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my solo games odyssey: D-Day Dice

As far as dice games go, there aren’t many I can think of that do anything quite like D-Day Dice

Originally available as a Print-and-Play game, D-Day Dice had a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign last year, and I got in on it. Since the game arrived a few weeks ago, I’ve gotten to play it quite a few times.

In a way, it’s got some similarity in mechanics to Catan Dice Game. But the execution is way, way better. There are maps you are trying to make your way up. You can discover items in the field, and use them to affect your situation. You can enlist Specialists who have permanent effects on your unit. 

It’s pretty great. 

Now, I have beaten the game before. It’s never very easy, but I’ve certainly done it.

Today? Um. It was REALLY NOT VERY EASY.

I bet I played ten games of it. Maybe more. And I got ripped apart each. and. every. time.

I tried to be conservative. I tried to be aggressive. I switched maps. I couldn’t get ANYWHERE.

The way you win? You enter the bunker at the top of the map, and survive the ensuing firefight with at least one soldier left. I couldn’t even get to the bunker.

The kids were waking up from their naps, so I thought, forget it. I get 90 points for making it to Sector 9. That’s more than I’ve gotten for any non-Sackson game in this stupid thing.

About seven hours passed. I was about to go to bed.

I couldn’t do it. I had to give it one more shot.

This time, I decided to make it slightly easier on myself by including the Badges expansion. Basically, the Badges expansion gives you a little leg up here and there. You end up losing 10 points per badge you have in play at the end of the game, but if I could get into that bunker and mess some Germans up, a few badges wouldn’t be a concern.

Through some careful play and some pretty lucky rolls, I finally got there. I stormed that bunker. I CHARGED.

And I got immediately mowed down.

After deducting 10 points per badge, I was left with 50 points.

I think I have lost my D-Day Dice mojo. I still love the game, but I don’t think it cares much for me.

I’ll be sticking with my 90 points from earlier, thankyouverymuch. Which still pushes my Total Worth In Points over the thousand point hump, which is pretty much all I cared about today.

D-Day Dice Score: 90

Running TWIP: 1047