We then tried out Dancing Dice, a game I’ve been wanting to play for a long time. This was designed by Silvano Sorrentino and released by da Vinci Games. Players are competing in a dance marathon and they simultaneously roll their six dice and sort them into two combinations of three. One re-roll is allowed. Then, each set of three represents a dance for the first and second phases of that round. Combinations of 1-1-1, 2-2-2 and 3-3-3 are the best, then matching a pre-determined combination of dice (rolled at the start of a round), followed by pip total in descending order with a roll of 4 (1-1-2) being the worst. Each player’s score for the two phases are ranked separately and the players in the bottom half of the rankings each lose a point. Over several rounds, players lose more points and once they have fallen to zero from a starting total of 10 points, they are eliminated. The last dancer standing wins the marathon.
Being a dice game, we automatically assumed Mark G would win this game hands down but we didn’t realise he had two left feet when it came to dancing. Nige on the other hand started out well (obviously having watched too much Strictly Come Dancing!). He wasn’t able to sustain his early standard though and Mark K showed some very slick moves to take the win after it had come down to sudden death between him and me.
This will not be to everyone’s tastes but it was great fun and there was quite a bit of laughing. If you like similar games like Liar’s Dice or Can’t Stop, this fits in very well. Although it’s an elimination game, it’s very quick – our game took about 20 minutes, so no-one is hanging around with nothing to do for very long. A very good end-of-evening filler.