Kickstarter – VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game
I like games and coffee, I don’t like dice, but I do like games and coffee.
This is a semi coop, strategic Euro… with Coffee
Publisher – Dice Hate Me Games
Designer – T. C. Petty III
Minimum Pledge to get Game – $30 ($50 to UK)
Best Value Pledge – $30 ($50 to UK)
Kickstarter Link – VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game
VivaJava: The Coffee Game: The Dice Game – or, more simply, VivaJava Dice – is the successor to the well-received 2012 release of VivaJava: The Coffee Game. As in its predecessor, players of VivaJava Dicetake on the roles of employees at the VivaJava CoffeeCo., scouring the globe for the best beans to keep the company on top while keeping themselves one step ahead of the rest of the executives.
Also as in VivaJava, VivaJava Dice has players making the crucial decision between blending beans and research, but with a quick, new twist. Players must now use the dice in their pool to blend – using the beans to create a best-seller for quick points, then deciding whether to press their luck in subsequent rounds for bigger points but fewer dice as the blends degrade – or to research, which involves using their valuable beans to gain an ever-changing variety of dice-manipulating abilities, new ways to score, and paths that lead to aiding a competitor for a later payoff or hindering that competitor for immediate gratification. VivaJava Dice also offers a unique system of cooperative dice-rolling that can help you rise to the top, but at the price of someone else riding your coattails.
With an astounding mix of plug-and-play research abilities, subtle social play in semi-cooperative mode, and the chance to hog all the glory and blend the best for yourself, VivaJava Dice is all about choice, making each game fast and furiously different.
I quite like these dice placement games and this one has an interesting theme.
I like the semi-co-op part where giving your dice to opponents helps them out but also gains you points.
There’s some risk in the dice you keep may not score you points when it gets to your turn. Also, the whole research thing is a pretty good idea too.
A game like this with a playing time of 30 minutes interests me a lot.
Did I pledge?
$20 postage for a $30 game is too much. Understandable, but too much.
Hopefully this game will come out retail in the UK and I can pick it up then.