To eliminate all of your opponent's pieces or pursuade him to concede. A player who falls three or more pieces behind his opponent has little hope of winning.
The board is oriented the long way between the two players. Each player's pieces are placed on the squares along the edge of the board to his left. The six dice are lined up with numbers showing in descending order, starting with a six in the corner. Thus each player begins the game with one die of each denomination.
Every one of a player's pieces must move each turn. Pieces move in a straight line either horizontally or vertically, but never diagonally. The number shown on each die determines the number of spaces it can move. If the player chooses, pieces may be moved one more or one less than the number shown. If this is done, the die's number is then changed to the number of spaces moved. For instance, if a four is moved three spaces, it then becomes a three and on the next move it can be moved two, three, or four spaces, and so on. Thus, the number shown on each piece represents the number of spaces moved during the previous turn. Exceptions: A one may "move" zero spaces, but it still remains a one; a six however, may not move seven spaces.
Pieces cannot move "through" or "over" other pieces, be they one's own or one's opponent's. Since all pieces must move at least one less than their current number, pieces are sometimes blocked from proceeding in a desired direction. Thus in fig. A, if the two moves vertically one or two spaces, then the five will not be able to move vertically also. However, if the two moves vertically three spaces, then the five may follow it by moving four spaces. If the two moves hoziaontally, then nothing prevents the five from passing through the space where the two had been, even though both moves occur in the same turn.
In effecting a capture, attacking pieces are allowed to destroy other pieces at the same time. Thus in fig. C, the red one may move to square 2-B and destroy the blue four. Then if the red three moves to square 1-A, the blue five will be captured.[figure C]