Martian Dice is a new game from Tasty Minstrel Games. It’s a quick push-your-luck filler, so good at the start of a gaming evening while waiting for more people to arrive, or at the end of an evening when there’s not much time left.
You are Martians, trying to abduct earthlings. You have 13 dice. 2 faces on each die are Death Rays, and then there’s one each of a tank, a chicken, a human and a cow.
When you roll, you are required to set aside any tanks. They are the earth military, trying to stop you abducting earthlings. You must then set aside at least one other die. When you decide which type of die to put aside, you must put aside all dice showing that same face. While you can always put aside Death Rays, adding to any you’ve put aside earlier, for each type of earthling, you can only set them aside once. So, if you’ve already set aside humans, you can’t set aside more humans.
You can either stop out of choice, or roll again, rolling the dice you haven’t yet set aside. You may be forced to stop if after setting aside tanks, you only have dice of an earthling type already set aside.
Once you are done with rolling, you then determine your score. Firstly, you must have at least as many death rays as tanks, or the earthly military has chased you away. If you don’t, you score nothing. If you do have sufficient force, you score one point for each earthling you abduct. If you manage to abduct at least one earthling of each type, you get a bonus 3 points.
It’s a silly but fun game, takes maybe 10 minutes to play, and it’s enjoyable to roll lots of dice.