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Young Guns - Dice Masters for Kids

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Hello everyone,

My son has become obsessed with dice masters......he is 6!

As the game is designed for 14+ I was put in a little bit of an issue; how to teach a game like dice masters to a "Young Gun" gamer. Below is how things have progressed thus far. It has worked great, he even taught another 6 year old today at the game shop how to play the game.

**note: my son does play a lot of video games and has been playing Pokemon for a few months. So my results may not be the norm if your "Young Gun" gamer Has not done much gaming yet.

STEP 1

I started off basically teaching him the basic rules like I would for anyone. How to draw, what the cost to purchase a die, attack and defense. He took to this part pretty quickly.

STEP 2

We played a 4 vs 4 match wih two dice on each character card. I gave him 4 cost and lower cards to choose from and let him choose his team. We did not use basic action dice.

*We also did not use any of the text on the cards. It was a basic buy dice, field dice, attack with dice.....HE LOVED IT!

STEP 3

After playing a few games with the rules from Step 2 we moved to using the card text. This step was a little harder as I needed to remind him to read his card and ask questions if he didn't understand what the card meant. We continued to play with only 4 Characters for 3 more games. I had him choose a new team each time to see what characters he wanted to play. We still did not add basic action cards.

**We did not use globals if any of the cards had globals!

STEP 4

We tried adding basic action cards in this step. I found that the abilities of most of the action cards were kind of confusing to him and he found it hard to deal with me buying his dice. Instead of making the game not fun I made a decision.

YOUNG GUN GAMER RULES
1. Global abilities are not used
2. Basic Action Dice are not used
3. All other rules apply

STEP 5

Once I decided on the two alterations above we were back on track. We moved up to 8 character cards and 20 dice. I let him decide on what characters to bring and of course he picked all 5-6-7 purchase dice. I tried to tell him this was a bad idea....but he is 6 and wanted to try. He lost 0-20 and said he would "try a different build next time". He choose a couple 2 & 3 purchase guys and beat me 14-0 the next time.

The Conclusion

Dice Masters is a terrific game and with two small adjustments can be taught to kids likely 6+ in my opinion. They may not have the same level of strategy as an older person, however I believe sometimes that gets in the way of just having fun and throwing down. Below is a picture of one of our games today, his strategy was to field as many characters as possible and then attack me with all of them. I played along and only attacked a few times. This was his massive attack;

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All for now,

Big Hungry Bill
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  1. fun4willis's Avatar
    Thanks for sharing @BigHungryBill .

    I just posted a blog about my intention to do a demo event at a local FLGS. This gives me an excellent strategy if the participant is younger, which I had not initially contemplated.
  2. BigHungryBill's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by fun4willis
    Thanks for sharing @BigHungryBill .

    I just posted a blog about my intention to do a demo event at a local FLGS. This gives me an excellent strategy if the participant is younger, which I had not initially contemplated.
    It is a good area to potentially get some players - most players at my card shop will play the game with my son even with the slightly altered rules. Some however look at me and say the rules are the rules. I lean towards new players for a game is paramount!
  3. Necromanticer's Avatar
    Y'know, this is a pretty great idea. Beyond just simplifying the game for kids, it might make it easier to introduce people to the game as well. I know my friend had a few issues wrapping his head around globals and their timings, leading him to be a bit wary of the game when starting out.

    Either way, it's nice to hear about more people getting involved. I don't know what Dice Masters is going to look like in terms of longevity, but I can hope that this is just the start for the game.
  4. Jthomash2's Avatar
    Love this. My 6 yo daughter and I play the same way! No globals, no BAC. She's on a Cyclops, Phoenix, and Marvel Girl kick... Same thing, first game she couldn't buy them, but now she's got some cheap characters to build to them on the team.
  5. BigHungryBill's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Necromanticer
    Y'know, this is a pretty great idea. Beyond just simplifying the game for kids, it might make it easier to introduce people to the game as well. I know my friend had a few issues wrapping his head around globals and their timings, leading him to be a bit wary of the game when starting out.

    Either way, it's nice to hear about more people getting involved. I don't know what Dice Masters is going to look like in terms of longevity, but I can hope that this is just the start for the game.
    I believe a new person not having to worry about globals and action dice is the best way to go. In the end for older people you would add them but essentially take the same steps. Buying, rolling your character and attacking is what will catch people! Well I hope it continues for years - coming out with new types of sets should keep it going I believe.

    Thanks for the comment!

    BigHungryBill
  6. BigHungryBill's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jthomash2
    Love this. My 6 yo daughter and I play the same way! No globals, no BAC. She's on a Cyclops, Phoenix, and Marvel Girl kick... Same thing, first game she couldn't buy them, but now she's got some cheap characters to build to them on the team.
    Potentially this is something that is going on in lots of homes. It would be great to have lots of young people!

    Thanks for the comment,

    BigHungryBill
  7. SJ_Mitchell's Avatar
    I taught my daughter and 6 year old niece in the same manner. 4v4 makes the game manageable and fun for smaller players.
  8. BigHungryBill's Avatar
    Another great idea! I will add that to the format for sure!