Knot Dice Squared - Black Oak Games - $44.95
Game title: Knot Dice Squared
Game description: Knot Dice Squared contains 26 more knot dice in three new designs to combine with the original. One set of Knot Dice (18 dice) pairs with one set of Knot Dice Squared.
Back in 2017 thecraftingdm wrote a review of Knot Dice from Black Oak Games. Now I’ve got my hands on a set as well as its expansion, Knot Dice Squared. This new set adds 26 new dice with new designs on each face capable of creating all new Celtic knot designs. Included are updated rules for the previous Knot Dice games, 2 new games, and a whole new book of puzzles.
- Excellent quality dice
- Beautiful patterns
- Many excellent games and puzzles
- Requires a base set of Knot Dice
- A bit pricey
Full Knot Dice Squared Review
Back in 2017, thecraftingdm wrote a review of Knot Dice from Black Oak Games. Now I’ve got my hands on a set as well as its expansion, Knot Dice Squared. This new set adds 26 new dice with unique designs on each face capable of creating all-new Celtic knot designs. Included are updated rules for the previous Knot Dice games, 2 new games, and a whole new puzzles book.
Like the original Knot Dice, Knot Dice Squared are jade colored and slightly larger than a standard d6. They feel wonderful in hand and are incredibly satisfying to roll. Each face is carved into the die and inked with a beautiful silver. Unlike the original dice, which featured only curves, the Squared dice have some straight lines and 90-degree angles. This allows for a greater variety of play in both the current games and new, challenging puzzles.
The original Knot Dice games, Kells, Kells: The Book, Kells: The Abbey, Knot So Fast, Knot So Fast Too, Knot the Whole Story, Distance, and Minarets, each get unique new variations using the new dice. Two new games, 4 Get Me Knots and Hedgerows take full advantage of the straight lines, as do the new puzzles. There are also simultaneous puzzles. In these, players are grabbing dice to complete their own puzzle while others are doing the same.
The beautiful thing about Knot Dice is how each of the games seems to build on each other in complexity, teaching you various methods of using the dice, then adding in tokens and/or a board. The same with the puzzles. Each puzzle offers insight into future puzzles and is a great way to exercise your mind. They’re also great to flex your creativity by creating patterns of your own and art pieces in and of themselves.
While the Squared set isn’t a must-have expansion, it certainly adds enough to the base game that it’s worth adding to your collection if you’re a fan. It’s a bit pricey, coming in at around $45, but the quality is top-notch, and the multiple included games’ replayability is high. You’re paying more for an expansion to a game system rather than just a game. If you’re just looking for the dice, you can buy them a bit cheaper without the packaging and rules. You can download the rules for all the games and puzzles from the Black Oak Games website in PDF form.
My kids and I have been having a blast with these dice. The games are quick, as is set up and clean up. My 10-year-old continually looks through the puzzle book between classes (our kids are all distance learning due to COVID) and will even leave some set up to come back and try to figure out later. The boxes for both the base set and Squared haven’t been put back on the shelf in weeks. They sit out for easy access, and even when a game isn’t being played, or a puzzle worked on, they’re rolled just for the satisfaction of it.
A copy of Knot Dice and Knot Dice Squared was provided free for review by Black Oak Games
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