Having bought each of my boys (C, aged nearly 5 and E, aged 2 and a half) a set of gem polydice in the summer, they've each been asking to play a proper game with them. C can just about manage Song of Blades but it's way beyond E still so I was in a quandary. Polydice just shout 'dungeon-crawl' to me so today I grabbed a bunch of miniatures and some dungeon tiles and made up some very basic rules:
- All players and monsters have a Maximum dice
- Combat is by opposed dice rolls
- If you lose a round of combat, you 'lose' the dice you rolled (damage/HP/fatigue)
- Once you lose all your dice, you're out/down/dead
- If you defeat a foe then you regain the 'smallest' of your lost dice (levelling up equivalent)
- Movement is by squares, d4 per turn
- No moving if you're in combat
- Bashing down a door is attempted at one down from your max remaining dice
- Each door has a total which must be reached (over consecutive turns if necessary) to break it down
- Multiple combats are split if more than one on each side
- If it's 2:1 or worse, the score for each side is the SUM of the values rolled for each side
- Knights start at d20, goblins at d8 and the giant at 2d20 (can lose two rounds at each dice level before going down)
The plot was that some wicked goblins had raided the king's treasure house and two of his knights (Sir C and Sir E) had to retrieve the stolen gems.......
|"Right, you go and get that goblin, and I'll pick up the jewel" "Ok, brother"
|"Take that, goblin!"
|"But Daddy, I don't want the giant to kill me."
|And, out of the dungeons, the knights make good their escape. Hurrah!
I worried at one point that I'd have to cheat for them to survive when the numbers started piling up against them, but their dice rolling! Jeepers creepers, I wish I could roll like that. They finished with only one dice 'lost' each but had felt that they might get beaten for large sections of the game which I reckon means I (by luck) got the challenge level absolutely spot on.
An hour of geeking with my two boys, playing a game they enjoyed and want to play again. Now that's treasure :)