regular Yahtzee.
Each player rolls five dice, trying to get the highest scoring combination each round. The player can roll the dice up to three times per round, trying to get the best combination of numbers. After the third roll, the player must choose one of the scoring categories on the scorecard. The player earns points based on the combination they have chosen. The game ends when all players have completed 13 rounds and filled out all the categories on their scorecard. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.
Under Strip Yahtzee rules, the stakes are raised by adding a sexual or adult theme to the game. For example, the losing player in each round may be required to remove an article of clothing or perform a sexual act. It's important to note that Strip Yahtzee is a adult version of the game and it should be played among consenting adults, and also it's not appropriate for all audiences.
So there really no single Yahtzee gay meaning – the magic is in making your own journey. Use it to spice up your love life or to affirm gender-positive messaging – the choice is yours. Play Yahtzee online or tabletop. However you decide to play, Yahtzee is most definitely a game for lovers.