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Pen & Sword

A trick-taking dice game for two players

Pen & Sword is a quick-playing, easy-to-learn dice game for two players. Players begin each round by rolling their set of 10 dice behind their screen. They then play through 9 tricks until only one die is left. Games generally consist of 3 rounds. The first player to 14 points wins.

Tricks are won by the highest number of symbols. Ties are resolved according to one of two rock-paper-scissor-type hierarchies of colour and symbol. The green die beats all the others. In the case of identical dice, a challenge is triggered and players play additional dice until someone is a clear victor in a winner takes all scenario.

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The rules also include a bidding variant for experienced players. One advantage of this variant is that it allows players to score even with low rolls.

In order to reduce the cost of the game no printed rules come in the box. Please refer to the downloads section below for the rule manual and for the sticker instructions.

(Note: Since taking the pictures and the video The Game Crafter has had to discontinue the gold dice and the yellow stars. These have been replaced with dark gold dice and yellow octboxes. Gameplay remains unaffected.)

Components

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Why buy this?

  • Rock-Paper-Scissors in 2 Dimensions
  • Roll dice, take tricks
  • Plays in 15 minutes

Requirements

<30
2-2
12+

Vitals

Average Rating 2 reviews
Publish Date July 02, 2020
Edition First
Department Dice Games
Primary Mechanic Trick-taking

Notes

  • This game contains laser cut components. Laser cut items will have a slight amount of soot around the edges, which can easily be wiped off; and will have a campfire smell for about a week after you open them.

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Own It Played It Fun Priced Well High Replay Value Well Written Rules Nice Artwork

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