This week in Tabletop Leadership we played Roll Player. Roll Player is a board game in which you have a character that you must improve their stats and purchase armor, weapons, and traits for them. The player with the most points at the end wins. I had never played or heard of the game before which made it difficult to learn. I watched multiple videos on how to play but I was still nervous going into the session. Luckily, the classmates I was with were easy to play with and we were able to figure it out pretty quickly. The hardest part about the game was actually scoring the game at the end. There were so many things to remember and go back to in order to accurately count your points. I’m willing to bet that we missed a few things when we were tallying our scores, but we had fun anyways.
Roll Player ties to leadership because you can influence the other players during the game. I would define leadership as influencing those around you. I tried to influence my classmates in a way that benefits myself. For example, I would purposely leave certain cards open in the market because I secretly wanted my classmate to take it. Although my influence was to benefit myself, the game requires some leadership qualities in order to be successful.
I would recommend this game to my close friend Alex because he likes games that have multiple strategies to win and you have to think ahead with every move you make. That’s part of the reason why I enjoyed the game more than I thought I would. I enjoy games that have multiple ways to play. I found myself playing along in the beginning and not putting much thought to anything, then quickly figured out ways I could earn more points and one-up my opponents. My session went really well because we all had the same amount of experience with the game and we helped each other figure it out. After struggling to tally the scores, we finally found a winner and it was me! I felt that I racked up enough weapons and armor to help me win but I believe the key was my personality block earned me an extra 3 points which I planned. The only thing I didn’t like about the game was how many pieces that came with it. It seems like a lot of set up and several parts to the game that can turn people away. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the game and how our game session went. I would definitely play it again if I had the chance.