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Author: Matt Fahler

Board Game Review: Dice Manor

Dice Manor is a recent addition to the game library. WiscoDice was given this game to review from Arcane Wonders. In Dice Manor, you play as a developer who is building a lavish manor.  You start with just a foyer, build your manor up, market it, and give people tours through this ever-growing manor. Those who manage to build the finest manor, gather the best rooms, and provide first-rate marketing for their manor, will be the victors of this dice-rolling game with a bidding mechanic. Do you have what it takes to build a fantastic manor?

Game specs:

  • Players: 2-4
  • Playtime: 30-45 minutes
  • Genre: Dice
  • Mechanics: Dice Rolling, Bidding/Auction
  • Publisher: Arcane Wonders
  • Designer: Garrett Herdter
  • Artist: Damien Mammoliti

Family Game Fridays – Pulling in the Youth

Introducing Family Game Fridays

Several of the members of our WiscoDice staff have families and enjoy spending time with their spouse, children, or extended family and playing games. In this new series we’re calling Family Game Fridays, we want to explore this aspect of gaming and talk about some of the challenges of getting the young people in your life interested in gaming, how to keep things civil at the gaming table and possible games you and your family might enjoy getting started with.

When I was younger, my parents frankly weren’t very interested in games. We had your stock standard games such as Life, Sorry, Monopoly, and several more games. I played those quite frequently with my brother. However, it wasn’t until I was older that I was introduced to the world of Eurogames, deck-building games, strategy games, and so many more genres that I’ve grown to love. As an adult, I’ve sought to introduce my kids to games and allow them to grow and learn them, if they chose. 

It has not been all sunshine and roses in my household when approaching gaming. There are the inevitable fights, disagreements, boredom, and of course, gloating when one of them crushes everyone else at the table. It has been a great learning opportunity for me to see how my children approach gaming and grew to love it. As we grow this series, we want you to come along for the journey and share your experiences as well.

Start ’em young and keep them engaged!

Recently my nephews stayed with me for a solid week. My wife wanted to take the opportunity to share our love of gaming with my nephews. It had been years since my kids were 5 and 7. There are so many more options these days for games customized to that age group. My wife and I always enjoy a game of Carcassonne, published by Z-Man Games. It is a great starter game for getting your family or friends involved. It has simple tile-laying mechanics and is quick to teach without being overwhelming, like a Eurogame mechanics, for a first-time player. With all of that said, it might be a little overwhelming for a young player of 5-7 years.

There is not anything wrong with your stock, standard games released by Hasbro or other companies, but most gamers lose interest pretty quickly. While looking over the local game store’s selection, we stumbled across a youth version of Carcassonne. There is a version called, My First Carcassonne (published by Z-Man Games). This version has simpler mechanics and can be played fairly quickly. It was a super quick game to play. Most games were done in 15-20 minutes. 

What makes this a great choice for a young player?

One thing you always need to consider when pulling out a game is your audience. How old are they? What are their interests? How long can they pay attention to what you’re putting in front of them? Here are some of the highlights we found when playing this particular game and some key things you can look for when finding other games you might enjoy playing with them.

  • It was fun all around. My daughter, who was 14 at the time, had a great time playing, as did both of my nephews.
  • Players were always doing something. The physical element of the game kept them engaged.
  • It was easy to grasp for the 5-year-old and he had a great time laying down the colorful tiles.
  • When the 5-year-old got bored, he could just wander away and it didn’t impact the game.
  • With the quick playtime, it was easy to play multiple games in a row or quickly pull this out when my nephews wanted to do something.
  • The 7-year-old got excited with a few wins, but was able to be challenged by the 14-year-old. 

This was not the only game we played, but it was a great example of a game that was fun for our nephews and everyone got an opportunity to have fun playing. What types of games did you find were the most fun for your family to play when your kids were young?

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Extra Life 2021: Forgotten Waters

Extra Life Game Day 2021
Extra Life Game Day 2021

Event Description

As part of the WiscoDice support of Extra Life, we are hosting a streamed play of Forgotten Waters on Saturday, November 6 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm! 

Forgotten Waters by PlaidHat Games, is an exciting, semi-cooperative game where you and your party play as pirates. Can you be the most infamous? Can you build your pirate to be successful? Can you avoid stealing from your party long enough to help them not get killed?  Ok, maybe it is a bit silly. Maybe it is a bit… off, but the point is, it is a lot of fun!

Preparing for the Game

This is a multimedia driven game. It will be set up with multiple components. If you want to play, make sure you have completed the following before the game:

  1. If you can, donate to our Extra Life campaign! It will help support kids and frankly, guarantees you a slot in the game.
  2. Sign up for the event by emailing [email protected] . Include your Discord user name
  3. Join the WiscoDice Discord Server. You will need access to Discord to hear the game and participate.  
  4. A camera is NOT necessary, but seeing your other fellow pirates can add to the experience.
  5. You will need to be able to open multiple applications and stream, plan your computer hardware appropriately.
  6. From your smartphone, tablet or computer, go to https://fwcrossroads.com 
    • From the fwcrossroads.com site, select Extra Ship/Player Sheets
      • This will take you to a different site.  In the upper right hand corner click the “Replacement Player Sheets”.
    • Select a pirate archetype that sounds interesting. Ideally we’ll have different pirates for each player, so picking a few is ideal.
    • Print off the two pages for the pirate(s) you selected.
    • Prior to the game day, fill out the blanks that do not require a player’s name. 
  7. Create an appropriate pirate name.  

On Game Day

We will create the game. To do this, we will be joining the game on a different site.  

  1. Ensure you are on the WiscoDice Table-1-text and Table 1 – voice channels
    • If you do not see Table 1 when you join, contact an admin for access
  2. From your smartphone, tablet, or computer, go to https://fwcrossroads.com 
    • On the day of our event, select Play Now.
  3. The scenario we will be playing is Witch’s Heart
    • We will attempt to stream the audio through Discord, so you can listen to the wonderful audio on game day. If that doesn’t work, https://fwcrossroads.com/ will let you listen to the audio.
  4. To connect to the remote app, go to the following site: https://remote.fwcrossroads.com/
    • Select Join Game.
    • Enter the code provided by the event coordinator, GhostwalkerCRL, in the Discord channel
    • If you want to check it out ahead of time, there is a link for a How To Guide on the site, that will teach you how to use the interface.
  5. We will take a break during the game. There is usually a natural break built into the middle of the game. 
  6. Prepare for fun!

Additional Information

Most of all, WiscoDice looks forward to seeing you online and thank you for helping to make this Extra Life Campaign Event a wonderful experience for everyone!

If you are interested in participating in this Forgotten Waters Event or any of the other games we are hosting as part of our Extra Life Campaign 2021 check out the following for more information:

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