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MP Szakos
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Hi to everyone,

I'd like to find a fun and engaging dice game for my daughter's upcoming 11th birthday. Something that isn't too heavy, or too light, one with meaningful decision making, and one with little downtime between turns. 90% of the time, the number of players will be 2 to 3 (some combination of my daughter, my wife, and me.)
My daughter gets a big kick out of trying beat the clock with the frenzied pace of die rolling in our games of Escape: The Curse of the Temple - one of her favorites. Yet at the same time, she enjoys manipulating and managing die results when creating estates in a nice relaxing game of The Castles of Burgundy, her favorite game of all. In general she's quite crafty, loves art and enjoys assembling Imaginative worlds from Legos.
So after scanning the BGG lists for suitable dice games, I've discovered a few games that I believe might make the grade. But I'd love to hear some recommendations from you, as well as any of your comments on my short list below. These games are....

1) Kingsburg with the expansion.
2) Alea Iacta Est.
3) Dice Town. Unsure if this would appeal to an 11 year old girl. I could be mistaken.
4) Garden Dice.

Other dice games that my daughter's tried or we own and she's played:
King of Tokyo - after a few tries, she just lost any interest.
Martian Dice - she thinks it's alright, but nothing great. Maybe a little too light.
Stone Age iOS - she likes this and plays this often.

Thanks in advance for your help
Mark

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Excape and Easy Come, Easy Go toward the lighter end....
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My favorite lighter dice game is Ra: The Dice Game. It plays really quickly and is packed with interesting decisions.

My favorite heavier dice game is Troyes. The fact that she likes CoB means she's ready to step it up to this one. It's the king of dice-manipulation games, IMO. I've never felt the need to own CoB because I already have Troyes.

Enjoy!
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Son (11) - favorite dice games

1. King of Tokyo
2. Escape: Curse of the Temple
3. Kingsburg

IMHO all 3 great without expansions

Daughter (20) and my wife also love these.
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A Fistful of Penguins is a nice, light dice game.
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Cookie Fu is fun
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Hunters of Arcfall has got giant robots, aliens and traps!


No player elimination and mostly child-friendly, yet still adult art (no chainmail bikinis, but some of the bounties might be scary?)
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Check out Monolith: The Strategy Game.
A little dice/worker placement game that has some interesting ways to manipulate the dice.
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Wont help you right now, but you might want to keep an eye on Cubist if shes into art and building things.
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I enjoy Alea Iacta Est, so there's my vote!
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I think you got it right with Garden Dice. I would go with that.

If you want to throw in a filler: Zooloretto: The Dice Game is a great quick dice game.
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Dungeon Roll
Very simple, plays quickly.
Best as 2 player.
More players means you wait for more players before it is your turn again.
Enjoyable.
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Wow, she's playing a 'relaxing' game of Castles of Burgundy at 11!? I could hardly hold my Atari joystick right at that age! With this in mind I reckon you could go for Alea Iacta no worries. It's basically Yahtzee with a Roman theme.

The thing about saying 'dice game' is that lots of medium strategy games use dice as a partial mechanic (a la burgundy), whereas folk here are recommending you very simplistic dice games in parallel. Asking for a dice game these days ain't what it used to mean. With literally hundreds (if not thousands) of games to choose from why not go to browse games / dice / rank and read about the top 50 from there.

Personally, although these are completely different game experiences, I really like:


Kingsburg
Roll Through the Ages
Dice Town
Excape
Liar's Dice
Can't Stop

Another really light dice game with an adventure slapped on its side is the new hobbit unexpected journey game. It's basically Elder Sign with Hobbits. I would have bought it on release had it been the whole story but like the old Risk LOR it's a fragmented part of the story - like the hideously stretched films.
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Have you looked at Blueprints? Although it might not fit the bill completely, Seasons is a gorgeous production with interesting choices that uses dice.
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Kingsburg is a good choice.
Quarriors! is also worth a look.
Alien Frontiers maybe? Theme might not be her favorite.

Bye
Thanee
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pfctsqr wrote:
I think you got it right with Garden Dice. I would go with that.

If you want to throw in a filler: Zooloretto: The Dice Game is a great quick dice game.


When I saw the title, these were the exact two games I thought of. Good recommendations.
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You guys are great!!! All of your suggestions are so very helpful and enlightening. This will give me a good start in narrowing the choices down to the right one. thumbsup

Thanks again,
Mark
 
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Stone Age is my wife's favorite game and one of my daughters favorites.
You can't go wrong with picking that one up, the tactile nature of rolling the dice, etc. is great compared to playing on the iOS.


My son and I prefer Kingsburg, I love using the dice as your workers.
Both are excellent choices and I would definitely get the expansion if you go with Kingsburg.
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Quarriors!
 
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