Roll Player Board Game Review | Zatu Games

    Zed has hand-picked an exciting and varied selection of games in his subscription box. Expect to receive some of the best games as well as a few surprises!

    Subscribe Now »

    Looking for the latest new releases? Then this is the subscription for you, each month you’ll receive an amazing box full of just the newest & biggest games!

    Subscribe Now »

    Our two new Mystery Box offerings will help you pick up some of the latest top of the range games and exclusive goodies, but at a much lower price!

    Order Now »

    Menu

    Buy 3, get 3% off - use code BOARD3 · Buy 5, get 5% off - use code BOARD5

    Buy The Game

    Awards

    Rating

    • Artwork
    • Complexity
    • Replayability
    • Player Interaction
    • Component Quality

    You Might Like

    • A deep, strategic level of smooth gameplay.
    • Plenty of replay-ability due to different character options.
    • Very good quality throughout.

    Might Not Like

    • Once you have made your character, the adventure is over -
    • for now, a new expansion is coming soon... (update: the Monsters & Minions expansion is now available from Zatu!)
    Find out more about our blog & how to become a member of the blogging team by clicking here

    Roll Player Board Game Review

    Roll-Player-Board-Game-Review

    Roll Player has had rave reviews all over the internet, its sold out every time it’s had a reprint and still people want more can it really be as good as people say? Or is it a case of people wanting what they can’t have?

    As Lords of Vegas and Cavern Tavern are amongst my favourite games I was eager to play this dice placement game. I must say that the name did put me off from buying it several times as I thought it was just a table top RPG affair. In reality the name doesn’t have anything other than the theme in common with the name and I am glad I looked past this.

    Playing Roll Player

    The game, made by Thunderworks Games,  is of a very high standard in terms of quality and even the box surprised me. The cards are all of good stock and the dice are again very well made. The biggest shock to me though was the sheer amount of stuff that you get inside!

    Roll Player is very simple to play and I must admit that other than the drafting/rolling of the dice it plays at a very good pace and there is very little downtime at all. The game is played in rounds and these are divided into four phases:

    1. Roll phase - The first person draws dice out of the bag and rolls them, and places them in numerical order on the cards in the center of the table.
    2. Dice Placement phase - You then take it in turns selecting a dice and placing in on your player board. What number card your dice is on determines what order you take your turn in the next phase
    3. Market phase -  Purchase cards from the market that represent Traits, Skills, Weapons, and Armour.
    4. End phase – You put back the unused dice in to the bag and pass the bag to the player on the left.

    The end game is triggered when the last person fills up his player board. You then add up all your stats to calculate your score.

    There are several, various places to place your dice and every time you place on onto an attribute row you get to make use of that rows skill, this is a way to mitigate a bad roll or rearrange a dice that has been placed before.

    The fact you have everything that you would expect from a character creation in an RPG is brilliant. You have traits, armour and weapons but the most surprising thing is the detail it has in terms of stats, race gender and alignment of the character, this means every time you play your goals will be slightly different.

    Final Thoughts

    I really enjoyed Roll Player every time we have played it and the fact your goals change considering on what type of character you are means I have never got bored. The down time never actually feels like it’s over bearing as you are constantly looking at your player boards working out what you need and how to score maximum points.

    The randomness of dice can usually be a big negative in a game but Roll Player has great ways to mitigate a bad roll. The market phase is a fantastic addition and cards again can also help you get the best from a bad roll.

    I did feel like there could have been some sort of battle system or conflict added but I have been informed this will be coming soon. Everything is spot on in terms of theme and I really do suggest everyone should play this game.

    Zatu Score

    Rating

    • Artwork
    • Complexity
    • Replayability
    • Player Interaction
    • Component Quality

    You might like

    • A deep, strategic level of smooth gameplay.
    • Plenty of replay-ability due to different character options.
    • Very good quality throughout.

    Might not like

    • Once you have made your character, the adventure is over -
    • for now, a new expansion is coming soon... (update: the Monsters & Minions expansion is now available from Zatu!)

    Zatu Blog

    Find out more about our blog & how to become a member of the blogging team by clicking here

    Join us today to receive exclusive discounts, get your hands on all the new releases and much more!

    Excellent
    08000075444
    Bowthorpe Main Centre, Unit 15, Norwich NR5 9HA
    Zatu Games is rated 4.90 based on 11475
    Reviews

    very competitive prices quick delivery very happy would definitely buy from zatu again

    very competitive prices quick delivery very happy would definitely buy from zatu again

    Fabulous service as always, competitive pricing and super fast delivery, always my site to go to for gaming

    Fabulous service as always, competitive pricing and super fast delivery, always my site to go to for gaming

    Quick dispatch, The game arrived in time and the price of the game was very competitive. My nephew was staying round and I wanted an activity that wasn’t staring at a screen for most of the day. I’ll definitely be ordering games and accessories from them in the future.

    Quick dispatch, The game arrived in time and the price of the game was very competitive. My nephew was staying round and I wanted an activity that wasn’t staring at a screen for most of the day. I’ll definitely be ordering games and accessories from them in the future.

    As I don't like the German Translation of X-Wing I play the original version. Zatu always delivers fast to Germany, fair pricing. Regret very much things will be more difficult when you guys brexit...

    As I don't like the German Translation of X-Wing I play the original version. Zatu always delivers fast to Germany, fair pricing. Regret very much things will be more difficult when you guys brexit...

    Great service and a great saving over other stores. Will be ordering again from them.

    Great service and a great saving over other stores. Will be ordering again from them.

    I've just made my third order with Zatu games and I bet they'll be more. The service is fantastic, products are shipped out very quickly and excellently packaged. If you care about what you are ordering then use Zatu.

    I've just made my third order with Zatu games and I bet they'll be more. The service is fantastic, products are shipped out very quickly and excellently packaged. If you care about what you are ordering then use Zatu.

    I was in a pickle as ordered some games I was hoping to arrive urgently at the same time I ordered a pre-order and they were all penned to be sent to me on the arrival of the pre-order. Managed to speak to someone on the phone after a short email back and forth and the representative was super friendly and sorted the whole thing out very quickly and even got the non-preorder items sent out to me next day delivery for a very small charge. Very happy and impressed with the service.

    I was in a pickle as ordered some games I was hoping to arrive urgently at the same time I ordered a pre-order and they were all penned to be sent to me on the arrival of the pre-order. Managed to speak to someone on the phone after a short email back and forth and the representative was super friendly and sorted the whole thing out very quickly and even got the non-preorder items sent out to me next day delivery for a very small charge. Very happy and impressed with the service.

    We always come to Zatu for our games as we find it's a good price and great service!

    We always come to Zatu for our games as we find it's a good price and great service!

    Fast delivery great price well packed .

    Fast delivery great price well packed .

    Cheapest and quickest by far. Zatu have become my new go to for board games purchases. Wish I lived nearer to them too!

    Cheapest and quickest by far. Zatu have become my new go to for board games purchases. Wish I lived nearer to them too!

    Read All Reviews