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In Praise of Roll n' Writes

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let-off studios
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Fueled by my own personal interest in old-skool game-books and choose-your-own-adventure games, I did a little bit of research on roll n' write games. Here's a link to the 2018 GenCan't game jam roll n' write submissions:

https://sites.google.com/view/rollandwriteglobaljam/home/results-and-dow...

I admire roll n' write game design because in general it's accessible, it's quick to get into (and finish), many have solo variants and/or are designed for solo play, and there's still boundless creativity to be discovered within the strict material confines of the genre. After a quick skim through these contest submissions, I found plenty of inspiration for my own works, as well as plenty of opportunities for fun on a rainy day. :)

Additionally, Gabe Barrett had a recent podcast regarding roll n' write design, and you can listen to it here:

http://www.boardgamedesignlab.com/designing-a-roll-and-write-with-odin-p...

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Resources!

Thank you for the resources!
I only most recently discovered a roll'n'write I'm interested in (imperial settlers), but not sure if there are any other games in the genre that you would recommend trying first.

Good luck out there!

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i would recommend patchwork

i would recommend patchwork doodle as a nice and simple roll and wright (it also uses some cards). its especially good if you are (or are playing with) more arty people, my niece loved the way she had to colour each patch.
for anyone wanting to make an r&w, you cant go far wrong with the classics, farkle and yhatzy. farkle might be considered more a push your luck game, but the mechanics can be used to model your dice pool. yhatzy is a true r&w, but the theme is absent, you only have to look at roll through the ages to see it with a theme.

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Dice & Ink Roll n' Write Compilation

For those of you interested in supporting several designers in a single collaboration of roll n' writes, you may be interested in the Kickstarter campaign for Dice & Ink, Volume 1. It's a collection of 10 roll n' write games.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/inkwellgames/dice-and-ink-a-roll-an...

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Knizia's Book: Dice Games Properly Explained

I know I've mentioned this book previously here, but Dice Games Properly Explained, by the immortal Reiner Knizia, has dozens of rulesets for dice-based games, including many category games similar to Yahtzee and Farkle. I love this book and I think all designers should at least read it, if not also invest in finding their own copy.

Here's a link to an online store for used books that I purchase from regularly. I live in the 'States, but had my copy shipped here from the UK:

https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/SearchResults?sts=t&cm_sp=SearchF-_-hom...

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