Imagine Yahtzee, but instead of scoring points, the dice are used to fight your opponent! Games begin with each player selecting a character with unique powers. Some deal a lot of damage, some become more powerful as the game progresses, and others rely on special “status effects” to turn the tide of combat quickly. Players then take turns rolling the dice up to three times looking for favorable die results; rarer combinations (such as a Yahtzee of 6’s) activate the most powerful abilities. Additionally, players collect cards throughout the game which can be used to upgrade abilities, enhance attacks, or even change the value of dice! The game ends when one player is reduced to zero health.
While the premise may seem like it would get old fast, the innovative design lends itself to endless replayability. Every character plays differently, so every combination of characters is unique. This, paired with excellent art, a quick playing time of just 15-30 minutes, and the constant tension between keeping a mediocre die roll or risking it all for something better, makes every game so darn fun.
Note that all boxes from all seasons can be mixed and matched with all other boxes. Only one set is required to play with two players, though more boxes are needed for higher player counts. Can be played with 2-6 players.