So what is Dicemasters, well at its most basic its a dice rolling tactical combat and resource management game, where the idea is to summon creatures in (your cards and dice) and reduce your opponents life to 0.
In quick order ours arrived from Esdevium games, who have a great site to keep track of all sorts of gaming goodness here.
You get a massive pile of dice, which is a great thing, I love dice, Olivia loves dice, she has her own little collection that she has snagged from me over the years. These however are not your ordinary D6s, though they are 6 sided. You get 3 basic types of dice, action dice, creature dice and NPC dice.
The rules booklet is simple to read, and has all the rules you need in there, its easy to find any references if you need them though once your going you rarely need to look at it, as its an easy game to learn, but hard to master.
So that's whats in the starter set, cool looking dice, beautiful art cards and of course the game rules and dice bags. The dice bags will need replacing at some point with something of your own choice, if your one have taken as much punishment as ours, as Olivia likes a good rummage and I am not sure how long it will stand up to her not so delicate touch, but its a good way to personalise your game.
You can get expansion packs that add more cards and dice, her in the UK they are £1 each. yes a quid. So we had to pick some up to see!
here head on out and grab the game and some boosters to get going!
We had a quick scrap here, which I shall show you to go through the rules. I printed out the playmat which comes in small version in the rule booklet, or you can download and print here
I then move in to block, only 2 is getting through, which is not enough to kill me!, until she then then spends her other Blessing dice to give any two dice an additional plus A/D as well as all others getting plus one A/D giving her normal critters plus 2A plus 2D, and the cube and NPC I did not block hit me for 8 killing me.
That was a brief look at the game, there is much more depth of play then that, but it gives you the idea.
So what do we think of this? Olivia says "its really fun and easy to play, I like all the different dice"
High praise from her! I say, it genuinely surprised me at how much fun it is, it has plenty of depth, good resource management, tactical thinking, do I load up on low level dice, do I have high level dice, which actions? timing my attacks, keeping blockers back, knowing when to attack etc. Its fast paced, its really fun, has great art, cool looking dice and doesn't take up much space, and is also affordable. You can mix sets apparently, taking your DnD set against a friends superheroes, as the basic rules are the same across the systems, anything different or new is shown on the relevant cards.
If you want a fast fun game you can play with your gamer friends, or your family of any age, you can not go wrong with this, even if you do not know the DND universe. Grab it and enjoy it. Its well worth it. The two player starter set is RRP of £14.99, and combined with the Boosters RRP of £1 allows you to have a lot of fun with a little investment, and boosters are always fun!