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OMINOES is a fast paced dice tactics game for 2-4 players. Players try to collect groups of dice whilst fighting off opponents.
OMINOES is a fast paced dice tactics game for 2-4 players. Players try to collect groups of dice whilst fighting off opponents.
OMINOES is a fast paced dice tactics game for 2-4 players. Players try to collect groups of dice whilst fighting off opponents.
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 OMINOES - The Dice Game for Everyone.

In October we were showing prototypes of OMINOES at Spiel '16 in Essen and the lovely Katherine Rosland of BoardGameGeek TV had us over for a quick chat about the game. It was live in a busy and huge convention but it'll give you a good idea of what OMINOES is about.

 

OMINOES - the Dice Game for Everyone
OMINOES - the Dice Game for Everyone

 

OMINOES is a quick to learn, easy to play dice tactics game for everyone.

OMINOES for 2-4 players, age 6+ in 15 minutes.
OMINOES for 2-4 players, age 6+ in 15 minutes.

 

Players are aiming to collect groups of their chosen Egyptian gods to score points. You can collect Horus the green falcon, Apep the red snake, Ra the yellow sun or Khepri the blue scarab beetle. Each roll of a new OMINOE dice will trigger a move on the board - sometimes you will move your own Ominoe and sometimes you will be moving other players' Ominoes as you compete to collect groups of 4 or more of your gods.

Collect Horus, Apep, Khepri or Ra - it's up to you.
Collect Horus, Apep, Khepri or Ra - it's up to you.

 

Once you make a face to face group, collect your Ominoes and score them as points. The first to the magic number of 13 wins. Or 21 in a 2-player game.

Ominoes in play.
Ominoes in play.

 

It's quick, competitive and just a little bit naughty, shifting faster than the desert sands.


Where did OMINOES come from?

1864. The Ominus Valley, Egypt. An intrepid group of explorers led by my Great, Great, Great Grandfather JB Gill come a cross an ancient temple complex 124 miles from Assuan. Along with a host of artifacts they uncover a set of 6 carved stone cubes. Their purpose is a mystery. Gill is convinced the 6,000 year old items are gaming pieces, but he finds no indication of how any game would play.

An ancient OMINOE and JB Gill's map of the area.
An ancient OMINOE and JB Gill's map of the area.

 

Page 76 of JB Gill's book. The Enigma of the Ominus Valley
Page 76 of JB Gill's book. The Enigma of the Ominus Valley

 I was fortunate to come into possession of J B Gill's discovery, along with his expedition diary. I was hooked. What could the game have been? This is how we think it might have played - as OMINOES.

Since the 1864 expedition Egypt has moved on. The Low Aswan dam was built to provide essential irrigation and now the site is submerged under millions of gallons of water.

What's in a box of OMINOES?

What's in a box of OMINOES?
What's in a box of OMINOES?

 

OMINOES close-up - Thanks to Who Dares Rolls
OMINOES close-up - Thanks to Who Dares Rolls

 

 

Note: These OMINOES pictured are used in the 'Deluxe Edition'. The ones in the standard edition will have the same designs but will be made from wood to the highest standard.

The Wooden Dice will look like this! Well, 26 of them.

Wooden Ominoes
Wooden Ominoes

 

Wooden Ominoes on the Retail bard
Wooden Ominoes on the Retail bard

 

Each box of OMINOES Comes with 26 custom dice manufactured especially for us.

Four coloured player markers.

A play board.

A rules sheet.

A box.

How to Play OMINOES

Ominoes - the Ancient Board
Ominoes - the Ancient Board

 

Once you are set up the play is really simple. Roll an Ominoe. The face up side shows which Ominoe to move on the board. If you roll Apep, the red snake, then choose one of the red snakes in play and move it 3 spaces in any direction. You can be as helpful or not as you choose! Then lastly add the rolled Ominoe - the new red snake, anywhere on the board.

Roll an Ominoe, Move an Ominoe, Add an Ominoe - it's that simple.
Roll an Ominoe, Move an Ominoe, Add an Ominoe - it's that simple.

 

If you roll Yay-Ra - the mover - then you get to move any Ominoe in play and add Yay-Ra as a joker or wild card. You can use these as part of your groups of Ominoes.

YAY-Ra - the mover of all. Move any Ominoe 3 spaces.
YAY-Ra - the mover of all. Move any Ominoe 3 spaces.

 

If you roll Ominotep the move is a bit different. Choose any Ominoe in play, take it off the board, reroll it and return it to the same space on the board. Then add Ominotep as a joker or wild Ominoe.

Ominotep - reroll an Ominoe in play. Sabotage your enemy!
Ominotep - reroll an Ominoe in play. Sabotage your enemy!

 

So here are the rules....

OMINOES - The rules sheet side 1.
OMINOES - The rules sheet side 1.

