God Dice – a board game review

God Dice is a direct, combative player-vs.-player dice game which pit’s a player’s set of heroes against his opponents in a fight to the death.  Players roll a series of 9 dice to determine which attack they will be able to produce, but each battle risks the potential intervention of the Gods themselves, for better or worst.  A fun, fast moving dice game, this is a perfect filler and a must for those who love the thrill of the dice.

Appearance:  God Dice comes in a tiny tuck box that contains the set of dice and the character cards. The dice have a nice heft to them and the iconography on the dice is easy to distinguish.  Artwork on the character cards is average – the layout is functional and the character pictures are indicative of the characters, if not great.  Overall, it’s not bad, but it ain’t great.

Rules / Ease of Learning: The rules of God Dice are extremely easy to learn and teach.  It took us all of 2 minutes to learn the rules, with the majority of the time perusing the actual character cards.  Players must choose one of six characters for each conflict, with there only being two duplicates per character type.  Each character has a series of special attacks that dictate their play style and their standing in the group.   This ranges from the ‘Hero’ with his enormous amount of hit points but low damage attacks to specialised characters like the cleric, bownman and monk to the high damage Sage and Assassin.

Once characters are chosen, players may only attack the player to their left.  In each round, the attacking player chooses his attacking character and the defending player his defending character.  Then the God Dice are rolled to see who (if any) are favoured.  At that point, the remaining nine (9) attack dice are rolled.

Players may re-roll each symbol type once – symbols include Wild, Damage (5 points always), Red, Blue and Yellow Sigils.  To successfully launch an attack, players will need to match the dice rolled with the attacking characters potential attacks.  Damage from the successful attack is generally generated from the dice rolled as well as any special effects of the attack.

Gameplay: Now that the boring rules explanation is out of the way, is God Dice fun?  The answer is simple – YES.  It’s perfect for those who have no problem with dice games.  The numerous re-rolls available make it an interesting decision each turn, while the initial choice of characters dictates strategy for the rest of the game.  The numerous attacks available from each character in God Dice even plays to different play styles – from risk taking players who will go for high damage attacks to more conservative, low damage but almost guaranteed damage.

Each dice roll is a tense moment for players, and the God Dice themselves are a fun addition.  It might be a tad too random for some people, but the added randomness was a ton of fun for my game group – you never knew when you were suddenly ‘back in the game’ as characters were killed off, missed or potentially resurrected.

The only issue is player elimination if you do not use the optional ‘resurrection’ rules.  With the luck aspect of the game, it is possible for a player to be eliminated from the game quite quickly.  We still found it quite tense and fun though, as players watched the roll of dice for other players.

Conclusion: God Dice is a ton of fun. It’s got simple but good mechanics, a riveting game play and a ton of replay value for filler use.  It’s also certainly destined for an expansion, which in my mind is a good thing.  God Dice is a definite must have dice game.

Game Store Restock – Oct 29, 2009

New Board Games
Chang Cheng
Command and Colors Expansion 4: Imperial
Command and Colors Ancients : Epic Ancients 1
Dragon Lairds Boardgame
Gipf Project Set #1
Gipf Project Set #2
Gipf Project Set #3
Innsmouth Escape
Marco Polo
Rise of Empires
Scotland Yard
Talisman: The FrostMarch Expansion
Ur Board Game
Witch of Salem

Restocked Board Games
1960: Making of a President
A Touch of Evil : Hero Pack 1
Aye Dark Overlord!
Down in Flames Aces High
For Sale
Last Night on Earth
Martian Fluxx
Mr Jack
Munchkin Quest 2 : Looking for Trouble
Settlers of Catan : Artisans & Benefactors Expansion
Settlers of Catan Replacement Card Deck
Steam/AOS : 1830’s Pennsylvannia & North California Expansion
Taj Mahal
Talisman 4th Edition Upgrade Pack
Wits & Wagers 2nd Edition
Zombies!!! 2 (2nd Edition)
Zooloretto Expansion (Polar Bear)

Game Store Restock – Oct 22, 2009

New Board Games
Alhambra – Big Box
Carcassonne : Wheel of Fate
Christian Fluxx Booster
Dirty Minds Deluxe Edition
Dominion: Seaside
Fruit Fair
Gloria Piktoria
Grind : Full Metal Board Game
High Society
Jewish Fluxx Booster
Martian Fluxx
Munchkin Fairy Dust
Musketeers Card Game
Ninja Burger Revised Edition
Romance of the Three Kingdoms
Treehouse (Rainbow)
Treehouse (Xeno)
Treehouse Pink Pyramids
The Art of War

Restocked Board Games
Army of Frogs
Bang! Dodge City Expansion
Bang! The Bullet
Battlestar Galactica : Pegasus Expansion
Blokus 3-D
Blue Moon: The Khind Expansion Pack
Carcassonne Big Box 2
Call of Cthulhu LCG : Twilight Horror
Dirty Minds
More Dirty Minds
Dungeon Twister Basic Set
Easter Island
Enemy on the Horizon Expansion
Get Nifty!: The Sluggy Freelance Card Game
Greed Dice Game
Gulo Gulo
Memoir ’44 Air Pack Expansion
Power Grid
Race for the Galaxy : the Gathering Storm
Small World
Station Master
Tigris & Euphrates Revised
Wooden Farm Animal Set (60pcs)

Board Game restock – October 15, 09

New Board Games
Adventurers: Temple of Chac
Apples to Apples Kids
Apples to Apples To Go
Conflict of Heroes : Storms of Steel
Monkey Lab
The Stars Are Right

Restocked Board Games
Arkham Horror Board Game
Apples to Apples Junior
Apples to Apples Party Box
Cash N Guns LIVE
Catan Histories : Struggle For Rome
Chez Geek 2 Slack Attack
Empire Builder (New Ed)
God Dice
Ice Flow
Run for your Life, Candyman
Settlers of Catan Artisans & Benefactors Exp
Settlers of Catan Fisherman of Catan Expansion
Ticket to Ride Card Game
Wooden Farm Animal Set (60pcs)
Wooly Bully

Promotional Packages

So I’ve finally found some time to look into doing more promotional packages.  With my Dad visiting from out-of-country, I’ve had to devote most of my free time to keeping him occupied.  Well, that and the tea ceremony.  So work wise, I’ve been doing the bare minimum to keep the company running with nothing new added.

