Dice Town Board Game
by Gary Sonnenberg
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Dice Town delivers the flavor of the Old West using gold nuggets, poker dice, a saloon, a sheriff, and more. You’ll have fun trying to out-guess and out-roll your opponents so you can gather the most nuggets, dollars, and points to win.
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The game and gameplay
Each Dice Town contestant starts the game with a few dollars and a set of 5 poker dice. The dice show a 9, a 10, a Jack, a Queen, a King, and an Ace. All players simultaneously roll their dice, keeping the results a secret under their dice cup.They also secretly decide how many dice to keep and how many they will re-roll. You can keep one die for free. If you want to keep more than that (or less), you must pony up one dollar for each additional die kept (or one dollar to re-roll all of them).
When at least one player has decided to keep his fifth die, any players with dice left to re-roll get one more shake, keeping the results for free no matter how many were rolled.
Players then examine all the resulting rolls. Whoever has the most 9’s gets gold nuggets equal to the number of his dice showing 9’s. Whoever has the most 10’s gets all the money in the bank.
Whoever has the most Jacks picks an equal number of cards from the action card deck, but may keep only one of them. Whoever has the most Queens may look at an equal number of cards in the hand of another player but may keep only one of them.
Whoever has the most Kings is awarded the Sheriff badge. The sheriff determines the results of any ties during this phase.
Whoever has the best poker hand receives one land claim card of three available. If that person’s winning poker hand also has one or more Aces, he gets to claim more of these cards, which are worth from 1 to 5 victory points at the end of the game.
If, after all awards have been handed out, your dice weren’t good enough to receive anything, you can go to Doc Badluck for a consolation prize. Depending on your dice, you might get to steal nuggets or cash from you opponents, or you might get to pick a new card or protect some you already have.
When all the nuggets or all the land claim cards have been handed out, the game ends. Points are awarded for land claim cards, for any action cards that have a point value, for gold nuggets (1 point each), for cash in hand (1 point for every 2 dollars), and for the sheriff badge (5 points). Highest total wins.
Pros and cons
The quality of the components in the Dice Town board game is excellent. The board itself has attractive artwork. The cards are of decent stock. The dice and cups are good quality. The money has a linen finish. And the nuggets are just plain cool.
The only bit that is a little lacking is the stand for holding the sheriff badge; it’s too wide to grab the card firmly.
This is not a game to play when someone else in the area needs peace and quiet, but it’s not often that that would be a problem. The dice make a lot of noise when being shaken and slammed to the table.
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Some find similarities to Yahtzee in Dice Town. Trying to get the best roll possible is a good thing, but that’s about where the comparison must end. You’ll enjoy the new ways to strategize with your poker dice while looking for nifty ways to outfox your opponents and own the town.
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