Back to the Future: Dice Through Time Dice Game Overview

Back to the Future: Dice Through Time Dice Game Overview

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I’m starting to realize that it doesn’t take much for me to realize I’m old. It sometimes happens when realizing I don’t understand what my kids are saying or have to look up some acronym they texted me. Those things don’t happen nearly as often as seeing my past regurgitated in new form. You know, like fashion trends or a reboot of a TV show like Saved By The Bell. But the biggest trigger is when something I enjoyed as a teen is suddenly celebrating a major milestone. We Are The World, The Golden Girls and Back to the Future all marked their 35th anniversaries in 2020 and Jaws hit 45. Perhaps that was the inspiration behind the Jaws board game and Back to the Future: Dice Through Time from Ravensburger.

Biff is at it again! Work together to see if you can fix the space-time continuum in Back to the Future: Dice Through Time from Ravensburger. - SahmReviews.com

Sometimes games are designed then the theme is added to it afterwards. It’s clear that the theme of Back to the Future: Dice Through Time was not an afterthought as all the activities and events that take place clearly align themselves with the movies. When you’re ready to play, place the board in the center of the table then place Biff standees on their designated locations. Everyone selects a player color then collects the associated DeLorean pawn, four dice and player mat. Sort item cards by year, shuffle independently then place a number (based on the player count and difficulty level) onto their designated spots. Place the shuffled deck of event cards on the board, leaving room for a discard pile next to it. Create a general supply of paradox tokens as well as face-down Einstein tokens. Set the player DeLorean pawns on the Clock Tower matching their year and OUTATIME marker on the timer track then you’re ready to go… Back to the Future!

Biff is at it again! Work together to see if you can fix the space-time continuum in Back to the Future: Dice Through Time from Ravensburger. - SahmReviews.com

Back to the Future: Dice Through Time is a cooperative dice game where you’ll spend several rounds attempting to fix everything that Biff managed to mess up. You’ll work together to find items and return them to their proper location and time before time runs out and you’re all erased from history. Each round will begin with the first player drawing event cards according to the number of players, reshuffling the discard pile in the event you run out. Reveal the events and place them on their corresponding space, making sure you pay attention to the location as well as the year. If the event card displays a Biff icon, you’ll relocate him to that location. After events have been resolved or placed, everyone rolls their dice.

Biff is at it again! Work together to see if you can fix the space-time continuum in Back to the Future: Dice Through Time from Ravensburger. - SahmReviews.com

While everyone is working together (and rolled simultaneously), the actions are done one at a time beginning with the first player. Each die result has a specific purpose. A Flux Capacitor allows you to shift to another year in the same location whereas an arrow moves you along the path (forward or backward) on the current year. Be careful about this because landing on a space with another DeLorean results in an OUTATIME penalty. If you roll a fist and happen to share a location with Biff, you can smack him into another location (thankfully, there are no manure piles in the game). A lightning bolt can be spent to reroll as many of your unspent dice as you choose whereas a wrench is basically a wild. Doc Brown is responsible for removing paradox tokens from the board so be sure to put him to work when possible!

Biff is at it again! Work together to see if you can fix the space-time continuum in Back to the Future: Dice Through Time from Ravensburger. - SahmReviews.com

In order to complete an event, you’ll need to spend dice that match all the icons on ALL the cards in your current location. In other words, you need to make sure you’ve moved to the proper location first and you cannot partially finish an event. Fixing the space-time continuum is an all-or-nothing process.

Biff is at it again! Work together to see if you can fix the space-time continuum in Back to the Future: Dice Through Time from Ravensburger. - SahmReviews.com

Upon clearing a location, you’ll receive one item card for that year and you’ll store it in on your player mat until you’re able to return it to its proper location on the board. In order to do that, you need to make sure Biff isn’t there, because you can’t fix anything when he’s around. Whenever you successfully return an item, move the OUTATIME marker one space to the left to indicate that you’ve repaired a piece of the space-time continuum then draw an Einstein token, reveal and place it on the board. Any player may use these to finish an event. In addition, players may leave behind unspent dice for another player to utilize!

Biff is at it again! Work together to see if you can fix the space-time continuum in Back to the Future: Dice Through Time from Ravensburger. - SahmReviews.com

After everyone has taken their turn, finish the round by advancing the OUTATIME marker based on the number of damaged locations in the most out-of-sync year. Advance an additional space for each Paradox token on that year. Add Paradox tokens to any event in that year that doesn’t already contain one then pass the First Player marker to the left and begin a new round. You’ll continue until either 1) your run outatime (you lose) or 2) you’ve returned the final misplaced item to it’s proper location and year (you win). 

It’s been cool to hear all the excitement surrounding Back to the Future: Dice Through Time, not just because we know the designers but also because it helps me realize that other people are old too. Find copies of Back to the Future: Dice Through Time on Amazon, Target or locally where you purchase games! We’re probably OUTATIME to get it by Christmas, but you can still pick up a copy to play with friends and family before kids return to school in January! Visit Ravensburger on Twitter and Facebook for other ideas of how you can get lost in time!

What reboot or event anniversary made you feel old?

Nicole

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Founder and owner of SAHMReviews.com, Nicole has been involved in social media marketing since 2007. She has partnered with a number of major corporations who utilized her skills to improve their social media outreach and online presence. Nicole has worked as an ambassador for brands such as Netflix, U.S. Cellular and K'NEX, has been featured in McDonald's videos as well as Maria Bailey's book "Power Moms". Always a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and mother of two beautiful teen daughters, if you can't find Nicole, she is probably somewhere playing board games.

21 comments on «Back to the Future: Dice Through Time Dice Game Overview»

  1. Ken Franklin says:

    Thank you so much – I’m delighted that you enjoy the game. Chris, Kevin and I poured our hearts into it. Have a blessed Christmas!

  2. Jordan Binkerd says:

    Seeing the 3D remaster of Beauty and the Beast

  3. Jo-Anne Pfoh says:

    When the anniversary of trivial pursuit came out .. i am so old

  4. Michael Shea says:

    Kinks celebrate 50th anniversary of ‘Lola’ album

  5. Ed says:

    Empire Strikes Back 40th Anniversary

  6. Bernard Schouster says:

    The 12th anniversary of Wrestlemania 24 made me feel old

  7. Tony Platz says:

    The Star Wars anniversary .

  8. Donna says:

    The Sound of Music 50th Anniversary. I was a kid when it first came out.

  9. Giggles Giggles says:

    A reboot or event anniversary made me feel old would be The Lion King.

  10. Vinc Lacou says:

    Heroquest made me feel old. It also reminded me of how busted some of my favourite games must be. Isn’t there a saying about not looking back on your heroes or something like that? It applies to board games for sure.

  11. James Hamilton says:

    Seeing how many Power Rangers series there are definitely hurts a little bit.

  12. Shirley O says:

    The anniversary of trivial pursuit.

  13. Rachael DeBates says:

    The new Battleship remake!

  14. Clint Cabrera says:

    Pokemon @25 years

  15. maria gentry says:

    The Jumanji reboot!

  16. Aubrey Daniels says:

    This looks like a lot of fun. Makes me feel my age… Slot of the remakes coming out make me feel old.

  17. Aubrey Daniels says:

    This looks like a lot of fun. Makes me feel my age… Alot of the remakes coming out make me feel old.

  18. Kelly Freeman says:

    Friends reunion special

  19. Judy Rittenhouse says:

    Battlestar Galatica, Punky Brewster and Who’s the Boss is supposed to be getting a reboot.

  20. Lauryn R says:

    The reboot of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure makes me feel old.

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