Hello, and welcome to the lair of the Gaming Barbarian! Today we travel to feudal Japan for a look at Age of War.
Gameplay of Age of War is surprisingly simple. On your turn, you roll 7 custom made six-sided dice. You then use these dice to match symbols on cards placed in the middle of the table. If you are able to match all the symbols on the card, you win the card. Fail to match the symbols and you lose a die. Lose all your dice and your turn ends. Each card is worth a certain number of points. Once all the cards are gone, whoever has the most points wins.
Yes…that is it. Very simple. And man what fun! There is something about chucking dice that just feels so great.
14 cards and 7custom dice. Those are the components of this game. Like I said: very simple. The only issue component wise is that their is no dice bag included. The box is portable – being only 4.75in. x 4.75in. x 1.50in.(official dimensions) – but a dice bag would have made an already great game even greater.
If you like small games like Love Letter and enjoy rolling dice, this is an obvious choice. Yes, the theme is paper thin and taped on. Yes, the game is all luck. Yes, those things would bother me in a longer game. But this game is only 10-15 minutes and super easy to understand. Don’t walk, run to buy this game!