Every year we do some variant of White Elephant for a Christmas Eve gathering of a bunch of family. It's usually more involved than your typical White Elephant, having a game like bingo or LCR or something to kick it off, then having multiple gifts and a "pot" of small gifts, and every year the rules and number of gifts is different.
For this year's game my wife and I made a new game, and I made a custom D12 die for the occasion that goes along with the rules.
Everyone brings 2 gifts - totaling no more than $10 combined (or your call for price limit on your game). Everyone starts with 1 gift in front of them and 1 in the pot (aka "the sleigh").
Take turns going around the table, rolling the big Christmas D12 and doing what the die says. There'll be a lot of swapping gifts, stealing gifts, passing gifts, and opening gifts. Even the occasional battle. When all the gifts in front of everyone (not in the sleigh) are open, that part of the game is over. Then you play LCR to see who wins the sleigh, winner takes all for it.
All wrapped gifts (2 per player) are put into ‘Santa’s sleigh’ in the center of the table. Each Silly Santa chooses one wrapped gift and places it in front of them. Each Santa then takes turns rolling the Christmas die and follows the instructions to trade, steal, pass or unwrap their gift. Santa may encounter blizzards, naughty elves, re-gifting and snowball fights along the way! The game ends when all gifts OUT OF THE SLEIGH are unwrapped. Play starts with the youngest player and moves to the next player on the left. Note that many of the presents will be left in the sleigh at the end of the game.
The idea is to play LCR with Christmas themed chips for a winner takes all battle for the remaining presents in the sleigh.
CHRISTMAS DIE INSTRUCTIONS
- BLIZZARD LEFT – all players pass 1 gift to the player on their left.
- BLIZZARD RIGHT – all players pass 1 gift to the player on their right.
- REGIFT LEFT – trade 1 gift with the player on your left.
- REGIFT RIGHT – trade 1 gift with the player on your right.
- REGIFT ANYONE – trade 1 gift with 1 other player of choice. If either player has 2 gifts, it is the choice of the roller on which gifts to trade.
- OPEN GIFT – unwrap ONE gift in your possession. If player does not have a gift to unwrap, roll again. This side appears twice on the die, intentionally, to speed up the game a bit.
- OPEN THEIR GIFT - player chooses to unwrap 1 gift of ANOTHER player. No gifts are traded or stolen.
- NAUGHTY ELF – take 1 gift from the sleigh (limited to half the sleigh. Once half the sleigh has already been stolen, there are no more to steal and player rolls again). DO NOT UNWRAP. If a player already has 2 gifts in their possession, they can choose to:
a. pass a gift to a player with only 1 gift and take a gift from the sleigh or
b. roll again.
- SNEAKY ELF – trade 1 gift with a gift in the sleigh.
- NICE ELF – Only applies when the player has 2 gifts. If player does not have 2 gifts, roll again. If the player has 2 gifts, choose one gift to return to the sleigh. A wrapped gift must be returned before an unwrapped gift.
- SNOWBALL FIGHT – player chooses 1 other player to battle. Both players roll the 6 sided die 1 time. The player with the higher number WINS the battle. The WINNER does one of the following:
a. Do nothing and keep 1 or both gifts in their possession.
b. Trade 1 or both gifts with the loser.
c. Take 1 of the loser’s gifts if the loser has 2 gifts.
Reminder: Each player will always have a minimum of 1 gift and maximum of 2 gifts at any time.
DICE FONT NOTES
The fonts I used were all either stock windows fonts (the regift ones) or were found on the web and marked free for personal use. This die should not be sold commercially, or you will be violating the license of the owners of those fonts. I don't have links to the makers of the fonts, since I'm not interested in selling this (unless you ask me nice ;)
As you can see, I had fun painting this die. I used acrylic paints and a variety of cheap small brushes with as pointy of an edge as I can get. And to get in all the tight spots, I typically paint with a toothpick (yeah, really). I don't worry about messing it up, after I'm done with the colors there's always splotches and I go back with white to clean it up and crisp up the lines and it really makes it look almost pro.
I used light infill, maybe 10% (i forget). It's rather light, but it's fine. I coated mine with XTC 3D which stiffens it up, makes it shiny, and adds some weight to it. Going heavier with the infill would not be a bad thing, but it'll just take longer to print.
Print the first layer SLOW. The orientation i have in the STL has the most complicated side to print on the plate (i'm sorry in advance). I think it works best this way, but it means getting the layer just right or you won't be able to read the words.
Used Sketchup. The text isn't easy, the longest part of the process. But worth the time spent on it.