Kickstarter Corner – Roland Wright: The Dice Game

Hello and welcome to Kickstarter Corner where I discuss a current Kickstarter project that has come across my radar. This installment will be discussing an amusingly titled roll-and-write game called Roland Wright: The Dice Game.

Designed by Chris Handy, well known as the designer of the extremely micro Pack O Game series, and published by Perplext, Roland Wright is a game that puts you in the shoes of a game designer. Obsessed with creating a dice game to become Game of the Year, 2-5 players will simultaneous “roll-and-write” in order to meet the award submission deadline.

So how does Roland Wright work? Players are attempting to fill in different patterns on their “Bit Board” based on the various cards they have in their hand to score the most amount of points, as well as trying to compete with each other to earn Awards at the end of the game. To do this, a player designated as the Active Player rolls the 6 dice. The results of the dice are grouped by colour, after which the Active Player claims one of these groups for their own personal use. The player can then mark as many “bits” as their are dice of that colour on their board. Then all other players can mark one of the remaining colour groups on their board. Players can choose the same group as another non-Active player.

The aforementioned Bit Board along with a quick reference to the actions described below.

After bits are marked, players may erase one coloured bit to perform an action associated with that colour. These range from changing the colour of a yellow bit in the same space to allowing players to draw more cards to potentially gain more points at the end of the game. Players may also choose to use a Special Action from the Research and Development cards in their hand. Doing so however will expend the card and will not allow the player to score the associated point value at the end of the game.

Once a player has completed a Game Hallmark or Equipment card, they may be placed beside or under the player board to be scored at the end of the game. Inspiration and Research & Development cards (unless spent) are kept in the hand until the end of the game. Players also score points for completely filling their Bit Board and the previously mentioned Awards cards.

Roland Wright plays in about 20-30 minutes and is for 2-5 players, with a solo mode as one of the unlockable stretch goals. For $24 USD, you can get your very own Deluxe copy of Roland Wright, which features everything in the retail version plus a mini-expansion and a special board eraser along with any unlocked stretch goals. For $79 USD, you will recieve the Deluxe version of Roland Wright, along with all 16 games in the Pack O Game series.

As of this writing, Roland Wright has reached $18,661 USD of their $20,000 USD goal with 17 days to go. Shipping costs are extra, but are reasonable, being $5 USD within the US and $10 USD to Canada, the EU, Australia/New Zealand, and China with No VAT or taxes. You can check out the campaign here.

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