Hard-to-find Geeklists on dice mechanics
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I went looking for Geeklists on innovative (and any other) dice mechanics, and these are what I found. Most of these are very good.

These are hard to find because there are so many Geeklists with "Dice Tower" in the title. Also, many of these Geeklists do not have "mechanic" in the title.

The inspiration for this list came from the dice-stacking game, SUTAKKU. What an unusual mechanic!

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"Games in which dice are used both as abstract randomizers and as physical objects, often simultaneously. They are thus a strange combination of luck and dexterity skill."
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2. GeekList: Dice Innovators
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"[This is a] list to credit the games that find interesting ways to use dice as a central mechanic.

To make it on the list, the game must:

1 Use dice as a central mechanic
2 Do something new and unique or perfect something seen in a previous game."
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"This is a top 10 list of the best dice games, or best dice mechanics in other games that aren't necessarily dice games. (best game at #1)"
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4. GeekList: Dice mechanics
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"Find a game that use a die, or any number of dice to be the archtype game for a mechanic. Name the mechanic and explain how it works."
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"In these games dice results are determined in some way – usually by rolling them – and then players draft them."
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"[W]hat I am looking to avoid are games where you roll a number of dice, "set" some of them and then roll the rest at number of times to see if you get what you need. So please keep those games (To Court the King and King of Tokyo spring to mind as favorites on "Dice Games" lists that would need to be omitted here.)"
 
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"My son brought home a game after thrifting with my wife the other day. This game uses dice, but you don't ever roll the dice. So I want to see how many games out there use dice,but in a way that does not involve rolling them."
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"I have recently played a few games using the "Yahtzee" mechanic of rolling a handful of dice, and then being allowed a limited number of re-rolls to create a final pool of dice, while locking favourable results at each stage.

I want to know: What other games use this mechanic?"

The author of this Geeklist also has created an interesting Vlog on dice mechanics:

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9. GeekList: DICE-MAZING
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"Production or Print and Play games that uses dice rolling as the primary mechanic for generating a maze."
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10. GeekList: Dice as counter
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"There are some board games where the dice are used as counter (pieces) and not used or not only used to roll. This list collects them. Games where the dice counts things like levels, points, lives, is used in auctions ... are not intended."
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"Traditionally, dice have been used to generate random numbers, or otherwise (in the case of custom dice) provide a way of randomly generating possibilities. However, some games use dice in a different way: they are used to indicate the value of a playing piece or of a board location. The player is expected to pick up the die and, instead of rolling it, to manipulate it so that the new current value is face up on the die. The die is then returned to its former location (or placed in a different location).

In this geeklist, I include some games I can think of which use dice in this fashion."

 
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"I've come to a conclusion that it isn't randomness and dice in games that I don't like... it is rolling dice to determine if I can do what I already decided to do. Mostly these are war games.

However, there are games where the dice roll is done before the decision."
 
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"Kingsburg is probably my favorite game of all time, but I have only recently discovered that there are, in fact, several other "dice placement" games out there.

When I say 'Dice Placement' I mean 'Worker Placement,' but with dice as the workers. (i.e., you roll some dice, then decide where to place them, amongst several options that provides different benefits - usually collecting resources or victory points, or building, but it could be something else)."
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"Dice can be used in lots of ways: rolling, score counters, playing pieces and so on.

There are lots of geeklists about dice: why people like them, how they can be used without being rolled, games with unique dice, pure dice games etc.

This list is about interesting uses for dice.. What does that mean? Well about the least interesting thing you could do with dice is roll-and-move (snakes and ladders). I'm looking for the opposite of this. I'd like to get an idea of other uses like set collection, action point allocation, and the like."
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"I know of several games which involve a player rolling dice and then deciding (within constraints) how the results should be interpreted or used. There is opportunity cost, in that using a die in one way means it is not available to be used in another way. To my mind, these are very clever mechanics, since they efficiently layer an element of tactical decision making on top of the randomization. This is somewhat akin to the way, in many games involving cards, the player is often forced to choose among several different uses for a given card. However, card mechanics generally preserve state from one turn to the next, both because you often have to choose between using a card now or later, and because any given card is not available to play if it has already been discarded, it has not yet been drawn, or it is in the hand of another player. Dice mechanics are stateless, and are therefore less predictable.

In this geeklist, I include the games I know of which use dice allocation mechanics."
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"At last Gencon, game designer James Ernest described game components as ways of tracking information. The board represents information known to all players, cards represent information known to one player, and dice represent information known to none of the players. Since my last Geek List was so well received, I thought I would post a companion list showing all the uses for those demon randomizing cubes. Let the dice-fest begin."
 
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"Dice are the symbol of luck in games. The question is, which games use dice, but have no luck in there. Or maybe luck so nominal (aka in initial set up, or to change base board conditions) that it is considered luckless? Dice for this need not be normal dice."
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"As the title suggests: Games with dice that are NOT used directly for combat or movement.

I've purposely left out any dice games. I want the list to be more about non-dice games that use dice for things other than combat resolution or movement."
 
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Games that use dice to fulfill "recipes" on cards.
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Collectible Dice Games
 
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