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Best Roll & Write Board Games

Roll & write board games are usually pretty portable making them a great choice for traveling or keeping a game in your bag just in case the mood hits. 

So what’s a roll & write board game? For beginners being introduced to this mechanism of gameplay, the way it works is that players roll the dice and mark results on paper. It’s a pretty easy style of play which leaves room for some unpredictable and exciting turns. 

Here’s a list of the top 10 best roll & write board games to play!

🏆 Our Top Picks for Best Roll & Write Board Games

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Best Kids

Corinth
  • Easy to learn in three minutes, Corinth comes in a portable and...
  • This game will challenge players to make tactical choices.
  • They must obtain the best offer for their goods while also making...

Best Large Group

Cartographers
  • 30-45 minute competitive fantasy map-drawing game for 1-100...
  • In Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale, players compete to get the...
  • Each season, players draw on their map sheet and score against...

Best Overall

That's Pretty Clever
  • Designed by award-winning designer Wolfgang Warsch
  • Contents: 1 scoring pad, 6 dice, 4 felt tip pens
  • Nominated for 2018 KennerSpiel des Jahres!

#1. Welcome to…

Welcome to... Board Game Featured Image

Players: 1-100
Playing time: 25 mins

The game is based on the suburban boom in 1950s America. It was a time when gardens were manicured, houses had pristine pools, and picket white fences, suburbia America was architected by the most efficient architects of the time. 

In Welcome to… players work to build the best neighborhood in town. You can build a house by writing its number, creating the best housing estates. You can add pools, hire employees and build parks. There’s a variety of strategies you can try while navigating the completely randomized action sets. You’ll find no game is the same. 

Welcome to …is a roll & write game without the dice and there are communal actions so you can play with large groups of friends or even in a classroom setting!

Welcome to...
  • 1 to 100 players
  • 25 minutes average playtime
  • Number of players: 1-100

#2. That’s Pretty Clever! (Ganz Schön Clever)

Players: 1-4 
Playing time: 30mins

That’s Pretty Clever! Is a roll & write game where you’ll need to choose your dice carefully to match them into areas. 

During the game, players choose their dice to mark them off in the matching colored area. Things get tricky when chains need to be put together to rack up points. 

The dice you don’t use are just as important as those you do as other players have the chance to use them. It keeps everyone engaged throughout the game. 

That's Pretty Clever
  • Designed by award-winning designer Wolfgang Warsch
  • Contents: 1 scoring pad, 6 dice, 4 felt tip pens
  • Nominated for 2018 KennerSpiel des Jahres!

#3. Railroad Ink

Players: 1-6
Playing time: 20-30mins 

New lands have opened up, bringing new opportunities and you’re working to be the first to monopolize the roads and railways.

Railroad Ink follows similar gameplay as Ticket to Ride. Players build up networks with the aim of connecting routes. With each round, a set of dice is rolled to determine which railways and roads are available to all players.

Using erasable boards you’ll try to optimize available symbols to build more exits than your fellow players. 

Railroad Ink: Deep Blue Edition
  • for 1-6 players. 30-45 minute playing time. ages 8+
  • the two editions can be combined, allowing up to 12-player games!
  • Number of players: 1 to 6

#4. Cartographers

Players: 1-100
Playing time: 30-45mins

Cartographers is a popular classic roll & write board game full of strategy and fantasy

A role-playing game where players competitively draw maps of fantasy lands, Cartographers starts off with Queen Gimnax who ordered the reclamation of the North. A loyal follower, you are in charge of the map of this territory working to reclaim it from the Kingdom of Nalos. 

By meeting her demands and reclaiming the more favored territory you’ll build up your reputation but you must draw your lines carefully to outsmart The Dragul. With each season, players draw on their own map sheets and record their scores based on how you conquer lands through unique conditions. 

Will you be declared the winner?

Cartographers
  • 30-45 minute competitive fantasy map-drawing game for 1-100...
  • In Cartographers: A Roll Player Tale, players compete to get the...
  • Each season, players draw on their map sheet and score against...

#5. The Castles of Burgundy: The Dice Game

Castles of Burgundy Board Game Versions - Dice Game and Card Game

Players: 1-5
Playing time: 15- 30mins

It’s the 15th century in the Loire Valley and influential sovereigns seek to grow their estates. With the strategic use of different dice, the classic game is changed into a challenging dice game format. 

