Round the board or (‘round the clock‘) as it is sometimes called.

This is a dart game where any number of players may participate.

Commencing at one, the players endeavour to reach 20 by the quickest possible method, counting doubles, but not trebles.

Each player, in turn, has three darts, and commencing with one, endeavours to obtain as many numbers in succession as possible.

Players must obtain one number before going on to the next, but should a player hit, say, double three, his next throw is for seven, and so on, double -ten being the highest double obtainable. If a player hits a single ten, he then has to go for each single number from there to twenty. In dart slang this is known as ‘crawling round’.

Upon reaching twenty the players, in turn, throw for the first double obtained in the game or, in the case of no such double having been scored double top and then for the ‘bull’ The player to hit the ‘bull’ first is the winner.

In some games of ‘Round the Board’, when a player scores with all three darts, he is entitled to another three darts and, as played on a Manchester dartboard very often, a player scoring with his last day throws again. A variation of the finish on a London dartboard is to throw for the treble of the double first score before aiming for the ‘bull’.

Sometimes to Darts in the 25, or ‘outer’ bull are recognised as a finish.

As will be seen, the rules are more or less elastic in this game, and very in different parts of the country and according to the whims, of the players concerned. But all is well if agreed upon by the participants at the start of the game.

Another good variation of this is round the board in doubles which is very good practice for starting and finishing in a match.