GOAL OF THE GAME
The goal of the game is to seed, grow and harvest the best tomatoes from your tomato vines while trying to prevent other gardeners from doing the same. You accomplish this by seeding (placing a die on one of your open tomato tokens) your vines with the best/highest-scoring dice you rolled and giving the low-scoring dice to your opponents.
Bushel - the designated space to hold available dice that are not currently in play, on the score tracks or tomato vines.
Tomato Token - the tomato shaped token on which seed dice are placed.
Seed Dice - a dice that is placed on an empty tomato token.
Tomato Vine - tomato token with a seed dice on it plus any attached dice that form a sequence or set of numbers.
Karma - the amount of gratitude points earned by helping opponents score points - completing their tomato vine.
Karma Heart - the token to mark the current karma level.
Karma Track - the track showing current karma level.
Score Track - the "diced" tomato track on which players place the seed dice from a completed tomato vine.
Each player receives:
- 11 red dice
- 2 black dice
- 1 golden dice - Sunny Golden Hybrid variant
- 3 tomato tokens
- 6 golden stars - Dicey Tomato Rules variant
- 3 Karma bits - Karma Overload variant
- 1 karma heart
- 1 karma track
- 1 score track
All players roll a single die to determine the first (and last) player. The player with the lowest die value will be the last player and receives the last player marker - ketchup splatter. The next player in the order of play (usually to the left) becomes the first player.
All dice are transferred to the Bushel.
Each player places the karma heart on karma track in position 3.
The first player starts the game.
The game play is simple. On their turn, active players pick 3 dice from the bushel and roll them. All rolled dice need to be distributed - either placed on an empty tomato as a seed or added to an existing vine. Dice can be placed in their play area or in the opponents' play areas. Players are allowed to try to influence the active player's placement decision. Dice that cannot be placed are passed to the next player as additional dice to roll. Completing opponent's tomato earns the active player karma. The number of karma earned depends on the value scored by the opponent (see KARMA). Karma can be spent immediately after earning them or at any time during active player's turn. Game continues until a 6th tomato of any player is completed. That triggers the final round which means that after the last player had their turn the game will end.
- Pick 3 dice from the bushel
- Roll the dice
- For each rolled dice
- Place dice following the DICE PLACEMENT RULES
- Use karma to change dice value or clear vines
- Earn karma for completing opponents' vine
- Collect points for completing own vines
- Pass any dice impossible to place.
- End turn
DICE PLACEMENT RULES
All rolled dice have to be placed if there is a valid spot for them to go to. They can be placed on any player's tomato vine either as a seed dice - placed on an empty open tomato token - or added to the tomato vine - must follow number sequence or set.
Black dice can only be added to a vine, they cannot be used as seed dice. See BLACK DICE.
Gold dice can only be added to a vine, they cannot be used as seed dice. See GOLD/YELLOW DICE.
-- Example: --
Token 1: empty
Token 2: 1
Token 3: 1,2
-- Actions --
Player rolls 1,2,3
Player can add 1 to Token 2 to form a set of 1s.
Player can also place 1 on Token 1 as a seed dice.
Player can place 3 on Token 1 and add 2 and 1 to form a sequence. The order could also be reversed or the seed could be a 2 with 1 below and 3 above the seed.
Player could also add 2 and 3 to Token 2.
Lastly, player can add 3 to Token 3.
Main source of points in the game are the tomato vines. Additional points are scored at the end of the game from unused karma and unfinished tomato vines.
Points from tomato vines - When a tomato vine has 4 dice it can be harvested - the owner of the vine transfers the seed dice from the tomato token of the vine onto their next available score spot and the remaining dice back to the bushel. The score is adjusted by number of black and golden dice on the vine. Each black dice lowers the score by 1 point. Each golden dice raises the score by 1 point.
DICEY TOMATO RULES Variant
When the score matches the score slot number, bonus points are awarded to make the score equal 6 points. So, if you score a 1 on score slot 1 you receive 5 bonus points and if you score 4 on score slot 4 you receive 2 bonus points. Also, the score slot is decorated with a gold star.
Points for finishing the 6th tomato first - 2 points.
Points from unused karma - each 2 unused karma points earn 1 end game point.
Points from unfinished tomato vines - each tomato vine with 3 dice on it earns 1 point.
DICEY TOMATO RULES Variant
Points from uncollected red dice on vines - each 3 red dice earn 1 point.
Karma is the amount of gratitude players earn by helping other players score points. When an active player completes opponent's tomato - places the 4th dice on the vine - they earn karma points based on the score earned by the receiving player.
1 & 2 points earn 1 karma
3 & 4 points earn 2 karma
5 & 6 points earn 3 karma
KARMA OVERLOAD VARIANT
earn karma equal to opponent's score (without any bonuses)
Each time you place one of your dice on opponent's vines you receive karma bit. When you collect 3 bits you gain 1 karma.
Karma can be used to:
Re-Roll a single dice - costs 1 karma
(when you click the "Restart" button after re-rolling the game will be restored to after the last re-roll)
Shift rolled dice value - costs 2 karma
Clean the vine - costs 3 karma
Roll over dice (from 1 to 6 or from 6 to 1) - costs 4 karma
Flip seed dice (6->1, 1->6, 5->2, 2->5, 3->4, 4->3) - costs 5 karma
Change any rolled dice to any value - costs 6 karma
Each 2 karma earns 1 point at the end of the game.
The "rotten" black dice can be used offensively and defensively. Players can use them to lower opponent's score by adding a black die to the tomato vine following the placement rules. They can also use them defensively to cancel/clear a tomato vine - if a tomato vine is worth 0 points at the end of active player's turn, that vine can be cleared (all dice, including the seed dice, return to the bushel). So if player has a seed dice worth 1 point, they can add black dice with value of either 1 or 2 which will lower the vine score to 0.
Black dice can only be added to a vine, they cannot be used as seed dice.
Available in the Sunny Golden Hybrid game variant
The "Sunny Golden Hybrid" gold/yellow are used to raise the value of the vine. Players also use them defensively to cancel/clear a tomato vine - if a tomato vine is worth more than 6 points at the end of active player's turn, that vine is overripe and has to be cleared (all dice, including the seed dice, return to the bushel). So if an opponent has a set of 3 6s on the vine, active player can add golden dice with value of 6 which will raise the vine score to 7 and make it overripe.
As is the case with the black dice, golden dice can only be added to a vine, they cannot be used as seed dice.
The final round is triggered when a 6th tomato of any player has been harvested. Game continues until the last player finishes their turn. When the last player distributes all their rolled dice the game ends. It is possible to end the game in a tie.
Game also ends immediately if there are no dice in the bushel at the start of a player's turn.
The winner of the game is the player with the most points from the tomato score track, unused karma and unfinished vines.
SINGLE PLAYER MODE
In single mode, your goal is to score all 6 tomatoes while matching the value scored to the score track number. So for the first score you want to get 1, for the second score you want to get 2, etc. Each matching score gives you a positive victory point. If you run out of dice without completing all 6 tomatoes you loose. But since single player can only be played in training mode you don't loose and prestige.
The single mode was created for individuals to learn how the randomness of the dice can be manipulated through the use of karma and black dice.
You earn karma hearts for each completed tomato based on the seed value as in the regular game except you earn it by completing your own tomatoes.
The game does not end when there are no dice in the bushel as long as you still have dice in hand.