The best roll & write games 🎲🖋 2021

Roll&Write games are (usually) small and handy dice games 🎲🖋. The player rolls the dice and marks the results on sheets of paper or erasable boards. Another common factor is that marking decisions made in previous turns constrain a player's marking decisions in future turns.

Roll & Write games in a nutshell

  • The forefather of roll-and-write games is Yahtzee). In Germany named "Kniffel" appeared in 1972, but in the USA under the name "Yahtzee" already in 1956. Since then many different kinds of games with many creative ideas have appeared.
  • In contrast to Kniffel (Once on your turn, you may roll the dice 3 times to make special combinations of dice. The goal is to achieve the highest possible score at the end. Risky decisions are provoked to win the game), modern incarnations of roll-&-write games may involve more direct player interaction. Sometimes in the form of dice selection, but sometimes by being the first to trigger a particular event or by locking out other players.
  • Often not only one player's dice result is active, but all players can use it to take an action. The waiting time is therefore much shorter than with Kniffel - especially with several people.
  • The games in the Kniffel family and their generic version "Yacht" are subgroups of the Roll-and-Write family. So these games also belong in this overview.
  • Roll & Write often contain an extra solo variant.
  • Sometimes cards are used instead of dice - then the games are called "Flip-and-Write". Since the principles are so similar, we have included the flip-and-write games in this list as well.

The best Flip-/Roll-&-Write games 🎲🖋

But now to our overview with the best Flip- and Roll-&-Write games 2021

This list was last updated on September 1, 2021. We compared 167 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Cartographers

    All details for the board game Cartographers and similar games

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2020

    More details for Cartographers
    • Players1 - 100 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    👍 Good price!15€ atAmazon.de
  2. That's Pretty Clever!

    All details for the board game That's Pretty Clever! and similar games

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 1.

    Nominated for Kennerspiel des Jahres 2018

    🔥 Deal: 19% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for That's Pretty Clever!
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!6€ atAmazon.de
  3. Railroad Ink: Deep Blue Edition

    All details for the board game Railroad Ink: Deep Blue Edition and similar games

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Railroad Ink: Deep Blue Edition
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  4. Qwixx

    All details for the board game Qwixx and similar games

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 3.

    Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2013

    Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2013

    More details for Qwixx
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  5. Encore!

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    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Encore!

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Encore!" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  6. Railroad Ink: Blazing Red Edition

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    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  7. Qwixx: Connected

    All details for the board game Qwixx: Connected and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  8. Qwinto

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    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  9. Railroad Ink Challenge: Shining Yellow Edition

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    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  10. Qwixx On Board

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    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  11. Dizzle

    All details for the board game Dizzle and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  12. Qwixx: Big Points

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    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  13. Calavera

    All details for the board game Calavera and similar games
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Calavera

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Calavera" von "Shut Up & Sit Down"
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  14. Harvest Dice

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    Nominated for 1 award and won 1.

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    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  15. Qwixx Mixx

    All details for the board game Qwixx Mixx and similar games
    • Players2 - 5 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  16. Twice as Clever!

    All details for the board game Twice as Clever! and similar games

    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
    🔥 Great price!7€ atAmazon.de
  17. Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age

    All details for the board game Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  18. 5er Finden

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    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Age7+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  19. Roll Through the Ages: The Late Bronze Age

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    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime30 - 45 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  20. Knapp Daneben!

    All details for the board game Knapp Daneben! and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Knapp Daneben!

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Knapp Daneben!" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  21. Twenty One

    All details for the board game Twenty One and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Twenty One

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Twenty One" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  22. Honey Moon

    All details for the board game Honey Moon and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime5 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  23. Thread Count

    All details for the board game Thread Count and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime5 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Thread Count

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Thread Count" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  24. Dungeon Academy

    All details for the board game Dungeon Academy and similar games
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
  25. Würfelland

    All details for the board game Würfelland and similar games
    🔥 Deal: 16% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!
    More details for Würfelland
    • Players2 - 4 Players
    • Playtime20 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!11€ atAmazon.de
  26. Volle Weide

    All details for the board game Volle Weide and similar games
    • Players2 - 6 Players
    • Playtime5 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy
    🔥 Great price!3€ atAmazon.de
  27. Criss Cross

    All details for the board game Criss Cross and similar games
    • Players1 - 6 Players
    • Playtime10 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

    Video reviews for Criss Cross

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "Criss Cross" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  28. Railroad Ink Challenge: Lush Green Edition

    All details for the board game Railroad Ink Challenge: Lush Green Edition and similar games
    • Players1 - 4 Players
    • Playtime15 - 30 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy
  29. The Castles of Burgundy: The Dice Game

    All details for the board game The Castles of Burgundy: The Dice Game and similar games
    • Players1 - 5 Players
    • Playtime15 - 30 Minutes
    • Age10+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: easy

    Video reviews for The Castles of Burgundy: The Dice Game

    • YouTube Review vom Spiel "The Castles of Burgundy: The Dice Game" von "BoardGameGeek"
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  30. Knaster

    All details for the board game Knaster and similar games
    • Players1 - 99 Players
    • Playtime15 Minutes
    • Age8+ years old
    • ComplexityComplexity: very easy

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