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What is a ‘roll & write’ Game?

What is a ‘roll & write’ Game?

The terminology used to describe a game’s mechanics in board gaming are numerous. Knowing the lingo makes it easier for us to categorize the games we like and discover new ones to add to our libraries.

I frequently write blogs where I define terms related to board games. Let’s examine “roll & write” games today. In these games, as the name implies, players roll dice and then utilize the results to write or draw objects on paper.

How to Play Roll & Write Games?

Every roll & write game needs two essential parts: a paper scoresheet and dice. The dice will be rolled at the start of each round or turn, and participants will then decide how to use their rolls on their paper.

You could be able to utilize three dice, for instance, during your turn. You will be able to choose where and how to apply the data. There will be several choices. In Rolling Ranch, for instance, runaway farm animals are returned to their enclosures. You must fill the fenced fields on your scorecard with pigs, sheep, or cows.

The fenced fields are composed of varying-sized hexes, each with a number. Each face of the dice has a number and an image of an animal. Two dice are rolled for every round. Each player selects an animal from one die and a number from the other. Next, depict that animal on a hexadecimal representation of the appropriate farm number. Other participants will choose differently.


The four dice colors are matched by multiple numbered tracks on the player sheets.

Gamers are allowed to skip any number they choose, but they can only check off numbers in the left-to-right order. When a player completes a track, it locks and becomes unplayable for other players.

To keep players interested when it’s not their turn, after a player has finished rolling the dice and marked something on their sheet, all other players can use one of their dice.

There are other “expansion” sheets (gemixxt, Big Points, Connected) that alter the number sequence and the rules for marking them off, as well as an expansion called “characters” that bestows a unique power on each player.

Additionally, there is a two-player variant called Qwixx: Das Duell, in which both players share a board on which they place tokens, and a card game spinoff called Qwixx Card Game, which uses cards in instead of dice.

In addition to checking off numbers, the spin-off game Qwixx On Board adds a board on which pawns can be moved.

Next Station: London

Turn a card over. Make a line. Is that all there is to it? Yes and no, then. Next Station: London might serve as the inspiration for a new gaming franchise that features metro maps of various cities and challenges players to build their lines faster than all of their rivals. However, I’m getting ahead of myself.

Within the limitations of a card draw system, Next Station offers a ton of strategy, and the puzzle itself is excellent. Continue to enjoy the trip by adding player powers, objectives, and a new name for your city. Although its limitations are more obvious than its layers, there is still enough to give you a little mental heat as you navigate its structure.


Despite being a traditional board game, Yahtzee is still a lot of fun to play today. You have three chances to roll the six dice to get the highest score in this straightforward dice game. Will you roll a three of a kind, a complete house, or even the desired Yahtzee, where all five dice show the same number? Different combinations are worth varying amounts of points.

Every participant keeps a score sheet on which they log their rolls. Because there aren’t many boxes—which need to be checked out entirely if you don’t score on a turn—you’ll have to use some strategic thinking in addition to your luck-based rolls.

Yahtzee is a great method to introduce board players of all ages to one another and a great gateway game as well. Additionally, it’s always a good idea to start with one of the most well-known Roll & Write games if you’re new to the genre.

Super Skill Pinball

Super Skill Pinball simulates a pinball table with just a pen and some dice, while other roll & write games don’t do much to evoke a theme. Selecting a game from the four available tables, you start at the top and descend by selecting which bumpers and targets to hit based on your roll. When it drops to the flippers, it’s the same story, but the worst part is that you can’t utilize the same box twice, so soon your ball will run out of targets and drop.

You must utilize the unique combination and unique play guidelines of your table to increase your score, which makes for a puzzle that is both exciting and captivating. A Star Trek-themed set is among the available sets, but Ramp It Up is the best of the lot and comes with a cooperative table.

Player Interaction… or lack thereof

There isn’t a lot of player engagement in roll & write games, especially ones that use simultaneous action. Your attention is on your own paper, and you’re making decisions to attempt to get as many points as you can. However, in certain games, the dice you choose may restrict the options available to other players.

The fantastic cooperative roll & write game Escape: Roll & Write is one recent noteworthy exception with a high player interaction rate. Each player in the game Escape has an own map of a tomb that they are all investigating. Players work together to collect riches, some of which is dependent on two players entering certain rooms simultaneously. It takes a lot of teamwork and conversation to figure out how to use the dice rolls most efficiently because moving around is difficult.