Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice (2013) - Backspindle Games Ltd.

Although I no longer watch, I grew up a huge wrestling fan. The 90's were amazing for wrestling. I used to get VHS tapes from Mexico and Japan of my favorite international stars (pull up a chair and let grandpa tell you about the days before the Internet!). I recently rediscovered LUCHADOR! and sat down with Ty to have a battle TO THE DEATH!...TO THE FINISH (no one actually died in playing this game).

The fast-rolling, hard-hitting, body-slamming, neck-crunching, chair-smashing, table-slapping dice game for 2 or 4 players...

Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice is a two-player dice game (with optional rules for four-player tag-team play) based on the popular world of professional Mexican wrestling, or "Lucha Libre" (a.k.a. free fighting). Players start with 21 points of health (or 18 in a tag-team match) and roll custom dice to try to either reduce the opponent's strength points to zero to win by a knock-out (KO) or hold the opponent down on the mat for a "count of three" to win by a pin.
The player sitting near the 'red' corner of the wrestling ring uses 4 'red' wrestling dice, the player near the 'blue' corner, the 4 blue wrestling dice.

Each player also has a HIT die and a PIN die.
Players begin by each rolling their own set of 'wrestling dice' at the same time, trying to ensure that they land in, or touching the wrestling ring. The results of HITs, BLOCKs, COUNTERs, and MISS rolled are played off against each other then the HIT dice can be rolled to see what damage they did. i.e Drop Kick, Forearm smash, Table slam etc. Damage is recorded on the Strength Score Card of the player being hit. If a player rolls two HITs in one round, instead of rolling the HIT dice twice, they can take a chance on the Luchador! die once which may result in their wrestler's trademark moves and inflict much more damage on their opponent.

Any PINs rolled in a round may be re-rolled, once only. However once an opponent is reduced on their strength to where they are pinable, the PIN die is held until after the HITs have been inflicted then the PIN die is rolled. If PIN comes up, the 'three count' begins. The player being pinned has three attempts to save, using their wrestling dice or lose the match. In a tag-team match players have the choice of trying to tag-out to regain slight strength, but it can also cost them..., if they fail to tag and get dragged back into the ring by their eager opponent.

*We Played the 1st version of the game.

Tyler starts to pick his wrestler and says, "These guys look so weird."  Tonight's Matchup:

The bell rings to start the action. Bam Bam (Ty) gets to roll the Lucha die first turn, and nails Muerta (Me) with THE HOT FOOT special move, dropping my health by 5. He rolled aggressively, and knocked 3 of my dice out of the ring! Muerta comes back with THE TWISTER! We both have 12 points left...

DOUBLE PIN 1.....2.....NO!

Bam Bam gets 3 pin attempts! NO NO NO!

Bam Bam hits Muerta with a chair but he ducks under for the rollup pin... Kickout at 1 by Bam Bam.

UT OH! Muerta sets him up... LIGHTNING SPIKE!! (I have 7 health left, Ty has 6)

Back and forth....Bam Bam gets the lucha die.....NOTHING!

Bam Bam chokes Muerta.  Chair smash to Muerta...Muerta in trouble (Ty 5 - Me 3)

Bam Bam with the PIN!! 1.......2......Thr.....NO, KICKOUT on the last roll!!

Chair Smash to BAM BAM...... (Tied at 3)




 "I love the characters. They're over the top, like wrestling should be."

"I like the description of the special moves. It add a little bit extra for each character."


I had asked Backspindle Games Ltd.if there was a way i could purchase the 2nd edition cards for my game. Today in the mail they sent me a complete set of 2nd edition cards for free. Just amazing customer service.

 "It was really fun and down to the wire. We both had chances to win. the tension was high. I can't ask for more than that."

 "It's fun to knock dad's dice out of the ring. It's a great mechanic and an extra strategy that other dice games I have played don't have."
You can get the ultra second edition here:

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