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Letter roll is a very fun game if you’re into word games. It’s also fast to learn, and one of those games you can bring home and play with your parents.
Being made by Out of the Box Games (maker of “Apples to Apples”) means that, even if this is your first time playing, everyone should be familiar with the rules, including all nuances, in about two minutes. I have found that to hold true with all the Out Of The Box games I’ve played, which is, I suppose, where they get their name.
First, you dice lovers out there should know that Letter Roll comes with 7 huge D20s. Unfortunately for your D&D dice bag, they have letters printed on them instead of numbers. Still, there is dice rolling involved, which tends to be a huge plus.
Gameplay is quite simple. One player rolls 4 of the lettered d20s, and the player next to them removes one of the rolled letters from play. Then, the players have a set amount of time to come up with as many words that contain the remaining three letters as possible. Word length is not considered. So, for example, if the letters M, A, and W came up, you could write Maw, Wham, Marshmallow, Womanly…. etc. As long at the word has all three letters in it, you’re good to go. At the end of the time period, players compare words, and get points for words that no one else thought of.
I really like this game because there aren’t a lot of word games out there. This one rewards quick, open ended thinking and an expansive vocabulary. It’s also really easy to pick up and plays quickly. As to the difficulty, it’s easily dialed up or down. The dice are color coded – the white dice have “easier” letters (vowels and common consonants), while the orange have “difficult” consonants (X, J, etc.). Blue falls somewhere in between. By choosing to roll more difficult dice versus the easier ones, a player can make the game more difficult.
All in all, this is a great game if you’re looking for a word game!
Game: Letter Roll
Players: 2-6 (or more, if you have the patience to wait for everyone to go through their lists of words)
Play Time: 30 minutes or less
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