Appropriate event was appropriate.
Ah! I wish I had seen this earlier in the day, hah! Thanks for posting!
Salt and Burn - a modern boardgames (kickstartered) that uses roll and move.
Renaissance or Anachronism?
I just ran a quick search on BoardGameGeek - 65 roll and move games released so far this year. 140 released in 2013. I stopped searching at that point.
They never went away.
In nearly all the games I found though, it is not the sole mechanism, and normally not the mechanism that decides victory. It’s a plot driver.
Why is roll and move popular?
- It’s beginner friendly, since it’s a mechanic most people have come across, even just in childhood games.
- it’s intuitive. “Roll this much, move this much.”. That’s much clearer then chess (another familiar game). “The castle moves as far as it wants in a straight line”
- People like elements of gambling and chance.
- Design wise, from the flat probability distribution of 1 die to the normal approximation of two or more, there’s quite a lot of options.
- By introducing a controlled amount of random variation, it allows subtly changing tactical situations, albeit at the cost of strategic depth. (since the randomness makes it riskier to plan far ahead)
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