What a cool physical version of the minigame
Have you ever been so engrossed in a minigame or side activity that it starts to overshadow the main game? It can be hard to walk away! The most recent example I can point to is cult of the lamb and his nimble dice game, Knucklebones.
This game is compelling enough that players will stick with it long after they’ve beaten all the competitors and no longer need to make extra money from betting. Like the fishing minigame, Knucklebones is meant to flesh out the world of cult of the lamb and will help you pass the time when you need a break from dungeon raiding or cult formation.
It’s a lot of fun, the kind that sticks with you longer than it should, and the fans want more.
As you can see from this in-game comparison screenshot, they nailed it.
According to BenY-S, they used a Cricut Maker “with a combination of cream cardstock, balsa wood, vinyl, and red/black foam sheets.” The slots on the side of the board are for recording wins, and the numbers on the instruction sheet show the value of the single, double, and triple dice.
To keep everything tidy, they even created a cute little box of Knucklebones.
if you haven’t tried cult of the lamb yet and you’re intrigued, here’s a probably too brief breakdown of Knucklebones. Players take turns rolling and placing the dice in one of their three columns, with the goal of having the highest point total when there are no moves left to make. Matching dice in a column with a pair or a triple will multiply their value, but a player can also wipe out the opponent’s dice by matching them in their own column.
As such, there is luck involved, but you can hedge your bets wisely.
As others have suggested, it would be awesome to see the game developers (or a partner) come up with an official physical or mobile version of Knucklebones. I would play it.