Valley Games - D-Day Dice
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- Duration : 240
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Normandy, June 6th, 1944 – as you land on the well-defended beaches, a German machine gun nest is killing your comrades like flies. You must do something! In D-Day Dice, players are Allied soldiers trying to organize improvised units for an attack against the machine gun nest. Each player starts the game with a unit of a few soldiers and nothing else. As the game progresses, he will collect resources and advance on the beach, sector by sector, as his unit grows stronger and deadlier. He will succeed...or die trying. D-Day Dice is a multiplayer co-op game, where all players play their turn simultaneously and must help each other in order to stay alive. It also includes solitaire optional rules. Although built around dice rolling, this game is about resource management (soldiers, specialists, items and courage) and knowing when to move your unit. Resources are kept from turn to turn, so the players can plan ahead.
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The Dice are definitely unique and are of high quality. I like the feel of the dice and will sometimes just roll them for fun. It isn't initially a very complex game but it is very fun. Enjoy!
I say potential because the scenario we played, with it being my first time, was introductory and WAAAAY too easy. So I didn't particularly care for my first play but I still liked how the game was played and could see with some more difficulty it is one I would enjoy.
The game is played (and remember, I've only played the training scenario) with players storming a bunker. The players are represented by dice on a cardboard map. Each turn players roll dice Yahtzee style in order to acquire more troops (which are lost as casualties each turn), medals (used to advance on the map), stars (used to buy specialists which give players special abilities), and item points (used to buy items which give players a one time effect). The game is fully cooperative so these resources can be traded freely between players for best effect. The dice come in 3 color sets and there is another neat mechanic where if you roll the same symbol in all 3 colors you get a powerful bonus and if you happen to roll one of all 6 symbols you get a very powerful "award" bonus.
You can only stay in an area for 3 turns then you are forced to move onto the next one where typically the losses are greater and more bad stuff will happen (and sometimes there are bonuses as well). My issue with the introductory scenario was that the first four zones were not very dangerous and being able to spend 12 turns in these areas allowed us to get enough resources to buy up everything of value and finish the game reasonably unscathed. The biggest loss players experience each turn is to troops and I finished the game with 35 of them left.
But like I said, I like the mechanics, and more punishing scenarios with a lot more tension and tough decisions would really make this game pop so I'm more than willing to give it another try.
At first, it seems really complicated, but while the mechanics are complex, they're easy to learn by just sitting down and getting a game going. If you're at all familiar with Yahtzee, D-Day Dice will feel very similar, though with a lot of extra, awesomely flavorful WWII mechanics.
My only complaint is that the Wrench icon is used to represent both Tools and Item Points, even though they're separate mechanics. Your dice roll can contain Tools, and more Tools in a single roll earns you a geometrically increasing number of Item Points. This means that the Wrenches on your dice don't correspond directly to the Wrench on your resource card, and I've seen numerous players get very confused by this disconnect. I think that something like a Radio icon would have been a better thing to put on the resource card, to differentiate Item Points from Tools.
You can check out the game with a free demo by googling ddaydice. If you like solo games, this is also very good challenge. If you are a buff for D Day, I recommend you pick it up.
The cooperative system is the best part, in my opinion. So you can play with your friends not having to beat them.
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