In which the rules of the Dinoproof tabletop miniature game are tested and lessons are learned.
Just John brought rules for a dinosaur hunting game to my attention recently. It looked like exactly the sort of amusing, rapid and fun game that we enjoy, so we decided to each pick up a copy of the rules here. I even managed to get Chompers painted for dino safari last week.
The game explores complex themes such as life in a post dinopocalyptic world, the nature of celebrity and whether a triceratops could kill a tyrannosaurus rex if an inebriated ogre from space punched it first.
Just John (seen screaming in fear in the first image) and I ripped through our first two player game in a little over an hour. It will certainly rattle on a lot faster in future now that we know how it works.
It’s a rapid, beer and pretzels affair.
We found the rules to be straightforward, simple and largely pretty intuitive. Some of the rules are deliberately intended to generate a few laughs, but the toy dinosaur factor is silly fun too.
We only touched on some of the options in the game, of which there are enough to keep us going for a while. In particular, I am looking forward to trying out some of the iconic dinos that we didn’t fit in this time around.
Seeing a players character carried away by a pterosaur and dropped into its nest to be devoured by its young particularly tickles me. That element reminds me strongly of this…
The test game was a success. Lots of giggles and straightforward rules that are just about the right level of ludicrous. The next part of the plan is to run Dinoproof at a convention in about a month.
Im not sure how much free time that I will have between now and the event, but if I can squeeze them in I have a few fun terrain pieces that will add to the theme. I feel enthused about it right now, so I think that I will get stuck into that this weekend.
- I may have said “Clever girl…” over five zillion times during the game. I need to watch Jurassic Park again to broaden my dork quoting abilities..
- On that topic, knowing the theme tune for that movie is a distinct advantage, as humming it gives every in-game moment added pathos. Note the mature way that I resisted saying “extinct” advantage?
- While far from being “Homework: The Game“, I really do get a kick out of the edutainment factor in a game about dinosaurs, anachronistic as it may be to have them lumped in together. Everyone worth talking to likes dinosaurs. In fact, if you don’t like dinosaurs then please unsubscribe and definitely don’t comment.
- Feathers. Its one of the biggest questions of our time. I remember how crestfallen a buddy was when I mentioned many years ago that “brontosaurus” never existed. Not since Pluto deplaneted have so many bookish types been reduced to tears. Tread softly cruel realists, for not everyone is ready to accept that t-rex actually looked like he was attending the Rio Carnival.