A Geeklist tribute to chessex - games that can be played with 36 dice
Kai Bettzieche
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Ladenburg
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From November '09 up to end of April '10 did the contest "Dicefest contest - a tribute to Chessex" run.

Here in this list you will find all of the games that are invented during this contest as well as any other game that anyone invents afterwards and that meets the criteria of the above mentioned contest.
(Long story short: You've found a game that requires each player to field 36 dice - the number you can find in a chessex dicebox - or even along with some more doodads? Go ahead and add it to this list)
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1. Board Game: ArchMage [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked]
Kai Bettzieche
Germany
Ladenburg
Baden Württemberg
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ArchMage is a 2 or 4 Player Strategy & Combat game with a fantasy theme.

Each Player selects a faction based around the 4 Elements of Air, Earth, Water and Fire.There are no advantages or disadvantages to each of them.
By summoning Mages and ArchMages and unleashing powerful spells by controlling Spirit Towers located around the board, players attempt to eradicate each other in combat.
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2. Board Game: Die!nosaurs [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Andrew Sutherland
South Africa
Johannesburg
Gauteng
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A prehistoric simulation game in which your die!nosaurs die!ne, die!vide, and die!versify in the ensuing die!aspora, hopefully causing as many of the opposition as possible to die! in the process.
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3. Board Game: Diceopolis [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Kai Bettzieche
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Ladenburg
Baden Württemberg
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This is a strategic placement game wherein each of 2 to 4 players begins with 25 regular 6-sided dice. In the center of the playing surface is a cross of dice ("the wall" - see diagram) against which dice are placed to score. Each die placed must touch two other dice, and only dice touching the same number in the wall in an uninterrupted perpendicular alignment will score. (Two players may begin with 36 dice each if available.)
 
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4. Board Game: Diceland [Average Rating:5.66 Overall Rank:10712]
Kai Bettzieche
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Ladenburg
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DICELAND is a strategy game for two players. At the beginning of the game, both players must agree on the number of hexagonal tiles that will form the “land” to be conquered. Beginners can start playing with few hexagons, while experienced players can use the complete set of 36 tiles. The dimension of the “battlefield” determines also the number of dice used by the players. In this game, dice are used as a sort of “soldiers” who will “fight” to conquer “Diceland”, although the game is definitely not a war game. Rules are very simple, and although the players have to roll a lot of dice during the game, only a good strategy can lead to a winning position. DICELAND can be played at different levels: the basic one will take only few minutes to be completed, while the most advanced can offer up to 45 minutes of entertainment, introducing the special terrain rules.
The rulebook comes in 5 languages, full of pictures and with many game variants, but the most interesting concept are the free of charge expansions sets that will be published on the company’s site: www.kidultgame.com
Anybody will be able to download the new rules, and the new hexagons can be printed and glued on to the white tiles provided with the game, making your own set of special pieces with no extra expense.
The site has a complete section in English, describing the game rules in detail.
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5. Board Game: Dice Floor [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Julien Griffon
France
Nantes
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My entry for the Chessex tribute design contest.

I received Take it easy for Christmas and that's where the idea for this game came from. It ended up not being a complete rip off and I like the way it plays, although it can drag on with AP.

I tried to make it just random enough for all games not to be the same. I couldn't check if there's a winning strategy, though, and I actually lost the few playtest games I played.

I'll be glad to receive any comment on the game itself or the rules (I'm sure they're not as clear as they could be, but since I'm not a native English speaker, it's hard for me to do better...), and I hope some of you enjoy the game.
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6. Board Game: Floating Fortress [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
David Gregg
United States
Franklinville
NC
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Floating Fortress is a Print-n-Play game featuring a navel battle between two players using standard d6 dice. The game is played on a 8x8 board with each player having 2 bases and 14 ships under their control. Each turn a player may move a single ship or use multiple ships to fire on a single target. Ships have to reload their ammunition between shots and are controlled with attack and defense dice that determine their shots power, their movement speed, their firing range and how much life they have remaining. The object of the game is to be the first player to eliminate both of their opponent's bases.

The game requires each player to have their own set of 36 dice with the 2 sets being a different color and it can played on the back of the unfolded rulebook. The rulebook and board fit on a single sheet of printed paper.

Update: The rulebook can now be downloaded from the files section on the game's page.
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7. Board Game: Dice Towers [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Brad N
United States
Madison
Wisconsin
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Dice Towers is a two player game where each player uses over 30 dice to build prestigious towers, mine for gold and battle head to head with their opponent.

The game lasts 10 rounds with scoring after round 5 and round 10. Each round, both players roll 3 or more dice and typically use their dice one at a time to increase the height of a tower, gather the next available gold, fortify their troops on the battlefield or carry over to the next round.


Dice Towers was designed and created for the Dicefest contest - a tribute to Chessex run by Kai Bettzieche.

The rules and game board files are pending, but I will make them available somewhere by 3/31 if they aren't approved yet.
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8. Board Game: Epic Dice Battles: Japanese Warfare [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Konrad Anft
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Berlin
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My game was finished at the last minute...
I hope that it will find some play now.


This is supposed to be the first game of the EDB series, as I wrote more and more rules and had more and more ideas to incorporate into the game.

Eventually I decided to split it into two games.. now I plan to finish three, and two expansions.

All will be added to this list once they get done (especially if I get some feedback - positive or negative... any response is welcome.).
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9. Board Game: Battle Arena [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Kai Bettzieche
Germany
Ladenburg
Baden Württemberg
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Now, as the creative part of the content is over, I'd like to add my own 36-dice-game to this list as well:

Battle Arena is a print and play wargame with a good amount of ressourcemanagement, in which the players pit their forces against each other in order to complete their tactical goals, such as capturing a flag or planting a bomb.
To play this game, the players need:
– An arena (such as „Slaughter Valley“ – the arena that comes with the game). On the website inkwellideas.com you can find the so called „Hexographer“ – the tool, the map „Slaughter Valley“ was created with. Feel free to create your own maps with this tool.
http://inkwellideas.com/roleplaying_tools/hexographer/

– And of course the mandatory 36 dice from a unique color per player. such as those from Chessex for example.
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