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Review of Dice Forge

Posted Sunday, 7-Apr-2019

Dice Forge is a dice rolling game where you customize your dice. And wait ‘til you see the box insert!

 

Contributed by Carol LaGrow

 

 

Dice Forge by Régis Bonnessée (Seasons, Lords of Xidit) is a dice rolling game for 2-4 players that plays in about 45 minutes. Players upgrade their dice during the game by replacing the dice faces.

 

Dice Forge box
Dice Forge box

 

Unboxing Dice Forge

Lift the cover of Dice Forge, and you’ll find a large sleeve, held in place with a purple band. Dice and other components are arranged neatly along the sides.

 

Inside the box of Dice Forge
Inside the Dice Forge box

 

Below the sleeve with the purple band is a folded game board.

 

Folded game board in box
Folded game board

 

Under the folded game board you can see cards, tokens, pawns, and player boards.

 

Dice Forge's box insert
Box insert for Dice Forge

 

Everything has a place. Even the smallest of cardboard bits.

 

A place for every little component
A place for every little component

 

When the sleeve is removed from the tray, it is put back into place on top of the box insert.

 

Tray back on top of the box insert
Tray back on top of the box insert

 

Not only does the box organize the components, it acts as a component itself. The player board fits up against a side of the box, and the box becomes scenery.

 

The side of the box becomes the backdrop for the board
The side of the box becomes the backdrop for the board

 

The game board is not just flat. It has indentations where the cards will go.  The markings at each spot show the cost for the card in that spot. There are two options for the cards, adding variability to the game.

 

The cards fit along the edges of the board
The cards fit along the edges of the board

 

The different sets of cards have their own slots in the box insert.

 

Cards in box insert
Cards in box insert

 

The cards fit into the board, physically and aesthetically. They continue the artwork of the board.

 

The cards continue the artwork of the board
The cards continue the artwork of the board

 

The tray holds dice faces that players can purchase throughout the game to upgrade their dice.

 

Tray holding the replacement dice faces
Tray holding the replacement dice faces

 

Upgrading the dice
Upgrading the dice

 

The dice are designed so that one of the plastic squares can be used to pry another one off of a die. A can opener with an angled tip also works well for this. It gives you leverage, and saves wear on the plastic bits.

 

A can opener also works to remove the dice faces
A can opener also works to remove the dice faces

 

The player boards have cutouts for the cubes, so that they are not accidentally bumped.

 

Player board with cutouts
Player board with cutouts

 

The components and organization make it inviting to play.

 

Playing Dice Forge

Players roll their dice and then apply the effects of the two faces shown. This usually means acquiring resources. If the active player has a card that grants them special effects, they resolve those cards.

 

Dice faces at the start of the game
Dice faces at the start of the game

 

The active player must choose whether to spend gold to buy a new die face, or to spend resources for a card.

 

Acquiring a card
Acquiring a card

 

Strong dice and powerful cards will help during the game, but only Glory Points count in the end.

 

Comparing Dice Forge

Dice Forge is similar in length and complexity to King of Tokyo and Machi Koro. There is also a comparable level of player interaction. While players do not attack other players, like in King of Tokyo, actions from one player can affect other players. For example, with the Minotaur card, all other players roll their dice, but lose the resources or Glory Points instead of gaining them.

 

Examples of cards
Examples of cards

 

Widely available for about $36, Dice Forge has great components and thoughtful extras that make you feel like you’re getting a bargain. No extra costs for a box insert or player mat overlays required. Dice Forge also saves time, because it has everything waiting for you when you open the box. This is the game you’ll want to bring to game night.

 

Dice Forge box side
Dice Forge box side

 

Buy Dice Forge

 

Buy directly on Amazon

 

Already own Dice Forge? Dice Forge: Rebellion is the first expansion.

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