Speeding up the dice

After getting my first tournament under my belt for the last two years, I’m excited to be getting back into Kings of War again. The clean rules allow for quick play, so our 2250pt games (which is similar in size to a 2,999 point army in WHFB 8th edition) were able to be played in two hours. Aside from the movement phase, which is usually the phase where I spend most time thinking, I found that I was spending a lot of time counting dice.

So, here’s what I’m going to do for my units going forward. I’ll start with a set up of dice that looks something like this (the colors are entirely arbitrary):

Color Number
Red 1
Green 2
Purple 3
Yellow 4
Blue 5
Black 10
White 15

Every unit will have a pattern of colored spots painted on the edge of the movement tray that corresponds to the number of attacks that the unit has. So for example, my Palace Guard Regiment has 12 attacks, so the pattern would be . That way I can very quickly grab exactly the right number of dice without having to count them individually.

This puts the onus on me to make sure that I have the right number of dice, but if I’m only bringing that number of dice to the table, then the worst case scenario is that I’m rolling less dice (and not more) by accident. I suspect it will save me 5-10 minutes per game.

But wait! I hear you say in my head … what about things like Brock Riders with 26 attacks! And I’m flank attacking! Well, pretty much every game I play has flank attacks at some point, but inevitably I end up counting out exactly the same number of dice as a regular attack and rolling them twice. As for Brocks, the pattern would be White, Black, Red (gasp! 3 dots!). I don’t know if there’s a unit that has more than 30 attacks in the game, but if there is you could adjust the number of dice in the color table to suit your army and your dice collection.

Let me know in the comments below if you try this technique, and what you think of it!