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Draft dice to assemble attribute scores. Purchase weapons/armor. Train to gain skills and discover your champion’s traits.  Be a hero!
Draft dice to assemble attribute scores. Purchase weapons/armor. Train to gain skills and discover your champion’s traits.  Be a hero!
Draft dice to assemble attribute scores. Purchase weapons/armor. Train to gain skills and discover your champion’s traits. Be a hero!
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In Roll Player, players compete to create the greatest fantasy adventurer. Roll and draft dice to assemble character attribute scores. Purchase weapons and armor to outfit your hero. Train to gain skills and discover your hero’s traits to prepare them for their journey. Earn Reputation by constructing the perfect character. The player with the highest Reputation wins the game and will surely triumph over whatever nefarious plot lies ahead!

In Roll Player, a game round is divided into 4 phases. The Roll Phase, the Dice Phase, the Market Phase and the Cleanup Phase.   

ROLL PHASE - The Start Player draws dice out of a bag, rolls them, and places them in numerical order on Initiative cards in the center of the table.

DICE PHASE - Players take turns selecting an Initiative card, placing their die on their Character Sheet and taking Attribute Actions associated with the Attribute the die was placed in.

MARKET PHASE - Players purchase cards from the market that represent Traits, Skills, Weapons, and Armor.

CLEAN UP PHASE - Return unselected dice to the bag. Return Initiative cards and unused Charisma tokens to the center of the table. Refresh 1 Skill card. Pass the Dice Bag to the player on the left.

The game ends at the completion of the round in which all players have filled all Attribute Rows on their Character Sheets. Players then calculate their Final Reputation Scores to determine the winner!

Check out the latest version of the Roll Player rulebook:

Racial Character Portraits (Dwarf F/ Human M )
Racial Character Portraits (Dwarf F/ Human M )

Want to experience how Roll Player plays before pledging? Go ahead and download the FREE print and play version, grab some dice and tokens and try it yourself!

Racial Character Portraits ( Halfling M / Elf F )
Racial Character Portraits ( Halfling M / Elf F )

"Roll Player's clever use of dice really makes it stand out from other strategy games. Lots of fun." -- Kane Klenko (Game Designer - Dead Men Tell No Tales/Pressure Cooker/Mad City/Fuse)

"You know that feeling when you are speccing out your character in the menu screen of a video game and, before you know it, 40 minutes have gone by while you were tweaking your attributes and weapon loadouts? That's Roll Player." -- Dustin Schwartz (Playtester)

"Roll Player brings back some of the best RPG memories and is fun on many levels. Its rare to find a game like this that feels truly new! I haven't been giddy to get a hold of a game in a long time." -- Cole Busse (Playtester)

"A sleek approach to something new, Roll Player combines dice drafting, action selection, and a whole slew of variable powers into a spectacularly concise yet modular game about preparing your unique character for adventure. Keith rolled a natural 20 with this one!" -- Scott Birrenkott (Playtester)  

"Each turn is a rich decision making opportunity that will satisfy a gamer looking for something that mixes the joy of drafting, rich and difficulty decisions, a few take-that and denial moves, with the pleasure of having a handful of dice to roll." -- Julius Besser (Playtester / 1 Player Podcast Reviewer)

"For us, Roll Player is a must-buy. Our play group is our family - two adults, a 16 year old girl and a ten year old boy: the game was enjoyed across ages and genders, which is an accomplishment!" -- Joe Neigel (Playtester) 

"I really enjoyed playing Roll Player. The theme felt very well integrated with the mechanics. The gameplay was very solid. I always felt like I had important decisions. And the ultimate winner wasn't apparent until the very end." -- George Jaros (GJJGames Review)

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Join the discussion on Roll Player in the comments section here at Kickstarter, or over at the game page at Boardgame Geek.

Adventurer Pledge Level

  • Shipping is included in the pledge for all backers in the US.
  • +$10 to Canada
  • +$25 everywhere else

Frog Adventurer Pledge Level

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  • +$20 to Canada
  • +$35 everywhere else

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Bullfrogs is a game I designed and published with the help of an awesome group of backers last year. It was released into distribution in March of this year.  Reviews have been great.  I have a very limited number of copies left, so I'm offering it bundled with the solitaire variant (which was a Kickstarter Add-On) as part of the "Frog Adventurer" Pledge Level.  See the "How to play" video below. 

 More details can be found on the previous Kickstarter campaign page, the game's BGG page, or the page over at Thunderworks Games.

Printing a board or card game is expensive. Without the help of backers on Kickstarter, Roll Player simply just will not exist. I need your support to make this game a reality. The design is complete. The art is complete. Now, all I need is enough people who think Roll Player is as cool and fun as I do to join me and we can fire up the printing press!

Again, I've had the pleasure to work with Luis Francisco as the graphic designer on the project. In addition to being a great artist and friend, he's also part of a Brazilian publishing company -- Funbox Jogos. 

Luis and Funbox is excited to announce that they'll be publishing the Brazilian Portuguese edition of Roll Player for the Brazilian market.

So, this Kickstarter does not ship to Brazil, but Brazilian gamers will have the opportunity to preorder it from FunBox Jogos in the near future!

Help us spread the word! Share, follow, like, thumb, tweet, or whatever else you can think of! 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thunderworksgames 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/thunderworksgam 

BGG Page: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/169426/roll-player

TWG Blog: http://www.thunderworksgames.com/blog.html

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 This is Thunderworks Games' second time running a Kickstarter campaign, manufacturing a game and distributing a game. I feel I did a good job with my first game, Bullfrogs, and will also deliver this great game to you with good/frequent/honest communication within a reasonable timeline.

I truely believe in this project and I'd appreciate your support. I am dedicated to transparency throughout this campaign. This game is for you, the gamer. Let's go on this adventure to make Roll Player a reality together.

If you have any advice, comments, questions or just want to say hi, please feel free to contact me through this "Contact me" link under my bio on this page or send a message to me at keith@thunderworksgames.com or over at www.thunderworksgames.com!

Risks and challenges

Every project has risks. I've outlined some common areas of risk in boardgame projects and how I've done my best to address them.

> Artwork: All the artwork for the game is complete, with the exception of the Character Sheet images associated with pledge levels, any images added due to achieving stretch goals or any last minute tweaks before sending the final files off to the manufacturer.

> Component Quality: I've worked with and built a great relationship with one of the best game manufacturers around, Panda Game Manufacturing (www.pandagm.com). Their proven track record on games like Eclipse, Terra Mystica, Pandemic, Belfort, and Mice & Mystics, proves they make great games with a high standard to quality.

> Delivery Timeline: Unexpected delays out of my control can always occur (i.e. component shortage, manufacturer issues, customs delays, etc...). For the production schedule on Roll Player, I've used very conservative estimates to account for unknowns and bumps in the road.

> Fulfillment: I have received multiple estimates and plan to work with established fulfillment companies that have proven track records for delivering quickly and efficiently all over the world.

> Second Project: Even though this is my second Kickstarter project, I have continued to spend endless hours researching Kickstarter as well as participating in many Kickstarters. I have done my best to foresee and minimize any obstacles I've experienced in the past or by studying issues that have been stumbling blocks other creators have run into and how they overcame them.

In addition, in my life outside of this campaign, I have over a decade of project management experience on large-scale software projects. I will continue to leverage that experience and apply it to this project by anticipating issues and sidestepping hurdles that may arise.

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