Zombie Dice

Need a game that is quick, fun and super easy to play? At PAX, while I was waiting in line for one of the many panels or talks to start, I saw so many people playing a game called Zombie Dice. Before PAX was over, I found a booth selling them. I bought my own tube of Zombie Dice to play with my friends whenever we were waiting in line for anything.

Zombie Dice by Steve Jackson Games, is a 3-8 player game with a goal of collecting as many brains as you possibly can before getting killed. Here is the game’s’ description:

Eat brains. Don’t get shotgunned. You are a zombie. You want brains. More brains than any of your zombie buddies. Zombie Dice is a quick and easy game for gamers and non-gamers alike. The 13 custom dice represent victims. Push your luck to eat their brains, but stop rolling before the shotgun blasts end your turn! Zombie Dice is a dice game for 3 to 8 players. Each game takes 10 to 20 minutes, and can be taught in a single round.

Of the 13, six sided dice that the game comes with, each side of the dice has an image on it. Either a shotgun blast, footsteps or brains. The dice also come in three colors. Green, Yellow and red. With the green dice you are more likely to get brains and as you work your way through the dice to the red ones you are less likely to get a brains and more likely to get shot.

The game works like this. Your 13 colored dice go into the cup the game came with. You shake it up, pull out three dice and roll them in front of you. If you get get a brain on any of the dice, that one of your victims and you get a point. If you get footprints that means your victim got away. If you get a shotgun blast that means you were shot. You keep pulling dice out, three at a time and rolling them to collect brains. But remember to stop before you get three shotgun blast. When you are done, put the dice back in the cup and had it off to the next person to play. If you get three shotgun blasts you loose all the brains you have collected so far. The first person to 13 brains/points wins!

The game is simple, but really fun and I enjoyed playing it over and over again in while waiting in lines at PAX with my friends. The dice feel and look like they are quality made. The cup could have been better, but it serves its purpose.

Have you played Zombie Dice? What do you and your friends think of it? Leave a comment below and tell me your thoughts on this zombie dice game.

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Attacking With Dice

Dungeon Mistress With MinisAs a Dungeon Mistress (DM) you get the pleasure of controlling Monsters, Goblins, Demons, Liches, Dire Wolves, Owl Bears, and all sorts of unspeakable baddies. It’s one of the perks of running a tabletop role-playing game. However, your players may not like the choices you make for your villains. That is where attacking with dice comes into play.

Rather than choosing who your red dragon is going to attack and deal with the aftermath of your players saying that you are not a fair DM. Let the dice speak for your obedient red dragon.

If you have two players stuck in a dungeon with a red dragon roll a six-sided dice (d6). Player one is going to be numbers one through three and player two is numbers four through six. Whichever number that dice lands on is the player the dragon attacks!

Got three players? Then with the same d6, player one is one & two. Player two is three & four. Player three is five & six.

Got four players? Than Role a four-sided dice (d4)

Got five players? Role a ten sided dice (d10) with player one being one & two. Player two being three & four… and so on.

Dungeon Mistress With Minis

This is what I have learned works for my party and resolves conflicts before they even start. But I am very interested to know how you handle these kind of situations in your gaming group. Leave a comment and lets share ideas!

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Pencil Bag

Dungeon Mistress and her Pencil BagPlayers love to play games. Video games, board games and roleplaying games. Your players come with one thing to the gaming table. That’s the ability to play games and not anything else. My players show up ready to play, but are rarely prepared to play. So, I as a DM take the extra effort to do what I can to make sure the weekly game is as ready for start time as possible.

This includes offering to do doing the following:

  • Offering to hold onto players character sheets
  • Offering to hold onto players dice.

Some of my players are perfectly fine with me keeping hold of their character sheets. Others are not. Which is fine. Dice however, is a whole nother matter. All of my players hang onto their dice with a death grip. They are not offended by my offer to hold on to their dice for them, but dice just hold a special place in their hearts so they wont let them go and that is understandable. But that just means at some point they are going to forget to bring their dice. So I keep a spare set of dice handy just for when that happens.

And it does happen!

Lastly I have learned to keep a pencil bag. I picked this up shortly after I started DMing when I noticed we never had enough pencils. This is one of my most used tools and I would like to share with you what I keep inside of it.

  • Different colored pencils. Players like choices, so spend a couple of bucks on different kinds of pencils that your players can choose from.
  • Pencil sharpener.
  • Erasers. I prefer these erasers.
  • Wet Erase Markers. If you use battle maps in your game you are going to want to keep a spare set, or two, of wet erase markers in your pencil bag.

How do you organise your gaming parity’s supplies? Leave a comment and lets share ideas!

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