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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

Kickstart Monday: Sleeping Gods and Spinning Dice

Welcome to Kickstart Monday!!!! This is our weekly series featuring 2 or more crowdfunding projects in the tabletop gaming industry. I scour over platforms like KickstarterGamefound, and Indigogo to find projects that interest me. People would ask me what I think is worth backing. Since I was providing these recommendations all ready, what better way to do it than post a weekly blog about projects I am interested in.

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This week on Kickstart Monday I head over to Gamefound to look at an expansion to one of the games I hear talked about all of the time. Then we take a look at a surprisingly fun dice game.

Sleeping Gods: Distant Skies

Sleeping Gods: Distant Skies from Red Raven Games is a much-anticipated stand-alone sequel to Sleeping Gods. This expansion is going to provide more Sleeping Gods content. More characters, locations, narrative arcs, and more to discover. Featuring a new massive open world you will need to use your airplane to fly and discover some of the new locations.

Sleeping Gods: Distant Skies is a narrative, quest-based campaign game for 1-4 players. Playtime will likely vary somewhat on a per quest basis, but most sessions can be completed in 1-2 hours. Like many campaign games expect this one will keep you engaged for likely hundreds of gaming hours.

If you love deep narrative immersive games with a heavy story element and light role-playing then you should consider backing this project!

Tin Spin

Base Game and Components

Tin Spin from Surprisingly Fun Games is exactly that, surprisingly fun! We have had the opportunity to actually play this game for 2-6 players. This game features dexterity, strategy, and even some risk/reward gambling of gold cubes (points). The small form factor (a small metal tin) makes this game extremely easy to transport and its simple rules make it ideal for gamers and non-gamers.

On your turn you will either roll the dice you control or you will take a whirl at spinning your dice. Both have their risks and depending on the dice you control at the time you might opt for one option over the other. Of course, once you are done resolving your turn you will roll the SWAP die which will determine if the dice are passed and in which direction around the table.

We laughed and had a great time when we had the opportunity to play this game. It’s a great game to give as a gift so pick up a pair of copies when you back this project!

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Board Game Brunch: Exploring Alien Frontiers

My favorite board game theme is Space. Because of this we have a plethora of space themed games. One of these games that we enjoy is Alien Frontiers by Starling Games. We enjoyed playing it this week and paring it was a simple space themed breakfast.

The Game…Alien Frontiers

Alien Frontiers, by Starling Games, is a resource management game where you are working to develop an alien planet. Dice are used as ships and the randomness of your roles each turn as some unpredictability to the game.

Our 2-player game was a nice back and forth on the scoring track until Conesy pulled out ahead and placed his last colony, while I just couldn’t get my last couple out. There are was to mitigate poor dice rolls, but I just did not get the synergy going as well as he did. Even when you lose, it’s still a good game that we can’t help but enjoy

The Food…Breakfast Crescent Moons and Spaceship Fruit Kabobs

Brunch consisted off a loose interpretation of the Bacon, Egg, and Cheese breakfast sandwiches and fruit rockets made out of strawberries and cantaloupe with fruit dip vapor trails.

And Beyond…

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Board Game Brunch: Twisting and Turning Alone

With Consey out of town at a BMG Tournament, I am flying solo for board game brunch. I decided this was the perfect time to break out one of my games designed for solo play and have a no fuss breakfast with the dog.

I pulled got my self a dirty chai and breakfast at my favorite local coffee shop, Twisted Grounds that I enjoyed while playing Proving Grounds.

Board Game Brunch: Continuing Saturday Game Night

It’s Sunday Brunch time, but that doesn’t mean we are ready to forget about last night’s fun. Saturday night was Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) night for many of the WiscoDice crew. What better way to keep the fun going than to play a D&D inspired board game and eat some homemade deep dish pizza.

Image of Roll Player Box and Deep Dish Pizza
Board Game Brunch: Roll Player Box and Deep Dish Pizza

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