As a huge fan of the Bang! card game, I recently purchased and started playing the dice game, so I thought I'd shed some light on the differences. Both games are amazing and a lot of fun, but one or the other might be better-suited for your gaming needs:
The Card Game
- harder to learn. I've had a lot of friends be confused / borderline frustrated learning their first game of Bang
- longer games = more investment, more replayability. Prepare to budget up to an hour for a game.
- more options & slower turns = more strategy. If you like games that you have to think about, the card game is better for this.
- hidden hands / cards = more intrigue, harder to guess people's roles because you can't tell what their options are. If you like the hidden identity aspect, you'll probably prefer the card game.
The Dice Game: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DH8D0HC/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00DH8D0HC&linkCode=as2&tag=todmedblo-20&linkId=2CY5MW6IPBTU7JGQ
- easier to learn, BY FAR. There aren't a hundred different cards to explain, there's just six possible dice rolls.
- shorter games = great for parties, not great for regular gamers. You don't have to ask people to commit to a full hour, dice games generally only take 15 minutes or so. Because of that, don't expect to play this dozens of times with the same friends, it's just not as replayable.
- fewer options & faster turns = easier to keep people's attention. Again, great for parties.
- public dice roles = less intrigue, since people's strategies are pretty obvious. There's also a bigger chance component thanks to the dice rolls, so there's more excitement in the moment (and more shared excitement, since everyone is watching the rolling).
In conclusion, if you're looking for a game to dive into with the same group of thoughtful friends, you're better off with the card game. The dice game is better for parties where people don't want to learn new complicated rules, and families with younger children w/shorter attention spans.
I hope you found this helpful!
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