Shut the box is a dice based strategy game of chance for one or more players, The games components include a counting box with nine number tiles, and a pair of standard six sided dice. Players take turns rolling the dice and flipping down tiles, and recording their score. 

The game seems to have achieved popularity in the 19th century when it was played by Hudson's Bay Company sailors. However, descriptions of the game go back as far as the 12th century, when it was popular among sailors on the English Channel.

Today  it is often  associated with pirates, yet there are no actual written accounts of pirates playing the game. However, since most pirates began their careers as merchant or naval sailors, it isn't hard to speculate and imagine Edward Teach, aka "Blackbeard" hoisting a flagon and playing a few rounds.    

This handcrafted four player (party) version, allows four players to play at once. This natural wood game, features a felt playing surface and wooden dice.  The game is ready to go for our players and includes playing  instructions.   The game of "shut-the-box" will bring tons of fun and excitement for your next pirate encampment, family game night, or social activity. Guaranteed to bring hours of shipboard fun!

 Note: Due to the handcrafted construction, there may be some slight variation in appearance and colour.


  • Individually handcrafted from solid wood
  • Four player edition
  • Two Wooden dice included
  • Deluxe felt playing surface
  • Dimensions:  Approx. 8 1.4" L x  8 1/4"" W x 1" H

Handcrafted Wooden Shut the Box Traditional Game Four Player Edition

  • Product Code: shut-the-box-4player
  • Availability: 2
  • $24.99

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