Monday, March 6, 2017

Roll For It: Deluxe Edition (Calliope Games)

Today, I am going to tell you about a game that plays quickly, is family friendly, and doesn't take up a lot of space on the table or on your shelf. is not as easy as you think. The game is called Roll For It: Deluxe Edition. It plays 2-8 players, ages 8+. It takes about 20 minutes to play and retails for $38, but can be found much cheaper on Amazon.

Setup
1. Give each player all six dice of one color.
2. When playing with 2 to 4 players, pick a deck (Gold or Silver). When playing with more, combine both decks.
3. Shuffle the cards, and form a face-down stack.
4. When playing with 2 to 4 players, deal 3 cards face up. When playing with more, deal four face up.
5. Have each player roll two dice of their dice. The highest total is the starting player.
Game Play
1. Roll your available dice.
2. Match the results of your dice with the images on the face up cards, if you want to.
3. If you match all the images on a face up card, you claim the card and add it to your score.
4. Play passes to the person to your left.
5. Your dice matched to the images on a card remain with that card unless someone scores that card, or you decide to take back your dice at the beginning of your next turn.
6. The game ends immediately when a player scores at least 40 points.

Review
Roll For It: Deluxe Edition is a tiny game that doesn't skimp on presentation. The box is a nice metal tin with a flocked interior, so that you can use it for both storage and a dice tray. The dice are tiny in nature but of high quality and rich, bold colors. Unfortunately, the cards themselves are a little thin for my liking (Sleeves are your friends!), but I like that they contain recognizable Calliope Games characters. The game itself is a very simple to learn dice-management/press-your-luck game. How you assign your dice and to what cards will make or break you in this game. A lot of people will focus heavily on the big point cards, but don't neglect the small ones, as they can add up quickly. Also, do not be afraid to abandon a card, even if you are only one or two dice away from it. Sometimes, it's better to just start over and go for an easier/lower valued card, than to keep chasing that elusive six of a kind. I really enjoyed the fact that I could play this with my son (who is almost 4), and he could easily pick it up. Best of all, it can play up to eight people and won't take up much space if you want to play it on the go.

This game was provided to me for free by Calliope Games in exchange for an honest review.