Dad Reviews: Doodle Dice Monsters

Doodle Dice Monsters is a new dice game from Little Red Goblin Games that combines the fun of rolling dice with the fun of drawing crazy monsters and creatures.  The basic idea of this game is that each player draws one or more creatures and then has an agreed upon number of dice sides (we played mostly with 60 total sides) with which they can ‘buy’ whatever type of dice they want.  The game specifically references normal gaming dice: d20, d12, d10, d8, d6 (a normal six-sided die) and d4 but they also give suggestions on how you can use non-standard dice.

When I originally started reading the rule set for Doodle Dice Monsters I completely intended to play through the game with the normal group of Crimson Bastard Game Testers, most of which are either involved in our weekly podcast or do reviews here on the site and in some cases both.  Once I finished reading

the rules however I realized two things: First, my kids love crayons and second, they always want to play with my gaming dice.

So I played this game with a four-year-old, a six-year-old and an eight-year-old.

I didn’t tell them what we were playing or what any rules were up front, I just told them we were going to play a game, we needed some paper and all of our crayons and that they got to roll my dice.  I have never seen them

more excited.  I dropped a big box full of crayons that we keep in an old family sized pop-tart box in the middle of the table, cut printer paper in half and handed it out with the instructions “everyone take five minutes and draw some cool monsters, then we’re going to fight them!”  In that five minutes each of us drew two to four monsters.

Afterwards I went to each of the kids and asked them to tell me each creature’s name, weapon etc. and to pick dice to go with the monster.  Once we were done with that, which took as long or longer than the drawing in large part because of names like “Spikey-Shield Big-Killing Monster”, we setup our initiative order for the monsters and started fighting.

Honestly this was the part I had worried about.  I didn’t know how the kids would take to rolling the different dice and possibly loosing one of the new monsters they had just spent so much time drawing and telling me about.  It turned out great though.  They had so much fun describing the attacks and what was happening that they didn’t get bothered at all when a creature died and we ended up playing Doodle Dice Monsters until well after their normal bedtime, which now that I think about it probably made them like the game even more.

In the end what I expected to be another great game that I could play with the

guys during our rare game nights ended up being a great game that I can play with my kids or with the guys.  The appeal of this game is much wider than I had expected and we had so much fun that the kids are still talking about the game days after we played.  I can’t recommend this game enough to parents with imaginative kids and gaming groups that need a break from the normal day-to-day gaming from time to time.  It is well worth the time and money.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

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