Castle Dice – A dice drafting worker placement board game
Castle Dice takes the idea of drafting dice and mashes it up with worker placement. Players take turns selecting dice out the pool each turn, getting a resource for each die that they select that matches the die selected (so if you select a pig die, you get a pig). Different resources have different rarities (so gold is rarer than stone) and players must spend resources to expand their castles or get new miners (which provide resources depending where they are placed), hire guards (which protect you at the end of the turn when barbarians lower any resource not properly guarded if you have been attacked), get farmers (which let you grab extra dice during drafting) or get merchants (who can trade a resource each turn for one a single step rarer). The dice are rolled at the start of the turn to determine which resources are available. Not only does the whole setup for Castle Dice sound absolutely rad to me (it does), the art shown off for it looks very nice as well, with a lot of personality, eschewing the rather dour look of so many of the older Euros. There’s also a free print-and-play version of the game available (a feature which is becoming, and should become, de rigueur for Kickstarting board games), although you will need a ton of dice to try it out. There are also special animal abilities and cards to deal with, so you can check out the rules for the complete view of how Castle Dice works. Also rad: the option to just buy the dice for $28 (as opposed to the whole game, cards and all, for $65) so you can print and play the cards and other components. If you would like more information on Castle Dice from designer Luke Peterschmidt and Fun to 11, you can get it over on Kickstarter.
Thoughts on Castle Dice? I really think it’s a great concept and seems to play out well in my head (for whatever that is worth). I like the idea of dice for resource scarcity and the worker placement elements. I’d love to hear your thoughts on Castle Dice down in the comments.