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Designer: David Miles
Artists: N/A
Publisher: Self Published
Year Published: 2018
No. of Players: 1-6
Ages: 6+
Playing Time: 3 minutes

Find more info on BoardGameGeek.com


Rules and Setup:
You will place the board, dice, and frame out on the table. You will determine the difficulty by adding  addition, minus, multiplication, and/or division tiles in the bag. Write the names of each player on the score pad.  The first player will roll the dice and find that number on the board.  They will place the frame so the middle of the frame is on that number. They will draw a random tile from the bag and place it on the symbol on the frame that matches that tile or on the question mark. They will then answer that equation and score that many points.  The points will be added up on the score pad and include a running total and the tile will be returned to the bag. The first person who gets to a specified number (for example 500) wins the game.

Theme and Mechanics:
There really is no theme in this game besides learning math by playing this game. The only thing you do is simple math equations.  The mechanics used consists of rolling dice, randomly drawing tiles, and performing mental math.

Artwork and Components:
The game doesn't consist of much art and maybe some art would help make the game look better than the laser engraved wood.  I'm not exactly sure if there will be any art or component changes as this is a prototype copy of the game. I love that the components are all wood, and they have a nice feel of durability to them. The wood used is a light wood, but still strong enough that it would take something very heavy or strong to break the board.

The Good:
The game does exactly what it was meant to do, teach math. I personally love math and think its a great idea, especially for the littles ones who are learning how to do these equations. Practicing simples equations really will cause you to learn them, and putting the practice inside a game makes it fun.  This game is perfect for homeschoolers, teachers should have these in the classrooms, and parents should want to be involved with their kids and help them learn and practice math in the fun way.

The Bad:
The game is very basic, and seems that it would be best for only a certain age group who are learning how to do simple math. I recommended that they add in variants where you keep your tile and can use it to add on to future equations and follow the order of operations. This would cause the age range for this game to increase.

Final Thoughts:
I will be playing this with my kids when they are at the age to learn how to do math. When they can play this game and do these equations then it will help prepare them to play other games with the family that include doing math to help with strategy.

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About the Author:
Brody Sheard played board games with his large family growing up. He continues his love of games by teaching his family, local gaming guild, and friends about new and exciting games. Brody believes that board gaming keeps your mind healthy while also having fun interacting with others.
Sumtastic Preview Sumtastic Preview Reviewed by Brody on May 29, 2018 Rating: 5

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