Review – Dungeon Dice

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Designers: Sam Coates
Publisher: Potluck Games
Year: 2014
MSRP: $49
Players: 2-5
Play Time: 20+ minutes
Ages: 8+
Rules Available Online: Yes
BGG: Dungeon Dice

Recently, Potluck Games completed their Kickstarter campaign for Dungeon Dice: The Lost King. This expansion to the original Dungeon Dice was fully funded in April 2017, and expects delivery in December 2017. In anticipation of their new project shipping out, Potluck Games sent us over a copy of the original Dungeon Dice. Let’s take a look.

Included in the gamebox are several bags for use during gameplay and for storage of the game dice, a large number of unique game dice, and the instruction manuals. Right from the start, one thing I always look for is an easy-to-comprehend, straight to-the-point instruction manual. Games today are often overly complicated and the instruction manual reads like an ancient tome with convoluted rules, each with a hundred contradictory exceptions. Hopefully, somewhere buried in this mess you hope to find the win condition. Thankfully, this game is quite the opposite. The 14-page instruction manual is clear, concise, and complete with nice pictures to lead you along the way.

 

The dice themselves—which make up the staple of gameplay—are well crafted and look great too. Most importantly, they function precisely as intended. This game is well balanced. And, entirely comprised of custom 6-sided dice, Dungeon Dice is easy for players to follow along and not get lost or confused—the game progression is simply laid out on the dice before you. This also makes it easy to get up and take a break or finish up your game the next evening. The dice are also aesthetically pleasing and have a classic old-school look to them.

Each game took us about 30-60 minutes to run through. Although, that could be because we were new to the game rules and mechanics. Undoubtedly, this game is on the quicker side, which is refreshing and makes it a great choice for beginners or for a casual game night. I have to admit, I was skeptical at first. After all, where are the minis? Where is the game board? But, this game quickly proved me wrong. Rolling dice at every turn, adds a layer of luck and unpredictability that leaves you wanting another shot at it once the game is over. We definitely had fun with this one. After all, there isn’t really a better substitute for fighting the classic vampire or slime. There’s just something satisfying about it. Additionally, having a classic level-up RPG-style game, complete with spells and equipment, boiled down into a game completely made up of dice is a nice change of pace.

This game will run you approximately $50, placing it on the pricier side of the spectrum.  If you can come up with enough silver coins to place this on your shelf, you won’t be disappointed.

A copy of Dungeon Dice was provided free for review by Potluck Games

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Frank is an attorney and family man currently based out of Las Vegas. He’s a long time gaming enthusiast with a tabletop interest in most dungeon crawlers and map strategy games. If it has dice and minis, it probably has his attention.
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