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Last year while my family and I were at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair I happened across TDC Games booth. Imagine my delight when I saw a “bacon” game. The Makin’ Bacon Dice Game. I actually spke to the President of the company, Larry Balsamo who is a pretty nice guy. When I talked with him about my love of bacon, he gave me The Makin’ Bacon Dice Game to try out. The kids were just as excited as me! The packaging is very eye-catching. Who can pass up a box that looks like a pack a bacon?
Even the back resembles a pack of bacon. I like that there are “game facts” are where the nutritional facts would be on a food package. The box is not huge and it easily fits into your hand. I opened the box very carefully. Of course I will be adding to my collection of bacon products. Inside of the box are dice, instructions and a reference card. On the back of the instructions are score sheets to use during the game. We made copies so we would always have the instructions. The object of the game is pretty easy. Each player’s goal is to get 6,000 points by rolling the dice. The fastest way to win is to roll the dice so it reads Makin Bacon. I have not been able to do that yet, but I will keep trying!
After the first roll the player must decide which die or dice are to be saved for points. Once you choose which combination to keep, you roll again.
With each re-roll you are adding to your dice total. Each player is trying to reach a minimum score of 400. If you don’t improve your score during the roll you have “Pigged Out” and earn no points for that round.
After you reach 400 points you can keep rolling to try to get closer to the winning score of 6,000 or just quit that round and just add your points to the score card.
This is a fast-moving game that uses a little strategy. Do you want to play it safe and bank points or risk it all to try to win fast? My husband like to play it safe while the kids like to play on the more unpredictable side. I like to risk it all.
It took a game or two before we got the hang of the game. We had a lot of fun and have played Makin Bacon more than a few times. It does not require a lot of set up and we can always start the game quickly. The Game of Makin Bacon is very family friendly and is on my must have list for bacon lovers!
You can grab The Game of Making Bacon at TDC Games for $9.95