 

OMINOES - the other half of the rules. Nice and short.
OMINOES - the other half of the rules. Nice and short.

 

And that's how Ominoes plays. The way it plays is up to you. Helpful and friendly, or mean and naughty? Most people seem to like the second option.

But you don't have to take our word for it. We've been very fortunate to have a whole host of great reviews already for Ominoes so, here are what the experts you trust are saying already.

REVIEWS

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THE DICE TOWER

The Dice Tower review of OMINOES with Sam Healey
The Dice Tower review of OMINOES with Sam Healey

 

 

The TOUCAN PLAY Review
The TOUCAN PLAY Review

 

 

The Box of Delights Review
The Box of Delights Review

 

The Who Dares Rolls Review
The Who Dares Rolls Review

 

 

The Big Red Barrel Review
The Big Red Barrel Review

 

 

The Go Play Listen Review
The Go Play Listen Review

 

The Creaking Shelves Review
The Creaking Shelves Review

 

And for our European chums - The Geekster Review
And for our European chums - The Geekster Review

 

And there are more on our site www.yaygames.uk.

All the reviews above were made playing the 'Special Edition' version of Ominoes. The game will look slightly different when we fund but will play just the same. There are a few of the 'Special Editions' available here.

Stretch Goals

When we reach funding landmarks we will add extra improvements. The bag for storing your Ominoes in will only be available for Kickstarter backers - but we will be including a double sided board and international rules for all copies of OMINOES when these goals are unlocked.

 

OMINOES is funded and we're on our way to the first stretch goal!
OMINOES is funded and we're on our way to the first stretch goal!

 

OMINOES - The Kickstarter Tour

There is nothing better than actually getting to play a game before you back it. We have already been out and about with Ominoes showing it at UK Games Expo in June this year and at Conpulsion in Edinburgh in April and of course we were at Spiel 16 in Essen.

We are getting out and about in the UK while this campaign is running so do come along and play with us if you can.

We will be out and about at the following placess:

  • 19th November at the V and A Museum of Childhood with Playtest UK 
  • 3rd December Dragonmeet in London.
  • 10th December Eclectic Games in Reading

And post campaign we're heading to Dice Portsmouth to unwind!

We'll be letting you know as other events pop up.

OMINOES - The 'Deluxe Edition'

If you have read this far you'll have noticed mention of our 'Deluxe Edition' Ominoes.

'Deluxe Edition' Ominoes
'Deluxe Edition' Ominoes

 OMINOES 'Deluxe Edition' is a limited edition of 288. It comes in a tin with a 'low impact' player board which bears a strong resemblance to a mouse mat. We have a few of these left and are making 30 available here - we know how much you love special editions.

SHIPPING

Full details of shipping for each reward level are given in the relevant section. But as a guide, each game of OMINOES will ship to the UK for £5, Europe £7 and USA, Canad and the Rest of the World at £10.

PARTNERS

So we at YAY Games have designed, playtested and made OMINOES as playable and enjoyable as we can. But we're not alone in getting our game to you. There are the big issues of manufacture and delivery once we've funded. After all, you want your game, right?

We have enlisted the help of two of the finest in the UK to get our game made and onto your table.

Cartamundi UK will be manufacturing OMINOES
Cartamundi UK will be manufacturing OMINOES

 

Cartamundi UK are the biggest and best in the UK for printing and manufacture  - soon, with your help, we will be giving them the green light to start manufacture.

GAMES QUEST will be handling our fulfilment to you.
GAMES QUEST will be handling our fulfilment to you.

 

Games Quest - the UK rising stars in fulfilment for Kickstarter campaigns. We have our games warehoused with them and we know they'll deliver OMINOES anywhere in the world for the best prices.

And for our German chums - yes we know you are out there! we have great news. Spieleschmiede are running a parallel campaign for you get our game with German rules. You can find more here

https://www.spiele-offensive.de/Spieleschmiede/Ominoes/

So there it is OMINOES from YAY Games. Thank you for your interest. We hope that you back us and we look forward to getting OMINOES out to you as soon as possible.

Happy Gaming - The YAY Team.

Risks and challenges

OMINOES is YAY Games third Kickstarter. We have learned a hell of a lot running the first two successfully and that's given us a chance to establish our own games publishing company and continue to retail our games. So - once again a huge thanks to everyone who has supported us so far.
We already have in place a large proportion of the funds needed to take OMINOES to production. We already have a manufacturer lined up. We already have GAMES QUEST on board who will be handling our fulfilment needs across the world in a highly professional manner. And - just as importantly - we have OMINOES finished, designed, playtested to the limit and ready to go. It's already been reviewed by people who know good games when they see them and we have some smashing comments. Do have a look at the reviews links above.
So - yes, there are always the unexpected snags - but we are confident that once our game is funded we will be giving the green light to manufacture and ship our games out to you and our other vital backers.

We are ready - come and join us.

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