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    • 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!)
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    Roll Player Board Game Review

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    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.

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    • 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!)

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    Couldn't be more happier with quality of service. I have already ordered twice with Zatu and every time I have received games packed with care on time. For sure I am going to be your regular customer 😉

    Couldn't be more happier with quality of service. I have already ordered twice with Zatu and every time I have received games packed with care on time. For sure I am going to be your regular customer 😉

    Execellent Customer Service listened well and actef promptly. Davef Christmas.

    Execellent Customer Service listened well and actef promptly. Davef Christmas.

    If it's in stock you get it quickly and well packed, made the switch from ebay for board games and couldn't be happier with Zatu's service

    If it's in stock you get it quickly and well packed, made the switch from ebay for board games and couldn't be happier with Zatu's service

    Well I’m not sure how to write this but I got the muffin time game and it was accurate with shipping dates and it cost very minimal. And the only thing I would say is that with pre orders try and have a guessed time. But yeah apart from that vary good service and would use again

    Well I’m not sure how to write this but I got the muffin time game and it was accurate with shipping dates and it cost very minimal. And the only thing I would say is that with pre orders try and have a guessed time. But yeah apart from that vary good service and would use again

    Have used Zatu games a couple of times. Found the games I wanted, which weren't available on some other sites. Items received in a couple of days of ordering, kept up to date with order progress by email. Items were well packaged and we enjoyed playing the games! Would recommend Zatu games and will certainly use again.

    Have used Zatu games a couple of times. Found the games I wanted, which weren't available on some other sites. Items received in a couple of days of ordering, kept up to date with order progress by email. Items were well packaged and we enjoyed playing the games! Would recommend Zatu games and will certainly use again.

    Delivered before Christmas and the most competitive pricing at time of order.

    Delivered before Christmas and the most competitive pricing at time of order.

    Excellent selection of games and excellent service.

    Excellent selection of games and excellent service.

    Good Team, very fast delivery after the Dlc Packs released. 😁👍🏻

    Good Team, very fast delivery after the Dlc Packs released. 😁👍🏻

    Great company, very accommodating and fast shipping, even to the US!

    Great company, very accommodating and fast shipping, even to the US!

    I have ordered various Star Wars Armada products from the Zatu website. When one of the parcels went missing while underway, Zatu immediately sent me a replacement! The response to customer questions could be a bit faster though but some delay is understandable :)

    I have ordered various Star Wars Armada products from the Zatu website. When one of the parcels went missing while underway, Zatu immediately sent me a replacement! The response to customer questions could be a bit faster though but some delay is understandable :)

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