Silk Dice Game Overview

Silk Dice Game Overview

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Well, it’s official. Last week we got word that our school district is going with a hybrid learning model. The girls will attend classes at the school two times per week and online from home on the opposite days. Fridays will alternate with on site and at home. As with every parent, student and school official throughout the country, we hope for the best possible education while remaining healthy. It will be interesting to see how things work out. I’ve heard a lot of people talk about homeschooling as an alternative or in addition to what the districts are doing. I want to scream from the rooftops, “If you’re going to homeschool then please incorporate games!”

Case in point, Silk from Devir Games. It’s a dice game about silk farms in the Akaishi Mountains, tended by shepherds who use mastiffs to defend their farms from the ookami. When I read the intro, it immediately sent me down a rabbit hole to learn more about silkworms, the Akaishi Mountains and even the ookami. What I discovered is that ookami is another term for a Hokkaido wolf or Japanese wolf (AKA the Honshu wolf). Games provide not only entertainment and engagement with other people, but the opportunity to learn as well. Fun – while learning – is the best education.

Protect your silkworms from predators while directing danger toward your competitors in Silk, a dice game from Devir Games. - SahmReviews.com

So let’s learn about the game! Setup Silk by providing each player with 15 silkworms, a shepherd, a mastiff and 4 silkworm nurseries in their chosen color. Shuffled the tiles and place them face down on the table in a grid according to the number of players. Create a reserve of wall pieces then place the Silk Points scoreboard, dice, action board and improvement markers near the game area. Add the ookami meeple to the tile marked with her den. Players will take turns adding their nursery, 7 silkworms, 1 shepherd and mastiff to the play area. 

Protect your silkworms from predators while directing danger toward your competitors in Silk, a dice game from Devir Games. - SahmReviews.com

There are a couple of housekeeping tips to keep in mind. A maximum of three silkworm can occupy one tile, but they can be a mix from different players. Nurseries are placed on intersections between tiles with at least one silkworm of the same color and at least a two tile distance away from any other nurseries. Shepherds and mastiffs must be placed on tiles adjacent to at least one silkworm of their color and may not have anything else sharing the tile with them. In addition, ookami tiles cannot contain any other pieces either. Whenever you move throughout the game, it is done orthogonally (never diagonally.) Walls block the movement of everyone except the shepherd. Movement is one space only, but all pieces except the silkworms can wrap around the board. 

On your turn, if you have any silkworm in your reserve and there is space available, you must place one silkworm onto the game area. Then, you’ll roll two dice and take the related actions. You are required to take both actions (one per die) and if you choose not to (or are unable to) then you must spend silk points to convert the value of the dice to another action. 

Protect your silkworms from predators while directing danger toward your competitors in Silk, a dice game from Devir Games. - SahmReviews.com

The action board also includes a space that represents the ookami den. Ookami feed on silkworms so she is constantly on the hunt throughout the fields. It’s the job of the shepherds and mastiffs to steer the ookami away. There are six potential actions to take to accomplish these tasks. A single pip die allows you to raise a silkworm. You take one silkworm from your reserve and place it on any tile that is next to one of your nurseries or on a tile that already has one of your worms. Don’t forget that only three in total are allowed on a tile so if there isn’t room then you can’t place there. If you’ve run out of silkworms in your reserve then you can rescue one from the den instead! 

Protect your silkworms from predators while directing danger toward your competitors in Silk, a dice game from Devir Games. - SahmReviews.com

Two pips are required to move the shepherd or mastiff. As I mentioned before, both these pieces cannot share space with any other pieces. As a result, they can bump others! But it isn’t that simple. Shepherds bump mastiffs and silkworms but not other shepherds or ookami. Mastiffs can bump ookami and silkworms but not other mastiffs or shepherds. When you bump another piece, you get to decide where they go. You can use this as an opportunity to put your opponents’ silkworms in harms’ way or push the ookami further away from yours. 

Protect your silkworms from predators while directing danger toward your competitors in Silk, a dice game from Devir Games. - SahmReviews.com

You can earn points by completing wall segments and enclosures which is done using a die result of three. Construct nurseries with the four. This allows you more places to raise silkworms while also helping meet requirements for completing wall sections. Once you have built all your nurseries, you can regenerate barren tiles that have been degraded from grazing silkworms. You’ll graze using the five action space. The different terrain tiles have higher values based on how fertile they are. When you take the graze action, you earn points based on the number of silkworms and the value of the land. After doing this, you bump all the silkworms to other spaces and flip the tile to the less fertile side. 