Combining strategy with the die roll results, options are endless to lead you to victory. Raising cattle, trading commodities, supporting the church, and building mighty cities are all different pathways that can lead you to prosperity. 

If you’re a fan of the original, this will be a great addition to your game board shelf as it’s got a similar theme with easy-to-understand instructions and a high replayability value. 

The Castles of Burgundy: The Dice Game
  • What you get - Castles of Burgundy Dice Game comes with 1 pads...
  • Fun play experience - you can play a game in 15 minutes, and it's...
  • Easy to understand instructions - high quality, easy to...

#6. Fleet: The Dice Game

Players: 1-4
Playing time: 30-45mins

Fleet: The Dice Game is an exciting strategic game using roll & write mechanisms to expand your flight. 

Set in the beautiful backdrop of Ridback Bay, this nautical game takes place over 10 rounds where players try to gain fishing licenses to expand their fleets. Using a lot of reliance on the dice, choices are boundless!

With a strong theme, players are challenged and the game takes a while to master, making it a great option for advanced players looking for a challenging roll & write game.  

Fleet: The Dice Game
  • Fleet: The Dice Game is an exciting new strategic roll and write...
  • Fleet: The Dice Game is heavier than many roll and write games...
  • Fleet: The Dice Game is for 1-4 players.

#7. Roll Through the Ages

Players: 1-4
Playing time: 35-40mins

In an ancient Mediterranean empire, players roll to build up civilizations. A simpler adaptation of the original, Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization, there are several versions of Roll Through the Ages.

By rolling dice, players try to gain commodities and workers to build up different facets of their civilization. Building infrastructure is important and monuments will gain you extra points. But, you’ll need to be great at multitasking to gather all the commodities you need to develop.

Once you complete all five monuments the game is complete and the player with the most points is the winner. 

#8. Corinth

Players: 24
Playing time: 20-30mins

Set in the 4th century, traders come from all areas of the Mediterranean Sea to sell their commodities. From olives and grapes to carpets and spices, there are only a few weeks of trade to secure a place in Corinthian lore. 

With a handful of dice, players choose dice that match the same value of their goods to deliver them to the best shops. Using notepads, trade is recorded and one player is named the best trader. 

Corinth is super easy to learn making it a great introduction to roll & write games for kids.

Corinth
  • Easy to learn in three minutes, Corinth comes in a portable and...
  • This game will challenge players to make tactical choices.
  • They must obtain the best offer for their goods while also making...

#9. Harvest Dice

Players: 24
Playing time: 15-30mins

Harvest Dice is a fun game of dice drafting and veggie doodling!

With each round players take turns rolling and selecting dice so they can plant veggies to grow their gardens and feed the pigs. But, you’ll need to keep an eye on the veggie market to know when the best time is to harvest your veggies. 

A game of dice drafting, players take turns rolling and selecting dice to plant the veggies they want. Careful strategy is needed to make sure your crops don’t go to waste and your pig wins the Prize Piggy award. 

Harvest Dice
  • A quick, easy to learn game perfect for a family game night.
  • Plant different vegetables in your garden, or feed them to your...
  • Compete to see who has the most desirable veggies when it comes...

#10. Qwinto 

Players: 26
Playing time: 15mins

Qwinto is all about thinking on your feet as you try to outsmart your fellow players.

Qwinto is a fast-paced game where one person rolls and everyone takes turns. You’ll need to think fast while players fill their colored rows as quickly and cleverly as they can.If you gain the most bonus points you’ll win the game!

Using a score sheet, players work to write down as many numbers in the three different colored rows. With extra bonus points the game can change at any minute, keeping it exciting. 

Qwinto
  • Second step follow-up to the massive hit family game, Qwixx.
  • Lightning fast gameplay with fun strategy that will keep everyone...
  • Game play is easy to teach, but rich with finger-biting strategy.

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Wrap-Up

We hope you enjoyed our list of the best roll & write board games! This type of game is great because it allows for a ton of people to play and get involved, with new outcomes each and every time. Which roll & write game is your favorite? Let us know in the comment below! We’d love to hear from you.

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