High depth dice games
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A few days ago, Matthew Gray's blog's made an interesting way of analyzing games:

http://matthew.gray.org/2008/05/luck-skill-and-experience-in...

Which made me start thinking about Dice games (Well, mainly because someone in the comments section mentioned To Court the King). Dice games, by definition generally mean high luck. But they don't necessarily mean low Depth.

Here's a list of high depth high luck dice games. Where depth is defined as the difference in skill level affecting the outcome. (Read the blog above for a better explanation). I am only including games where the Dice are the mechanic. Not including things like wargames where dice are prevalent but not the primary mechanic.

For the record, I mostly like these games, and I'd love it if other people let me know of games I may have missed by adding them.
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1. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:266]
Jeff Curtis
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I don't think I would call this a deep game but it is fun and offers several strategic paths to victory.
 
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2. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:270] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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Not sure if you would count this as a war game, but It has so much depth, and is Dice run. Most people blow it off as a kids game from the box cover, but it is the Game I Have Waited My Whole Life For.
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3. Board Game: Yspahan [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:444]
Nathan Morse
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The dice heavily affect the options available to the players.
 
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4. Board Game: Liar's Dice [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:561]
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I think this is actually quite high depth, but the problem is one or two inexperienced players can allow someone who plays "basic strategy" to do extremely well, and then it comes down to seating order. Toward the end game there's quite a bit of luck, while at the beginning there's very little.
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5. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:621]
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The classic.
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6. Board Game: Roma [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:855] [Average Rating:6.80 Unranked]
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I don't particularly like this game and I'm not sure why. But I can't deny the high depth of it.
 
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7. Board Game: Airships [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1623]
Matthew Gray
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I haven't played this yet, but I've heard it described as having some depth. Anyone else care to comment?
 
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8. Board Game: Excape [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:2246]
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Seems really simple with little depth. Seems being the key word.

One of my favorite 'fillers'
 
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9. Board Game: Button Men [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:2992] [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked]
Clark D. Rodeffer
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Be sure to read some of the essays on swing die theory.
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10. Board Game: Chase [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:3553]
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Haven't had the chance to play it yet, but from what I've read seems like a deep game involving dice.
 
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11. Board Game: Clash of the Gladiators [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:4542]
Joe Gola
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Please enjoy these exciting strategy articles:

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12. Board Game: Knockabout [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:6140]
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Greg Lam's Abalone with dice is possibly my favorite dice game ever.
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13. Board Game: Warp 6 [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:6379]
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Another game by Greg Lam. IMHO less interesting than Knockabout. But other people (including the designer) think otherwise.
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14. Board Game: Yahtzee [Average Rating:5.29 Overall Rank:15230]
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Yup I said it. Although not well liked in the geek. There's a whole lot of game here - even more if you do the Triple Yahtzee variant. In fact I would argue that this is deeper than any of the modern variants I've seen including To Court a King and Easy Come Easy Go.
 
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