Live on Kickstarter Aug 13th to Sept 12th.
Modes of Play
Cube of Death is the RPG card game that uses geek trivia to resolve actions. The game can be played three different ways.
This is the most basic style of play. Each player gets a predetermined number of cards. On their turn, they will ask any other player a question from one of their cards. If the opponent gets the answer correct, the player must give them the card which goes into their point pile. If the opponent gets it wrong, the player puts the card in their point pile. Each card has a point value associated with it. When all of the cards have been used, the players count their tricks. the player with the most points wins. This version only uses the Question cards.
This style is played with two teams generally of two or three players each and a Game Master. Every round the Game Master draws a card and asks one of the teams the question on the card. If they get it right they get to roll 1d6 damage to the opposing team. If they get it wrong, they take damage. Each team has 25 hit points. The first to run out of points loses the match and is eliminated. This version uses Question and Heroes cards.
This is the most complex version of the game. Each player will choose a character from the Hero cards. The Game Master will run the heroes on a quest using the Adventure cards. The heroes will go head-to-head using the Question cards to resolve encounters, traps, and hazards they encounter from the Adventure cards. They can even earn magic items as rewards. As with Arena, answering incorrectly does 1d6 damage to the hero. Answering correctly gets the hero past the room. The last player standing wins the game. This version makes use of Question, Hero, and Treasure cards.
Each player will choose a Hero to play. There are 10 heroes to choose from: Assassin, Bard, Berserker, Cleric, Druid, Monk, Ranger, Rogue, and Warrior. Each hero has two special abilities they may use once per game. Some abilities do extra damage, avoid damage, avoid traps, allow help with answers, and so on.
The questions are all over the map but they are all geek related. There are questions from every walk of geek culture. Topics include: Speed Racer, Voltron, Blade Runner, Star Wars, Star Trek, Conan, Tron, Physics, Chemistry, Pac Man, Norse Mythology, Robin Hood, X-Men, Superman, The Matrix, Harry Potter, Astronomy, Monopoly, Dark Wing Duck, Monty Python’s Holy Grail, Lord of the Rings, The Princess Bride, Krull, Elric, Wheel of Time, Indiana Jones, The Phantom, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, King Arthur, Beowulf, Spaceballs, Doctor Who, Back to the Future… and the list goes on, and on…
These are the easiest questions and have four categories to choose from.
The next step up in difficulty, these cards are harder and only have three categories to choose from.
These are two part questions and in Blitz mode both parts must be answered correctly to win the card. In the two other modes of play it’s more of a duel between two opponents.
Cube of Death is one of the TSR Podcast Network shows. We played it with industry guests and it was a great deal of fun. It's fully edited with sound effects and music. You can listen to Season One here.