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Board Games in Review – Dice Games – Rollin’ Bones

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Rollin' BonesWell its Monday and if you have been a loyal Nerdarchist and check our site regularly you know that I, Nerdarchist Ted, am here to talk more about board games.  Today we are going to focus on the dice games, Rollin’ Bones.

This is a great simple game for killing time or play while the big game is being set up or heck even when some one is checking through the rules for clarification.

Rollin bones is a great dice game because even though the pieces look like bones they still roll like dice.  Each die has four sides and a different symbol on each side.  In Rollin’ Bones you have swords, shovels, Skulls and Bones.

On your turn you grab a die from the pile add any dice in front of you if you have them and give them a shake and roll.  Now if you rolled any Skulls all dice go back to the pile and your turn is over.  If not then you get to decide what to do next.

Rollin’ Bones

You choose a symbol of the choices of face up dice.  If you choose shovels you take all the dice that have a shovel face up and bury them.  Essentially they go to the side and are your points towards victory.  All other dice remain in front of you to be used next turn or stolen from you by your opponent.

If you choose bones, for every bone you rolled you can grab another die out of the pile, if available, and roll them and the ones in front of you and repeat as if this was your first roll.

If you choose sword, like bones you will roll again, but this time instead of taking from the pile you can Dice games Board gamessteal from your fellow players.   As with swords and bones you do not need to take as many as you rolled as rolling more dice increases your odds of getting a skull, loosing dice and your turn.  So be wise about how many dice you are considering rolling in one turn.

Many dice games have you play until all dice are gone and this one is no different.  But where this one varies is that once all the bones are buried each player rolls all their buried bones and the player who rolled the most skulls is the victor.

Dice Games rock!

I like this dice game as it is fast paced not decision heavy and is good to break out to wipe away the thought processes of a more complex board game.  Dice games are more light and easily carried with you so can be played anywhere.

And if you like dice games or dice in general the uniqueness of the dice are appealing as the game itself.  So by now you are probably chomping at the bit to go get yours and you can do so Here.

Thanks for reading and make sure you check this dice game out.  It is worth your time and always remember – “Stay Nerdy!”


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Ted Adams

The nerd is strong in this one. I received my bachelors degree in communication with a specialization in Radio/TV/Film. I have been a table op role player for about 20 years 17 of which with the current group. I have played several itterations of D&D, Mutants and Masterminds 2nd and 3rd editions, Star wars RPG, Shadowrun and World of Darkness. I am an avid fan of books and follow a few authors reading all they write. Favorite author is Jim Butcher I have been an on/off larper for around 15 years even doing a stretch of running my own for a while. I have played a number of Miniature games including Warhammer 40K, Warhammer Fantasy, Heroscape, Mage Knight, Dreamblade and D&D Miniatures. I have practiced with the art of the German long sword with an ARMA group for over 7 years studying the German long sword, sword and buckler, dagger, axe and polearm. By no strecth of the imagination am I an expert but good enough to last longer than the average person if the Zombie apocalypse ever happens. I am an avid fan of board games and dice games with my current favorite being Quarrios.

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