Steve Jackson Games and Me at GenCon 2014
August 20, 2014 - 11:26am
I had the pleasure of talking with Leonard Balsera and Brian Engard at Steve Jackson Games. They gave me a great look at a couple of their upcoming releases, Mars Attacks: The Dice Game, Knightmare Chess, and the now mainstream Hipster Dice. When I asked Balsera and Engard about Hipster Dice, I felt like I was missing something. "Don't want to waste your time with Hipster Dice," says Engard as we move into an overview of Mars Attacks.
Mars Attacks: The Dice GameMars Attacks: The Dice Game is built on the dice rolling engine found in Zombie Dice. Designed by Sam Mitschke and Philip Reed, players are Martians looking to destroy cities and get their pictures taken at monuments across the world. Each of these custom dice have three symbols: ray guns, nukes, and martian heads. Cards are shuffled and split into even piles. The top card of each pile is turned face up and represent cities around the world. Each city will have a number of ray guns needed to destroy that city. Players want to get those ray guns before rolling too many nukes and busting out. Martian heads can be re-rolled or used for taking pictures at monuments as they come up. The game is for three to six players and plays under 30 minutes.
Maybe Hipster Dice is a new way to play chess?