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Kurt Van Hoeyveld
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Could you guys and girls help me with this one? Although I LOVE dice, my 10 Essen purchases were almost all diceless... Now, I think the choices I made were quite excellent but... now I'm yearning for some dice throwing...

So, I'm looking for an ideal game with these criteria:

- Dice! I want a fair amount of dice throwing. Not necessary Quarriors amount but I want the feeling I'm playing with dice.

- Perfect for 2 players (since I mostly play with my girlfriend only) and the possibility to have 4 or maybe 6 players.

- Medium heavy: I mean, not zombiedice light, but not Cosmic Encounter heavy. Something with some challenge but it has to be fun in the first place.

- Little text (or a Dutch version, then it doesn't matter) for my girlfriend's English isn't great yet.

- Preferably with theme (and nice artwork) and not too agressive towards eachother. It can be co-op but that's no must.

- Cards are a possible plus too (but dice are more important).


I know, I'm being quite specific, but I wonder what you'll advice.
 
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The Castles of Burgundy
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I've been looking into both your choices and not convinced yet. I've seen part 1 of both game's Rahdo Runthroughs, maybe I'd better see the extended plays too.

Thanks for the suggestions btw!
 
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Maybe Yspahan or Arena: Roma II?

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I'd vote for Troyes, followed closely by Castles of Burgundy.

If you're wanting a bit more dice-rolling, have a look at Alea Iacta Est.
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stoneage perhaps?
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Arena looks quite interesting. Love Feld's Amerigo so a designer that has my attention. I'll check all those titles you're advicing ppl! I appreciate it!
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At the risk of turning into That Guy Who Always Recommends The Same Game (tm), I'd go with Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game, pricey to get into (One base set won't be enough for long, although it's ok for a couple of games, expect at least 100€ in purchases, potentially much more if you really get into it, I've spent over 200 and still haven't completed my 2 of everything set).
It's ideal for 2 players (more players can play in teams with everyone controlling part of a squad), it's a lot of fun, it's got a bunch of dice rolling, its rules are pretty straightforward, and the cards are easily learned (They're used to buy your force and provide pilots with special abilities and equipment). Furthermore the card artwork and minis are very nice.
I've been playing it almost exclusively for the last couple weeks.

Now there is one caveat as per your requirements, in that it is a pure direct-conflict AT game. Missions aside, your usual victory condition is blowing up each other's fleet, and even in missions where this is not the primary objective there is still a good deal of fighting. That being said, there is some room to avoid excessive nastyness (Such as not using ion cannons to navigate your opponent off the map, which is hilarious if you manage to do it, but should probably not be used against people who'll get mad about such things).
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Dice games I've liked:

Stone Age
Alien Frontiers
To Court the King might be too light

Of course, you could get her to learn Memoir '44 whistle
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Ghost Stories
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I love Troyes. It's my favorite dice game. I'm going to play it tonight. Yeah.

The Castles of Burgundy is a bit lighter, but still good Euro fun with dice.

Gears of War: The Board Game - If it's all about chucking tons of dice, this is the best option. It's co-op, but I don't find the typical alpha-player problem in it because players should keep their hands to themselves, so the alpha-tempted player doesn't even know the other players' options. And dice, yeah, it's all about chucking dice as much as possible. I got an extra set of dice because sometimes there wasn't enough in the base game for the copious amounts I got to toss some turns. Good, dice-chuckin' fun!

And the GoW dice look good, to boot:

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+1 Ghost Stories
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kentreuber wrote:
Dice games I've liked:

Stone Age



Looks nice at first sight. Will check this one out. Tnx.
 
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bbblasterfire wrote:


I forgot this one had dice. One to consider too. Thanks.
 
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Lots of dice throwing?

How come no one recommends Escape?
Okay, maybe it isn't exactly medium heavy, and I would say it is more dice throwing than Quarriors, but otherwise the description fits.

But I second the Ghost Stories, Troyes and Castle of Burgundy recommendations as well, all of those are really good games.
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We already have Escape and love it. But we don't always feel like having that (fun) stress in that game after a day at work. That's why we're looking for something a bit less hectic.
 
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Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age
 
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If you like Escape, you might want to have a look at the two expansions and the mini expansions as well. Especially the new quest expansion looks interesting I haven't played it yet though).

And I second Roll through the ages as well. That reminds me of a similiar game: Settlers of Catan Dice Game
 
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Now I'm thinking out loud... What do you guys think about Kingsburg in this discussion?
 
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My preference of dice-manipulation games:

Troyes > > Castles of Burgundy > > > > > Kingsburg

Troyes really is king of category. I played last night and got my butt handed to me by my wife, but I was still having a blast creating cool combos with my dice. The actions allow such great creativity for powering up your dice. It's just ... delicious.

Kingsburg is just boring after something like Troyes.
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How about Elder Sign? It would be ok with 2 and plays up to 4.
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1775: Rebellion does everything you ask (great with 2p, plays up to 4 (team-based)!). Very light rules but the strategy within certainly isn't. And it's fun! And it uses these



Obviously it is a game about war however, it's very difficult for one player to just steamroll another player or screw them over. A tight game throughout.
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Moe, you keep pushing 1175 higher and higher on my wishlist. surprise
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I feel that my recommendations are great for those new to gaming. Those who are more experienced....... take it at your own risk devil

It is a lot of fun, though! The best way to discover it is to watch a playthrough, I'd imagine. Reading about it or watching a rules overview hardly conveys the levels of immersion within.

Want to attack someone? Just do it! Don't look up charts. Don't remember obscure exceptions. Don't see if ammo's running low or if your supply lines got cut off. Just roll the dice and do what they say, then proceed to either curse the dice gods or taunt your opponent with your superior armies and fighting abilities

I make the game sound like Risk. Hardly!
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Ok... you all are slowly but surely convincing me about Troyes. Enough recommandations to stop ignoring it

You can keep the suggestions coming, I apreciate them a lot!
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