This time, we go to the Wild West to partake in a wild gunfight. Do you have lucky hand with dice and the ability to spot a traitor in your midst? Learn more with this weeks’ video covering Bang! The Dice Game.
You may not be familiar with his name, but there’s a good chance that if you’re a modern board game fan, you know at least one of his games. He’s the guy that created Pandemic, one of the biggest and best modern board games in existence.
Looking at his portfolio of games, he clearly has a niche. Co-operative games are his bread and butter, which he does better than just about anyone in the business. In this edition of the Board Game Night Playlist, you’re not only getting a spotlight on Matt Leacock games, but also a great co-operative game night.
Playing board games at my family gatherings is hard. With so many cousins to account for, most of my collection can’t handle player counts to support us all. For moments like this, I turn to a few quality games that shine with many people in the same room.
For 3-8 players, Bang!: The Dice Game puts everyone in the middle of a wild west gunfight. Players take turns firing their guns at others, though they don’t necessarily know if they’re shooting at friend or foe. Pay close attention to who everyone else is shooting at, as it may give you clues into whose on your side. This one is a big hit in our group thanks to its fast and fun gameplay. It’s sub-$20 price point also doesn’t hurt. In terms of bang for your buck (pun intended), Bang!: The Dice Game is pretty tough to beat. Adding this one to the list for me was a no-brainer.
Released in 2002, the original Bang! was a card game that put you in the thick of a wild western shootout. Players take turns shooting at each other, though hidden roles made it so that you weren’t sure if you were shooting at friends or foes. After the dust has settled, the winner or winning side would be determined based on whoever was left standing. While Bang! was beloved by many who played it, the game was also criticized for taking too long to complete. Over a decade later, the solution to that problem arrives in the form of Bang!: The Dice Game. This re-imagining of the card game captures the thrills of the original in 15-20 minutes.