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Tony Ackroyd
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For some gamers, the presence of dice is enough to make them love the game, or at least want to play it again. They add drama, and in a well-designed game the winner is not automatically the person who rolls the most 6s.
So the next poll-based contest I'm going to run will be to determine what the current best dice games are. This is "Dice games" rather than games with dice in - games where the dice are a major part of the game.

But lets not be too harsh about what make a 'dice game'. e.g. I would consider Stone Age a dice game as multiple dice are usually used by each player each turn, and dice are used to determine the benefits of multiple cards
However I would not consider Settlers a dice game, as dice are just used to determine what resources are generated each turn/where the robber moves.
Small World is not a dice game because the vast majority of the game does not involve a die.
I think my guideline would be that dice have to be used more than simply as a movement allowance or decisioning system.
In BGG terms, this is Dice as a Category rather than as a Mechanic.

The next entry will contain the nominations list to date. I've begun it by using an Advanced Search on BGG and adding in games from some great Dice games geeklists.

Subscribe to this thread and my polls thread to make sure you don't miss the contest: 1000rpm's Polls Notification Thread - Just Subscribe!
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Nominations List (currently 131 nominees)

1st & Goal
A Fistful of Penguins
Airships
Alea Iacta Est
Alhambra: The Dice Game
Alien Frontiers
Backgammon
Battleship Express
Bears!
Boggle
Bongo
Bora Bora
BSG Express
Burgen Land
Button Men
Cambria
Can't Stop
Carcassonne: The Dice Game
Castle Dice
Catan Dice Game
Chaos Progenitus/Demon Dice/Daemon Dice
Chunky Fighters
Cities of Doom
Code Cracker
Combo King
Cookie Fu
Cosmic Cows
Cosmic Wimpout
Craps
Cthulhu Dice
Dark Minions
D-Day Dice
Delve: The Dice Game
Der Pate
Dice Town
Diceland
Dicemaster
Dragon Dice
Dragon Rampage
Dungeon Dice
Dungeon Fighter
Dungeon Roll
EinStein würfelt nicht!
Elder Sign
Escape: The Curse of the Temple
Excape
Expedition Sumatra: Dadu Dadu
Farkle
Football Fever
Formula D
Garden Dice
God Dice
Gold Nuggets
Heckmeck Junior
Hoppladi Hopplada!
Ice Dice
IRONDIE
It Happens..
Jackal & High
Jackpot Yahtzee
Keltis: Das Würfelspiel
King of Tokyo
Kingsburg
Knights (Knatsch)
Las Vegas
Last Chance
LCR
Liar's Dice (Perudo)
Like Dice?
Locomotive Werks
Lords of Vegas
Los Banditos
Macao
Manila
Martian Dice
Marvel Super Dice
Mosaix
Pickomino
Pirate Dice: Voyage on the Rolling Seas
Piraten kapern
Pizza Box Football
Pony Express
Powerboats
Quarriors!
Qwirkle Cubes
Qwixx
Ra: The Dice Game
Railroad Dice
Rallyman
Reiner Knizia's Decathlon
Risk Express
RoboDerby: Express
Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age
Rolling Bones
Roma
Rory's Story Cubes
Rum & Pirates
Saint Malo
Scripts & Scribes: The Dice Game
Seasons
Shanghaien
Sharp Shooters
Shut the Box
Skyline
Spiel
Stack Market
Star Trek The Next Generation Collectable Dice Game
Stone Age
StreetSoccer
Sushizock im Gockelwok
Take It or Leave It
That's Life!
The Castles of Burgundy
The d6 Shooters
Throwing Stones
To Court the King
Troyes
Tumblin-Dice
Utopia Engine
Viva Java Dice
Way of the Dragon
Wok Star
Wool Rules
Word Yahtzee
Würfel (Dice) Bohnanza
Würfelwurst
Yahtzee
Yahtzee Free for All
Yspahan
Zombie Dice
Zooloretto: The Dice Game
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1st & Goal
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Boggle?
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Viva Java Dice

I don't think its going to be out until 2014, but the PnP has been available and people have had exposure and opportunity to play it.
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LCR?
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Trophy Buck, basically a Zombie Dice redux.
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ultramafic wrote:
Trophy Buck, basically a Zombie Dice redux.


Wait, wait that was not a nomination...
 
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Does War of the Ring (Second Edition) count? I don't know that I'd call it a "dice game", but like Stone Age the main mechanic revolves around the action dice and you roll dice for the battles.
 
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I certainly think The Castles of Burgundy should be on the nomination list.
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Quarriors! & Ra: The Dice Game
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Teamjimby wrote:
Does War of the Ring (Second Edition) count? I don't know that I'd call it a "dice game", but like Stone Age the main mechanic revolves around the action dice and you roll dice for the battles.

I'd say no. But I can see they are both in a grey area.
For me some of the key Stone Age decisions are around how many dice you invest in, while in War of the Ring it is more around managing the risk around what the dice may do.
 
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And to go a little further, Memoir '44 was in my original list, but I was never very sure about it. Looking at my description above, it seems to sit closer to the War of the Ring (not in) than the Stone Age (in). But lets put it do the vote....

Poll
Which of these should be in a Best Game contest?
  Yes No Don't Know
Stone Age
Bruges
Memoir '44
War of the Ring
Macao
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Poll created by 1000rpm


edit: updated the poll to add Bruges and a 'None of the Above' option, otherwise it isn't clear whether the top voted game should be in....
edit 2: I think this is the best way
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I love Bruges, but I don't consider it a dice game any more than Catan.
 
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Does Ticket to Ride: The Dice Expansion fit in here at all? (or perhaps not, since it is an expansion).
 
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1000rpm wrote:
And to go a little further, Memoir '44 was in my original list, but I was never very sure about it. Looking at my description above, it seems to sit closer to the War of the Ring (not in) than the Stone Age (in). But lets put it do the vote....


There needs to be a distinction between...

Games that have dice

AND

Games, at their core, dominated by dice.

I think a "dice game" needs to be the latter. I don't see any of the three mentioned games as having dice as their core. Alien Frontiers, Kingsburg, King of Tokyo, Can't Stop, Dice Town--those are dice games. Memoir '44, Stone Age, and War of the Ring? Nah.
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1. I'm questioning whether Macao belongs on the list. Seems like it uses dice like catan, i.e. to produce resources at the start of each round, but not much more.

2. The poll lacks a 'none of them' option. I tried to vote for 'no game' but the poll engine disregards any vote that doesn't check at least one alternative.

3. I nominate Carcassonne: The Dice Game.
 
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+1 Dragon Dice. Also, Cookie Fu, and Cosmic Wimpout. I accept the fact that I am probably the only person who ever liked Cities of Doom. (By the same person that designed the Gipf series of games.) (I think )
 
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