Eat The Villagers

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a Dragon? I know I always have, and in Eat The Villagers, you get to find out. As the dragon, you will be eating those pesky villagers, fighting off knights, and dodging magic attacks from wizards. Seriously, how cool does this game sound? Well, let’s dive in and find out!

Mid Roll!

Adam in mid roll!

So as usual, I will judge the game on 3 things, Design, Replay Value, and Fun Factor. Added from now on, will be a personal interview with each creator! It gives you a feel for them as well as the game. Let’s start this out with a bang.

Brief explanation of the game

Eat The Villagers is a dice based game, in which you try to be the first person to eat 16 villagers. How is this done? Well by rolling the villagers of course! Be careful though, because the pesky wizards and knights want to slay you before you hit your goal.

Prototype Colours - Real design is black dice with coloured icons.

Prototype Colours – Real design is black dice with coloured icons.

The game contains 16 basic dice, with two dragon dice, and two wizard dice. Each die has two knights, two barricades, and two of the special characters (wizard, dragon, or villager). So in one roll, you could easily win, lose, or get shot out of the sky.

Here’s how it works. You start by taking five dice out of the bag at random, so you could get a dragon or wizard as well. You roll the dice, and eat the villagers you roll. Now if you roll knights, then you put them aside as well, as five knights in total will down the Dragon, or rolling a wizard with two knights will also kill you. The wizard needs those two knights to protect him to kill the Dragon as well, if there isn’t two knights, then the wizard gets eaten. Lastly, the barricades are re-rolled when you draw new dice. Sound confusing? I swear it seemed it, but after my very first roll it was super simple and SO MUCH FUN!

You need to get 16 villagers in any number of turns, so if you have eaten seven and have four knights, you may want to stop there, and wait for your next turn. If you get killed by knights or the wizard, you lose all the villagers you’ve gained just for that turn. There is a few side rolls for the Dragon dice, but I do like leaving a bit of surprise for when you buy it.

Design Adam – 8, Jordan – 8, Alex – 8.5

I should start by saying that this is a dice based game, which contains 20 dice of different designs. The design of the icons on the dice is cool, I like the original icons used, and the different colours provided for different types as well. I am currently using the prototype dice, but have seen images of the finished product and honestly it is so crisp. I think using all black dice, with different colour designs is a great idea, because it really makes the colours stand out.

I am unsure at this time if there is plans for some sort of non see-through bag for the dice, but it would be an amazing addition as the ziploc bag I’m using makes it a bit difficult not to see which dice I am pulling out. Based on the idea behind the game I would keep an eye out for it though, the creators seem to be really behind this party style game. Honestly, it is one of the better designed dice only games I have ever had the joy of playing.

Replay Value – Adam – 8, Jordan – 8.5, Alex – 8

Eat The Villagers is an amazing game to play over and over again, because you can have too many outcomes to count. With all of the different roll combinations, it can be a quick game, but if you get greedy it can go on for awhile as well. I actually managed to blow a win by rolling that one more time then I should have. I still had a blast with my losses though, because it takes just as much guts and skill, as it does luck.

I would definitely recommend this game for anyone who would want to play a quick game, that is super portable, and honestly just a barrel of fun.

Jordan making his random choices!

Jordan making his random choices!

Fun Factor – Adam – 9, Jordan – 9, Alex – 9

What can I say, this game was by far one of the more fun games I have played in while. The rolls made for a laugh, the game dynamic made it fun for all of us playing, and the atmosphere the game made was pleasant. I have played this game at least 20 times in the two weeks I have had the joy of owning the game. I will say the main fun about it is the simple game dynamic, and the fact you get to be a Dragon. Eating villagers is pretty fun after all, using their tiny pitchforks for toothpicks, and watching the village burn to the ground. Sorry, got lost in the moment there… mmm villagers…

I decided to talk to the creators from now on, and ask the hard questions.

1) When did your love for gaming start?
We’ve been playing board games since we were kids and simply never stopped. In fact, we met playing cards at a mutual friend’s house 22 years ago. Now, we host board game nights and go to a monthly board game night. It’s good, wholesome fun with friends, and there’s a game for every taste and play style.
2) What made you decide to create this specific type of game?
Eat the Villagers is meant to be played while you wait for your food at a restaurant. We hate to see groups of friends and family members disconnected from one another and staring at their phones while together. We want to connect people again, get them talking and laughing. We knew the game had to be portable, easy to learn, fun, and brief. We created it for adults, but made sure it is also suitable for children. Plus, who doesn’t want to be a dragon?
3) What types of games do you normally play?
Autumn prefers party games and cooperative games. Dave prefers longer games involving strategy or deck building.
4) Where/when will we be able to get our hands on this game?
We plan to launch our Kickstarter in April, 2015. There will special items for Kickstarter backers that will not be made available thereafter. Make this Kickstarter a success and we will have an app of the game out a year later so you can play with friends far away; it is already in development! Follow us on social media for updates at Twitter.com/ButterKnifeLLC or Facebook.com/ButterKnifeConcepts.
5) Do you have plans for more games in the future?
Absolutely! Currently in the works are: a card game for preschoolers, a 2-player card battle game based on mythology, and a cooperative post-apocalyptic game.
Thanks so much,
Autumn & Dave Hahn
co-owner Butter Knife Concepts
Thanks Autumn and Dave for the bundles of fun in my small mail package. I appreciate you letting me get in on the ground level. If I can say anything at all for those who are thinking about whether this game is for you or not. If you are a fan of having fun, then yes, yes it is.
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