Complexity: Medium-Light, Price: $42.89 (Amazon)
One of the great joys of any tabletop RPG is Session Zero, when characters roll the dice and determine their heroes’ attributes and backstories. As in the video games that followed, character creation in RPGs is often a rewarding minigame itself, allowing players to tinker with various starting talents and abilities to create the perfect hero. No wonder Thunderworks Games turned character creation into a dynamic board game with Roll Player.
In Roll Player, you and your opponents will take turns designing, placing, and manipulating cubes to build the perfect hero. Using the abilities familiar to Dungeons & Dragons fans (Strength, Dexterity, Constitution, Intelligence, Wisdom, and Charisma), each player’s goal is to balance their abilities to best suit their class and backstory . At the end of the game, players add up their earned reputation stats and declare the person with the most points the winner.
The result is a pleasant twist on the RPG experience, with a “roll player” game that ends exactly when the real adventure would begin. If you’re a dedicated gamer and willing to trawl the streams a bit, you can even use your Roll Player creation as the basis for an actual Dungeons & Dragons character. Nothing gets you more invested in your character than knowing how much you had to scratch for each and every point.