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Rice Dice – A Spirits of the Rice Paddy Dice Game

Ancient Balinese legend describes a host of powerful spirits who help poor rice farmers achieve success. These farmers have long used a sophisticated irrigation system to organize rice cultivation by integrating religious devotion and social responsibility with traditional farming methods. Even modern farmers seek to placate the spirit world in their quest to produce an abundant harvest.


Spirits of the Rice Paddy contains a wealth of components, including:




Easy-to-read rules. Download the rules TBD.



19mm Custom Dice

Players roll the dice before their turn. Players can choose all dice showing one symbol type – laborer (or two laborers), water, weed, card, or wild. Image shows handmade die – final dice will be resin and have enamel-painted faces.


Scoring Board

Tracks turns, shows rice gained when harvesting and display rain for the current season.


Paddy Cards

Each player is dealt a random setup card which tells him where to add rocks to his field, and what assets to begin the game with.



Water is tracked in players’ paddies using water discs. Only a limited number of discs are available each turn.



Weeds clog fields and reduce the rice produced at harvest. Laborers can clear weeds if there is no water in the paddy. Weeds are wooden pieces in the game.


Plant Tokens

These tokens are placed in a paddy when it is planted. A paddy must contain water to be planted.


Rice Dice is a streamlined version of Spirits of the Rice Paddy. Players familiar with that game will feel at home with Rice Dice.

Roll the custom dice and choose one action based on the results – add rice paddy cards to your field, run water through your paddies, assign laborers to plant and harvest, or add weeds to opponents’ fields.

Harvesting gains players rice, which is essential to win but paddies with weeds produce less rice so it’s essential to assign laborers to keep paddies clean. A harvested paddy can once again be flooded using a water action; and the cycle of planting, draining, weeding, and harvesting begins again.

The first player to collect 100 rice (via harvesting, or other special abilities) wins!

Like Spirits of the Rice Paddy, Rice Dice rewards a player’s ability to optimize the process of flooding, planting, weeding, and harvesting. But it plays in just a fraction of the time!



Designer Philip duBarry

In addition to designing the awesome Spirits of the Rice Paddy, Philip duBarry designed Black Orchestra, Skyway Robbery, Revolution!, Courtier, and several other board games and expansions. Philip has been playing and creating games since childhood and has done so on a professional basis for about the last several years.

Players, Ages  & Time

Rice Dice can be played by 2-5 players, ages 10+. It can be played in about 30-45 minutes. Solo rules are also included in the game.

  • 1-5 players

  • ages 10+

  • 30-45 minutes

Rice Dice on Kickstarter

$ 25

Coming in March!Pledge for Rice Dice on Kickstarter and get the exclusive solo play cards and board (not available in stores) at no extra cost!

Also, help bring the Spirits of the Rice Paddy base game back to print by reserving a copy during the Kickstarter.

Rice Dice News

Rice Dice Kickstarter Intro Video

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I will probably still tweak it before the @kickstarter launch on Wednesday, but here’s a crack at the Rice Dice launch video. The intro video is the hardest part of…