Runika and the Six-sided Spellbooks

Runika Jones is a four-foot-five professional thief and amateur runecaster. But one thing she isn’t, is stupid.

So when Runika picks the pockets of the Archmaster Luniorn the Green, headmaster of his own runecasting academy for rejected wizard apprentices, she figures she’s done for. But instead, Luniorn offers her a deal: come study at his academy, learn how to properly cast runes, impress him, and graduate. That, or be turned over to the mercies of the Baron’s keep guards.

It isn’t much of a choice really.

In Runika and the Six-sided Spellbooks, 1 to 4 players take on the roles of students at Luniorn’s academy. Draft customised dice, roll them, and place them in specific runic patterns to cast spells and impress your professors.

If you like dice games that tend towards skill over luck, or if you love the plucky heroes and heroines of Y.A. fiction, and stories of magical apprentices, then you will like Runika. The game is all about making use of the resources in front of you to solve a puzzle.

Contents:

Each copy of Runika and the Six-sided Spellbooks comes with:

  • 80 dice (20 in 4 different elements)
  • 4 professor cards (plus 1 expansion card)
  • 4 player boards with rotating elemental disks
  • 4 summary cards
  • 40 mini cards (rune and merit cards)
  • 52 tokens
  • 1 wooden “first player” token
  • 1 screen-printed dice bag
  • 1 rulebook
  • 1 “guide to your first game” tutorial comic

How to Play:

The game takes place over a number of rounds. Each round, dice are drawn from the bag and then drafted by all players. Once everyone has collected their dice, they take turns placing those dice down on their boards, into a 4×4 spell grid.

Dice are pushed on from the side of the board matching their elemental disk, which can be rotated during the game. When dice are pushed on, they might push other dice around on the grid, making correct placement more about setting up for next turn, rather than finishing this one.

Put dice into a pattern dictated by the cards in front of you to create a rune. Score runes to earn points and magic abilities. Earn the most points to win the game.

Simple, huh? You can check out a more detailed rules overview here.

About the game:

Runika and the Six-sided Spellbooks, as well as its optional fifth player expansion, are now available for purchase here. You can also ask your local games store if they stock it.

You can also visit Runika and the Six-sided Spellbooks on BoardGameGeek.