However, he leaves Thursday night which means I’ll have time once more to look into creating new product packages.  On that note, I’m looking for suggestions and recommendations.  What kind of games would you like packaged?

Game Store Restock – Oct 11, 2009

Date : October 11, 2009
New Board Games
Attack! Deluxe Expansion
BattleLore! Heroes Expansion
Chez Geek 3 – Block Party
Family Business 2008 Edition
Pitchcar – Extension 2
Pitchcar, Mini
Railways of England & Wales
Railways of the World

Restocked Board Games
10 Days in Africa
A Touch of Evil : Hero Pack 1
A Touch of Evil : Something Wicked
Aye Dark Overlord!
Battle for Hill 218
Battlestar Galactica Board Game
Call of Cthulhu Ancient Horrors Asylum Pack
Catan Card Game
Catan Portable Edition
Cosmic Encounter
Deadlands The Board Game
Eve Conquests: Board Game
Formula De (’08)
Gloom: Unfortunate Expeditions
Killer Bunnies Red Booster
Last Night on Earth
Lord of the Rings : the Confrontation
Monty Python Fluxx
Munchkin 7: More Good Cards
Munchkin Booty
Munchkin Impossible
Munchkin Booty 2 Jump the Shark
Munchkin Cthulhu 3 Unspkeable Vaults
Munchkin: the Good, the Bad & the Munchkin
Neuroshima Hex – Babel 13
Once Upon A time Card Game
Once Upon a Time: Dark Tales
Pandemic: On the Brink
Pass the Pigs
Puerto Rico
Ra the Dice Game
Runebound 2nd Edition
Say Anything
Scary Tales 1: Red Hood v Pinochio
Scary Tales 2: Giant v Snow White
Settlers of Catan : Replacement Card Deck
Shadow Hunters
Shear Panic
Soccer Tactics World
Stone Age
Stone Age Token Set

Twiight Imperium 3rd Edition: Shattered Empire Expansion
Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition
Warhammer: Invasion LCG Core
Werewolves of Miller’s Hollow
Wits & Wagers 2nd Edition
Zombies!!! 2 (2nd Edition)

October Newsletter – Contest Winner & New Releases

Contest Winner Announcement

Murray C is the winner off the review contest and the $20 coupon as well as enterring the draw for the Annual Grand Prize!

Ongoing Contests

The monthly review contest is on again and the winner of each monthly review contest will receive a $20 gift certificate and be enterred into the final; end of the year draw for the Grand Prize of $250 of board games! So start writing your reviews now, since every review is an individual entry into the monthly grand prize.

Small Publisher Contest
In addition, our Small Publisher Contest has launched again with Your Move Games. The new contest winnner announced in the November newsletterand the winner will receive both the Punic Wars & Battle for Hill 218.

To enter, just comment on the blog.
Site Updates

VCon 34 (the Vancouver Fantasy & Science Fiction Convention) just finished and we had a great time meeting everybody who could make it. It was, as always, great fun and thus far, our favourite convention. A more detailed con report is coming on the blog.

Upcoming Games

We have a series of upcoming board games arriving soon including The Mad Scientist University Expansion, Grind – the Full Metal Battle Sports Game and the Ticket to Ride Europe 1912 expansion.

Game Store Restock – Oct 1, 2009

New Board Games
1805: Seas of Glory
Chaos Marauders
Deadlands The Board Game
Ra the Dice Game
Such A Thing
Warhammer: Invasion LCG Core

Restocked Board Games
Apples to Apples Party Crate
Call of Cthulhu Ancient Horrors Asylum Pack
Call of Cthulhu Mountains of Madness Asylum Pack
Catan: Traders & Barbarians 5 & 6 Player Expansion
Command & Colors Ancients (3rd Printing)
Conflict of Heroes : Awakening the Bear of Russia
Deluxe Euro Token (196 pieces)
For Sale
Formula Motor Racing
Last Night on Earth
Mag-Blast 3rd Edition
Mission: Red Planet
Once Upon a Time: Dark Tales
Race for the Galaxy
Settlers of Canaan
Settlers of Catan (07)
Settlers of Catan 5&6 Expansion (07)
Settlers of Catan Pre-2007 Adapter Kit
Stone Age
Ticket to Ride
Ticket to Ride Europe
Ticket to Ride USA 1910 Exp
War of Rings: Battles of the Third Age
War of the Ring – Lord of the Rings

Small Publisher Contest : Your Move Games

Well, we’re finally starting up the next small publisher contest.  It’s now time for the next contest and we’re highlighting Your Move Games who have donated a copy of Battle for Hill 218 and Battleground : Punic Wars shipped to anywhere in Canada. If contestant winner is outside of Canada, equivalent amount reduction in cost of shipping will be provided.

If the contest winner has purchased the games before; we will substitute a coupon of equivalent product value.

For the contest, we’d like you to suggest the best new battleground for their next expansion in their series.

Please post your submissions here for the contest.  The winner will be announced in the November newsletter.

We are looking forward to reading some great submissions.