Roll Again: A Book of Games to Play


edited by Kirsten Irving and Jon Stone

Looking for a different kind of challenge? Roll Again is a collection of rules and instructions – for games to play on your own, with friends or enemies, outside or in. Most are designed to be very short, but one or two may last a week, a month, or a lifetime. There are role-playing games, dice games, creative games and battles, extracts from the likes of H. G. Wells and Charles Cotton as well as new work by contemporary writers.

118pp, ISBN 978-1-909560-28-4

Please note: Due to customs issues, we can no longer ship directly to Europe. European friends, please order from our distributors at Inpress or through your local bookshop.


A vibrant, mischievous pocketful of play, Roll Again is a compendium of old and new games, to be played solo or with others. It’s also an experiment in literary form – it includes texts which are more poem than game. It urges readers to dive into the ambiguous space between imagining and enacting, and in so doing, rethink the meaning of everyday experiences.

The Hipflask Series is an improvised dance of unusual forms and genres, played out across four collaborative, pocket-sized collections. Each book comprises a selection of written works that skirt close to (or cross the border into) poetic composition, revealing the dynamic relationship between poetry and other written forms.

The major theme of each is extrapolated from one or other of these key aspects of modern poetry – play, appropriation, subtext and conflict – but the result is a series that occupies its own strange niche: mutant miscellanies, oddball assortments. Good for a nip or a shot or a long, deep swig.


Linda Black, Jo Brandon, Susan Coolidge, Charles Cotton, Edwin Evans-Thirlwell,Giles Goodland, Kate Greenaway, Cliff Hammett, Captain A. S. Harrison, Charlotte Heather, LCC, Seb Manley, Gerard McKeown, Astra Papachristodoulou, Camille Ralphs, Eileen Ramos, Joe Raudi, Conwenna Ray, Lenni Sanders, Squamate & Rung, James Varney, Rob Walton, H. G. Wells, Mary White, Gen Zendahl

Roll Again: a book of games to play is one of four books in the Headbooks series. For hidden messages, love-hate stories and misquotations, explore the full set.