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    Roars and Rattles is an "educational dinosaur board game" designed by Meara Danielle McIntosh, R.T. Biol. THe basic is a simple roll and move still game, making it ideal for the age group that is also often obsessed with dinosaurs. As players move around the board, they will try to gain 10 Trilobites by answering trivia, identifying fossils, and raising their own dinosaur. 

    In the real of "Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader", the trivia questions are likely going to be harder for adults than for kids. I will admit that any time I played, I legitimately had a harder time with many of the answers than the kids I played against. The only real downside is that there are only a limited number of questions in the main game. There will be more questions, as time goes on, but at first, the easiest thing is probably don't let THAT kid get ahold of the cards to memorize them all right away. (I learned the hard way). Although even if that happens, the ultimate goal of the game is about education and memorizing trivia is (sort of) educational. 

    Where this game really shines in the components. There is a whole organizational structure behind the scences, in the palaeontology world, over who has the rights to create reproduction fossils. In the current edition of the game, the resin trilobite and museum quality fossils are all hand cast from fossils owned by the creator, The standard fossil pack is called the Drumheller Fossil Pack, consisting of pieces found around the Horseshoe Canyon Formation in the badlands of Alberta, Canada, and there are several additional fossil packs being developed for the future (just like with the trivia cards).

    There's no huge strategy for playing and the rules easily scale down for younger players. In short, Roars and Rattles does exactly what it sets out to do. it entertains and educates players of every age. If you've got dinosaur lovers in your life, this is a game worth investing in, and it's just going to keep getting better. 
Sometimes you come across a Kickstarter that's so ridiculously big that you wonder why it's on Kickstarter at all. At the other end of the spectrum, there are campaigns that are so small they fly under most people's radar. If it wasn't for a bit of good luck, Dino-Digz would probably never have crossed my feed.  

Earlier this year I had the honour of being a judge for the Design and Game Awards, where I first encountered Roars and Rattles: An educational dinosaur board game. it may not have been the shiniest game in th epile, but it had a lot of heart and did what it set out to do. It sparked dino interest in young people. I set my assorted nibblings on it and they allloved it, minus a few demo copy glitches. 

For Dino-Digz she dialbed back the straight trivia, and what is left will have all the answers interspersed throughout the fulebook. So while someone old enough to read is still needed, it's not as intessive as Roars and Rattles. The other fun thing is that many of the cards that a player may draw are all based on her life and career, and the photographs on the board are displays she made in the course of her career. 

The game itself is very simple and runs very much like Monopoly without the toxic levels of capitalism. Roll the dice, move your dino-skull pawn, if you land on a dinosaur you can buy the space or have to pay the owner. You may draw a card for a positive or negative results, or you may draw a section of a skeleton from, and the person who draws the final part of a skeleton gets to claim a dinosaur space without paying for it. WHen all the dinosaur spaces have been claimed the game ends.

The cards for each dinosaur has a picture on one side and facts about theat specific dinosaur on the back. Combined with the trivia info in the rulebook, it makes the educational component of the game feel less "educationa;" and more fun. 

There are two $40 (CAN) pledge levels for Dino-Digz, which basically just splits up the delivery dates. The game is produced largely by hand, so having realistic fulfillment goals is smart. $50 gets a copy of Roars and Rattles. $55 gets Dino-Digz and a set of add-ons for Roars and Rattles (this pledge is obviously designed for existing R&R owners.) $75 gets Roars and Rattles Premium (with all th eadd-ons), and $90 gets a copy of both games.

As I mentioned, these aren't mass produced games from a big company. These are hand made with care. There are a so many places these games can go in the future, but they are still worth the money now. 

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