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I should be getting pottery because of the jugs

June 18, 2013

For some reason we don’t play a lot of dice games. The sort where the dice are the dominant part of the game, that is. I don’t really know why that is, because I generally enjoy them, and Miss B likes rolling dice as much as most. So now we have a new (to us) game, Roll Through the Ages which I have played a few times and now Miss B has given it a go.

Those five workers will be put to work on the Great Wall project which is nearing completion.

Those five workers will be put to work on the Great Wall project which is nearing completion.

Roll Through the Ages has a surprising amount of strategy for something that is all about rolling little wooden cubes. You can use workers to build cities (more dice) or monuments (lots of victory points), you can choose to trade your goods and cash to buy developments to mitigate against bad luck or give you handy bonuses, and there are many other small decisions that can take your empire in various directions.

I really like this game and have actually been playing it quite a bit on yukata.de. Miss B cottoned on to the main ideas pretty quickly and soon got the hang of tracking resources on the peg boards (though I helped her with totalling up the values to speed things along) and enjoyed marking up her purchases on her score sheet. There was a bit of disappointment that her score ended up quite a lot behind mine, but she had made all her own decisions and was pleased that she had managed to complete construction of the Great Wall by the end. I think the monuments are quite nice in this respect as they give something of a sense of achievement (as well as points!) on completion.

The game is probably a little heavyweight for really regular play between us, but I expect it’ll come out from time to time.  Apart from anything else, the dice are lovely and the peg boards for tracking goods are wonderful, so it’s just a nice thing to play with.

The verdict from Miss B (aged nearly 6½): “Roll Through the Ages is 9 out of 10 and 14 out of 15. I quite like the way the pegs work and the dice rolling, and I like writing things down on the paper.”

The game: Roll Through the Ages (Gryphon Games), 1 to 4 players, aged 8+.

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