Protect your silkworms from predators while directing danger toward your competitors in Silk, a dice game from Devir Games. - SahmReviews.com

The final action (a six die) involves moving the ookami. Any time it shares the space with a silkworm, those silkworms are moved to the den. Ookami cannot share tiles with mastiffs, but other than that they will bump other pieces. Players continue taking actions until one player has the designated number of points based on the player count, one person has constructed the last wall or all the pieces have become barren following a grazing action. 

Protect your silkworms from predators while directing danger toward your competitors in Silk, a dice game from Devir Games. - SahmReviews.com

Shepherds are also trying to improve their stature and can do so by completing the listed objectives. The first shepherd to meet these goals earns the silk points immediately. Improvements include building walls, creating enclosures, constructing nurseries and emptying their silkworm reserve. At the end of the game, players earn additional points for enclosures, a final grazing phase takes place and points are deducted for silkworms in the den. The player with the most silk points is the winner.

While the game itself doesn’t actively convey information about silkworms and the trade, the basis of the game is an excellent platform for education. Whether you are planning to homeschool or are looking for a dice game to play on game night, add Silk to the list. Check the Devir Games website for stores near you that carry Silk, or pick up a copy on Amazon. Swing by their social channels (Facebook and Twitter) for news about the latest game releases!

Do you own anything made of silk?

Nicole

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25 comments on «Silk Dice Game Overview»

  1. Jessica Peeling says:

    I love all of the different concepts it looks like this game has — I see bits and pieces of a lot of games in it that I love! I don’t own anything silk

  2. Judy Swann says:

    This game seems a little cumbersome for k-3rd graders, but I think after these grade levels the game could be interesting with background knowledge or visuals. In the review, I did not see your rating recommendation for the game, but you made it sound intriguing enough. I may go looking for this one this holiday season. Thanks for the review. Happy holidays 2021!

  3. Sue E says:

    I like the look and colors of the game pieces. I have so scarf made of silk. I did have a blouse made of silk. Unfortunately. I am a size bigger than I was when I bought it 🙁

  4. Levi Byers says:

    I’ve never heard of this game, but it looks super neat!

  5. Darren Green says:

    I love the feel of silk but I don’t own anything made of silk.

  6. william gossage says:

    This game sounds like it be a lot of fun to play

  7. Frankie Pinnix says:

    I agree with you-fun while learning is the BEST scenario for our children. Having said that-I’m not a child, but I’d like to play this game! I like learning with my kids!

  8. Tony Platz says:

    This game looks cool I never heard of it before now though .

  9. Penny Branson LeBaron says:

    Yes I own silk pajamas and silk sheets among other things

  10. Joaquim Semeano says:

    No, nothing, but the game seems great!

  11. Michael Shea says:

    I got a shirt when I was in Thailand.

  12. Seth Hale says:

    I don’t think I own anything made of silk and this game looks pretty but not positive it would be for me.

  13. Jordan Binkerd says:

    I don’t, but I think my wife does…..

  14. a says:

    looks interesting

  15. a says:

    I have a silk blouse

  16. Theodoros G. says:

    nothing made of silk.

  17. Lai says:

    We have some homemade traditional clothing

  18. David B says:

    It would be neat if this game came with a silk playmat. It could have spaces for the tiles,and between tile spacing, plus unfertile land patters so tiles get removed instead of flipped. Yeah, I’d play it.

  19. Audrey says:

    Silk is unfortunately kind of expensive and not as worth it for me

  20. Jason T says:

    It looks like it could be a cool game to try with the wife

  21. drank says:

    I like smaller, portable games that pack a punch. This might fit into that category for me.

  22. Lauryn R says:

    No, I do not own anything that is made of silk! This looks like a really fun game.

  23. James says:

    Not really. But this game looks like fun!

  24. Rajee Pandi says:

    I think it takes more time to practice this skill game so interesting to know

  25. Pete+Donegan says:

    I don’t think so. though I’m so unfashionable that it’s entirely possible some of my clothes are and I wouldn’t know

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