I was just commenting to a friend that I hadn’t seen any new dice games for a while, and suddenly Steve Jackson Games has added two dice games to its product release schedule next year. Zombie Dice invites 3-8 players to “Eat brains” and “Don’t get shotgunned” in an attempt to gather as many of the 13 custom victim dice as possible before the shotgun blasts stop them. Playable in 10-20 minutes, the game will include a custom dice cup and sell for $13.13 (not a typo). Cthulhu Dice uses a large custom 12-sided die with tentacles, Elder signs, Cthulhu and such, and pits 3-8 players against each other in a quick fight (10 minutes) to be the last sane cultist standing. Players can cause opponents to lose sanity, or even steal it from them, but Cthulhu damages everyone’s mind, and if no one is sane at the end, Cthulhu wins. Lose your sanity over and over for the low price of $4.99. Both games would’ve been welcome additions to our Screams from the Cave last month, but zombies and Cthulhu are a good time any season, and are due to release in March 2010.
Is “shotgunned” a word? It should be.
Shotgunned is definitely a word when you’re the one getting shotgunned. We’ll be showing off both of these games at BGG Con next week — we’ve got some prototypes that were built in-house — and will have more information posted to the webpages between now and March. (Plus, of course, photos of the factory prototypes as they come in.)
I played a ‘live’ game of cash n guns recently. The shotgun got people shotgunned.
I’ve been fortunate enough to be a play tester at SJG for both of these games. About two weeks ago, I saw the “proofs” for the zombie dice and Cthulhu die. The zombie dice look good (and the game is big fun), but the Cthulhu dice look frikkin’ awesome! They’re really, really nice dice. It’s a perfect tiny gift for gamer geeks.