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Maureen Hiron has transferred the well-known German game Kniffel to a board-dice game for up to 8 players. Players split into two teams, which try to bring neutral pawns from the middle of the boards into their own red safety zone at their end of the board. There are nine of these pawns, and the team that first manages to have three of them at the same time in their safety zone wins the game. Points for combinations rolled determine the movement of the Pawns, and each player can move all of them in his move. And here it gets tactical, because one must decide whether to try aggressively to move pawns into one's own safety zone or whether to act defensively and hinder pawns to be drawn into the opponent's zone.
Average Rating: 5 in 1 review
Kniffel Duell is a fun game of dice rolling that takes the basic idea of yahtzee and raises it up many, many notches!!
You have to play offensively and defensively depending on the success your opponent is having. It is NOT just simply rolling dice and trying to fill up scores on a sheet. Rather, you try to work on dice combinations to move three pawns into your red scoring zones to win the game.
Lots of ways to go about it, and there is some strategy to it. Still, it is a dice game, so there is the luck element. But the games are quick, so getting in 3-4 games in an hour is no problem.
An overlooked gem for those times when you just want to play a simple game that is not totally brainless.