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Push your luck games are all about risk and reward, and Daredevil from Jeff Siadek aims to distill that down into a quick playing card game.  In this game you are a hot shot daredevil trying to make their mark without dying, and so you will be taking on various stunts in order to increase your renown.  At the start of the game you will be given a character card that gives you a special ability, like re-rolling a die on certain stunts, or allowing you to succeed on doubles regardless of the total.  After getting a character card then several stunt cards will be put out for players to attempt.  Each stunt will have a point value in the form of stars, a number you have to meet or beat on a dice roll, and consequences should you fail.  You will pick a stunt and then make a single roll of the dice, with a re-roll if you have the applicable special ability, meet or beat the number to claim the stunt, else suffer the consequences.  Consequences can come in the form of lowering die values, forcing you to re-roll dice, barring you from trying certain stunts or even death.  But don’t worry the first time death comes out, that was only a brush with death, but the second one will fully take you out of the game.  Once everyone is dead or retires then you total up your stars and the person with the most is the winner.

This is a game with not a lot of strategy or nuance to it, but those games can be fun too, like Roll For It or Tumblin’ Dice.  Plus the art is cute and the theme fits right in with the push your luck mechanic.  So if you enjoy a quick push your luck style game all about being a daredevil, check out the Kickstarter page.

Fans of the 2011 Calliope Games hit Roll for It! are in for a treat, because an app version of the addictive dice and card game has just been released. Roll for It! combined dice collection with playing cards, which dictate what dice are needed. Players take turns matching dice to target cards, or take a turn to reclaim dice, earning victory points dictated by the card. The app version is available for both iOS and Android systems.

In other digital news, the board game company IELLO has announced that they will be a sponsor of the eSports group Tuxedo eSports. Tuxedo is currently the only eSports organization to form out of the indie fighting game Rivals of Aether. You can read the full press release from IELLO here.

Dwarves: Dig, Delve, Die is the latest game from Imbalanced Games and is a light, dice placement game.  In the game you will have a pool of dice and a deck of cards, at the start of the game some cards are flipped over into a line and some dice are given to each player.  On your turn you grab another die from the dice pool and roll it with all your other dice.  You will then place your dice on different location cards, stacking your die on top if it matches or is greater than the die below.  Then the cards with the lowest visible die value are activated, giving you gold, stealing gold from others, giving others gold, or allowing you to dig deeper and reveal more cards.  As more actions are revealed you will have more choices, but don’t forget, the winner is the first person to five gold.

From the description the game sounds like a interesting filler where you roll dice and take actions without any great depth of strategy, which is not necessarily a bad thing.  Roll for It! fits in the same boat of rolling dice and making simple decisions and this game may fit right in that niche with it.  So if you are looking for a light dice roller, head on over to the game’s campaign page today to pledge.

With August having come to a close, Calliope is reminiscing on the excellent August they had between GenCon, and one of their games being picked up by Target.  That’s right, now included in the dozens of games recently announced as Target exclusive, the new editions of Roll For It! purple and red are now among those exclusives.  Changes in the new edition are mostly cosmetic with inclusion of a drawstring bag, new colorful opaque dice, and a viewing window on the box.  So if you are looking for a quick and fun dice chucking game, you only have to go as far as your local Target to find it.

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This continues to be the year of IP games as another Rick and Morty game is coming from Cryptozoic, Mr. Meeseeks’ Box O’ Fun: The Rick and Morty Dice Dares Game.  Despite a title that is long and complicated, the game itself is a fairly simple dice game similar to Roll for It.  In the game you will pick up request cards that have a specific dice combo you need to roll.  After that you roll the dice to see if you get it, if not then you get to start drawing Mr. Meeseek cards.  These cards give you dice manipulation abilities but with a drawback, take too long to finish the request and they inflict negative effects on you.  Once you complete the request you get the card as points and discard the Mr. Meeseek cards you had drawn.  Also you can draw dare cards which have Quelf like tasks that may or may not be kid friendly, but if you do them they give you bonus points.  The first to reach a set number of victory points is the winner.

You can check out more on Cryptozoic site and look for it’s release in August of this year.