Bang! The Dice Game is a 2013 re-implementation of the Bang! Card Game from 2002. It features the same wild west shootout with a sheriff who can’t quite remember who is a loyal Deputy and who is a treacherous Outlaw. As the name suggests, this version uses dice instead of cards to see who lives and who dies.
Updating the game to feature dice has worked incredibly well. Games are shorter, snappier, and more exciting. Players are assigned characters and secret roles. There are four roles in each game; Sheriff, Deputy, Outlaw and Renegade. The Sheriff and Deputies win if they outlive the Outlaws and Renegades. The Outlaws win if the Sheriff dies and the Renegade wins if they are the last person standing, a very tricky role to succeed in.
On their turn a player will roll the five dice up to three times. Choosing to keep certain results along the way. The dice will allow players, to inflict harm upon themselves and others, as well as heal.
When the dice allow you to shoot they give you a range of either one or two. The one lets you shoot a player next to you and the two means you have to shoot a player one space further away. This leads to players being forced into shooting those they don't necessarily want to. During the game this will lead to many heated debates and appeals to the Sheriff, whose role is always visible.
The Bang! dice can also cause Gatling Guns to fire, inflicting damage on all players. Beers rolled allow healing, which can be given to other players if necessary. There are also Native American attacks and Dynamite explosions, which can cause big amounts of damage.
Bang! The Dice Game is a fun experience. It has player elimination but the game will be over quickly and it’s fun to watch the last few rounds play out. Outlaws and Deputies can win even if they have been eliminated so still have a stake in the game.
Having the Renegade in the game nicely muddies everyone’s motivations. The Renegade will want to keep the Sheriff alive, but not too alive. So can be mistaken for a loyal Deputy, which will anger the real Deputies.
This is a worthwhile addition to the Bang! Family. It plays up to eight and is a wonderful way to kick-off a gaming night. You may end up playing it all night as everyone will want to have one more roll of the dice.