Games that use non standard dice
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Dice in a game can either make it or break it. Sometimes that random element is just what you need and other times it drives you nuts. This list is for all games containing dice that are not standard pip or number dice. A D6, D10, D12 etc is considered standard.

Feel free to add any games you know of that are not on the list. Please also add a description of the dice that are used in the game.
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1. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:268]
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Dice used have numbers indicating range and hearts indicating damage. They also have lightning bolts indicating "surges" which can be used in a variety of different ways.
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2. Board Game: Powerboats [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1334]
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In Powerboats you have 3 sided dice.
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3. Board Game: Runebound (Second Edition) [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:695]
Gunther Schmidl
Austria
Linz
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Runebound uses dice with symbols that tell you where you're allowed to go.
 
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4. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:185] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
Wendell
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Yellow Springs
Ohio
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Small World has a six-sided dice, but three of the sides are blank. It is only used for certain combats.
 
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5. Board Game: Age of Conan: The Strategy Board Game [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1339]
Tim Kelly
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Age of Conan uses two sets of non-standard dice.



The Fate Dice control the players' choices for actions during their turns.



The Contest Dice determine battle results.

Not the first game to use this type of mechanism, just my favorite.
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6. Board Game: Matching Madness [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:11718]
Judit Szepessy
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London
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In Matching Madness there are different colored rings, circles and figures on three wooden dice.

 
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7. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:423]
Thomas Preece
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Six-sided dice each with two zeroes (blank), two ones and two twos; each die therefore functions as 1d3-1.
 
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8. Board Game: Chaos Marauders (second edition) [Average Rating:5.54 Overall Rank:12810]
Andreas Johansson
Sweden
Linköping
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This game uses a grandly named "Cube of Devastation" to resolve certain game situations; it's a six-sided die with five Orcish Eye icons and one Star of Chaos. Basically, something bad happens if you roll the later.
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9. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:118] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
Andreas Johansson
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The dice have a mixture of symbols on htem, IIRC 2x infantry, 1x tank, 1x granade, 1x flag, 1x star.
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10. Board Game: Playoff Tennis [Average Rating:1.00 Unranked]
Scott Pizio
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Fall River
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Certainly not because it is a popular game. Maybe because I took the picture. These dice include tennis terms.
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11. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:269] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Bruce Moffatt
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Ipswich
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Six sided die with 2 shields, 3 skulls and a blank side for combat resolution. Original sets were a mix of red and blue dice with white images, current sets are white with red and blue images.

A standard 20 sided dice is used for various special ability 'checks'.

 
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12. Board Game: Catan Card Game [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:740]
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Austin
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The Catan Card Game uses a single standard 6 sided die with pips, but the event die has 5 different outcomes (the ? appears twice).
 
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13. Board Game: Clue: Carnival – The Case of the Missing Prizes [Average Rating:4.79 Overall Rank:14451]
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I guess kids don't like to roll low numbers. 6-6-5-5-5-4 are the faces on the D6.
 
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14. Board Game: Groo: The Game [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:3198]
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Groo: The Game uses The Groo Die, which determines where the wandering barbarian will turn-up next.



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15. Board Game: Dragon Dice [Average Rating:5.78 Overall Rank:7662]
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The whole blessed game is non-standard dice:



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