Now on Kickstarter from Flatlined Games, SteamRollers
August 26, 2017 - 1:49am
Roll and write games are starting to gain in popularity it seems, as more and more games with that type of mechanic are released like Dice Stars, La Granja No Siesta, and even OctoDice. So Flatlined Games is trying their hand at it by creating a roll and write, pick up and deliver train game called SteamRollers. Like the mechanic name suggests, the active player will roll dice, and on your turn you draft a die to use the value to mark something on your board. The different options include drawing track, delivering a good from the central board, increasing the power of your engine, or taking an action tile. Where these things can happen and what you can draw are determined by the dice that you roll, the white dice giving you numbers and the black die a track shape. The action tiles you acquire give you different options to further manipulate the dice, mess with your opponents by taking dice from them, or giving you an additional action. Delivering goods gets you points, connecting towns gets you points, upgrading your engine gets you points, and action tiles you have may give or take away points. At the end the person with the most points is the winner. This game seeks to bring a fresh take on roll and write by bringing it into the pick up and deliver train game genre, and I think they accomplish that. The art, while sparse, looks good and has a clean design to it that makes things easy to read. If you want to know more about the game, or back for your own copy, head on over to their Kickstarter page.