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A couple days ago I did create two lists. My favorite Euro-style games and My favorite American-style games. However, while writing the lists I noticed there were many games that did not kind of fit either list because of the vibe I tried to convey. Many of those games have a common Characteristic: They do use dice. So, this list is an attempt to get those games mentioned here, so I can check later on what was I playing at this junction in time.

The idea is to list games I love where dice are a core mechanic.
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1. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:277]
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My favorite dice heavy game. I never play it without the expansion. It is a neat action/location selection game where you collect materials and military influence using dice. Neat mechanics and a good theme, this one is also a favorite of my wife (specially when she wins).
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2. Board Game: Alien Frontiers [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:169]
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I really like the space theme and the fact that your dice act as "ships". This is, in my opinion, a little less complex than Kingsburg, in the sense that what you have to choose from is less convoluted. Really nice game that plays in around one hour.
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3. Board Game: Quarriors! [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:715] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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Yes! Dice building game! (weird name huh?) I really like this one. It is quick, it is nice, and you roll dice all the time. Plays easy and looks very neat on the table. Who does not like all the little dice? Only complaint is that some of the numbers are tiny and sometimes misprinted. Not a big deal, but I would have loved for the dice to be more readable.
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4. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:237]
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The greatest game about Monsters I own. The theme is amazing, the artwork in the cards is really good, and is a perfect beer-and-pretzels experience for those looking for a lighthearted game.
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5. Board Game: Wicked Witches Way [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:2181]
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In this game, the custom dice are used for quick observation, trying to decipher the secret formula in one of the two colors. Black formulas give you power, while orange formulas give you speed. This is a fun game that keeps everyone engaged (it is a simultaneous puzzle/observation game), that is light but requires full concentration.
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6. Board Game: Arena: Roma II [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1109] [Average Rating:6.93 Unranked]
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I dubbed this one "Little Kingsburg". Though the mechanics are not quite the same, it does scratch a similar itch for me. It is really quick and really pretty. Very tactical at times, but strategy is important. A definite keeper.
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7. Board Game: Wok Star [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1845]
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Judicious use of the dice is EVERYTHING on this amazing coop where you try to pay your restaurant loan. Producing optimal amounts of ingredients is very important, so each turn roll and use is critical.
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8. Board Game: To Court the King [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1479]
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You will roll many, many times your dice with this one. Being able to claim a particular supporter that allows you to improve your dice rolls or your dice number is key. Roll the best amount of pips at the end of the game and go for the win!
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9. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:597]
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I played this one to death on Yucata.de, but still, the physical wooden dice I find more attractive. Really nice game, which looks a lot simpler than it actually is. It does convey enough variety through a simple set of selections. It is a heavy box, but one I can take to the restaurant and play while we order and eat.
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10. Board Game: Stone Age [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:80]
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Caveman growing up their tribe. Cool theme! Particularly when you get to place your dice in the "Love Shack". One of the most representative worker placement games, dice do dictate a lot of your actions.
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11. Board Game: Zombie Dice [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:1773]
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Fun and silly, this one is very portable and a good exercise on the "Press your luck" area. I like the theme, and it is usually succesful with the younger crowd.
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12. Board Game: Powerboats [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1420]
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You move using dice, but deciding which dice to keep, which ones to roll, when to add or subtract dice is what will make you finish the race on the lead. Did I mention all the dice are three sided?
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13. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:657]
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As someone in my game group put it, the name is not a suggestion. Keep going and don't bust. Talk about pressing your luck. Also hope others don't go so far they take the line where you are one position away from winning.
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14. Board Game: Ligretto Dice [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:6790]
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Speed is the name of the game here. Roll them and place them before your opponents do. Very light, but the right type of game to play with your kids, or with your friends when you all are a bit tipsy
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15. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:68]
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Finally got around to playing this amazing game. Definitely a solid mechanics game, with lots of varying decisions to be made. It is a bit on the heavy side of things, but very entertaining.
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16. Board Game: Alea Iacta Est [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1300]
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Neat quick game. You can plan a bit, and do with not so good rolls. The reroll tokens are a strategy to consider. I still have to play this one more, but has proven to be interesting.
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17. Board Game: Dice Town [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:741]
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Really light dice game, but a fun one. Perfect for a family night or with friends that are not into heavier fare. Got the expansion almost right away, since adding an extra player does very little on the down time.
 
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18. Board Game: Elder Sign [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:481]
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My wife and I loooove this game. It plays fast, and is something we really like doing together.

I have failed to see the argument that the game is too easy, but then again it might be because it is usually just the two of us playing (I can see how with more investigators the sheer amount of items/spells available would reduce the non-changing challenge).
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19. Board Game: Las Vegas [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:475]
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Pretty simple and mindless game, but manages to capture very well that "betting" feeling. Plays quick and its lighthearted nature makes it a winner for a filler.
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