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Anthony Nguyen
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Was looking at La Granja: The Dice Game and it got me thinking to look at other games that use dice drafting as a mechanism. I looked under the Mechanics page, but Dice Drafting is not listed as a mechanism there.

What other games involve dice drafting? I know Seasons does, but that doesn't seem like something in my wheelhouse. A quick search brought up Troyes and Signorie, will look into these two, but opinions on these will be nice.

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Grand Austria Hotel

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Troyes is SOOOOPER clever. It's far far more than rolling sets of dice and picking them in player order.
 
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Another vote for Grand Austria Hotel. Excellent Dice placement game. I am also a fan of Signorie which does dice drafting with engine building and then set collection for scoring.
 
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One of my favorite mechanisms. I'm always in the mood for a dice-manipulation game:

#1: Troyes - It reigns supreme. So. Good.
#2: The Voyages of Marco Polo - Challenging. Grueling decisions.
#3: Grand Austria Hotel - Mind bending. So many options. Hurry, everyone's waiting for you to take your turn.
#4: Madeira - The heaviest. It would probably be higher on the list if it were easier to get to the table.
#5: Macao - Fun mechanism. Has a bit of a "classic" feel to it now.
#6: Roll for the Galaxy - Not technically dice drafting, but it has a pretty similar feel. This one is fast. I'd call it a super filler.
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thedacker wrote:

#2: The Voyages of Marco Polo - Challenging. Grueling decisions.


The Voyages of Marco Polo is dice placement. Excellent game, just not dice drafting.
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Thief's Market New(ish) small game, but not quite a filler (hour+ play time). Quickly becoming one of my favorite small games though!
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avanspronsen wrote:
thedacker wrote:

#2: The Voyages of Marco Polo - Challenging. Grueling decisions.


The Voyages of Marco Polo is dice placement. Excellent game, just not dice drafting.

I personally don't draw such a hard line with this category. Playing dice and their rolled values from round to round makes drafting, placing, stealing, borrowing, grouping, etc all feel pretty similar. I lump them all into a category called "dice manipulation". I think it's highly unlikely that someone who likes dice "drafting" wouldn't like dice "placing".

But...if we're getting technical, you draft the black dice in Marco Polo.
 
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Big fan of dice drafting and dice placement. Wish there were more.

I like Elder Sign for it.
I have not played it but Euphoria: Build a Better Dystopia might work.
Also Apocalypse Chaos flew under the radar for most. It's very puzzly.

Also also if you like solitaire games Deep Space D-6

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A game that gets very little attention is Livingstone, which I'd totally recommend as well as the aforementioned list of games.
 
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thedacker wrote:
avanspronsen wrote:
thedacker wrote:

#2: The Voyages of Marco Polo - Challenging. Grueling decisions.


The Voyages of Marco Polo is dice placement. Excellent game, just not dice drafting.

I personally don't draw such a hard line with this category. Playing dice and their rolled values from round to round makes drafting, placing, stealing, borrowing, grouping, etc all feel pretty similar. I lump them all into a category called "dice manipulation". I think it's highly unlikely that someone who likes dice "drafting" wouldn't like dice "placing".

But...if we're getting technical, you draft the black dice in Marco Polo.


I would disagree there too...the black dice are purchased and then rolled and only useable by that player. Dice drafting is selecting already rolled dice from a common pool.

I agree that we can get hung up on definitions but felt it important to point out given the OP was looking specifically for dice drafting games.
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+1 Blueprints!
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thedacker wrote:
I personally don't draw such a hard line with this category. Playing dice and their rolled values from round to round makes drafting, placing, stealing, borrowing, grouping, etc all feel pretty similar. I lump them all into a category called "dice manipulation". I think it's highly unlikely that someone who likes dice "drafting" wouldn't like dice "placing".

I do get the sentiment, but if someone would have asked for a card drafting game, and got a recommendation for a game where cards are played but are not drafted, how reasonable would you really think a response like the one below is?
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I personally don't draw such a hard line with this category. Playing cards and their printed values from round to round makes drafting, playing, stealing, borrowing, grouping, etc all feel pretty similar. I lump them all into a category called "card manipulation". I think it's highly unlikely that someone who likes card "drafting" wouldn't like card "playing".
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Another +1 for Blueprints. I had a chance to play this a month or two ago and we all loved it. Its been on my wish list ever since.
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Colony

Reminds a little of Dominion with a dozen cards in the middle of the table available for everyone. However, you do everything with dice, you buy cards with dice, you activate cards with dice etc

At the beginning of your turn, you roll a couple of dice and take the one you want. Then, the next player takes one of the remaining dice and so on
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Thanks for everyone's opinion. Will be doing a lot of research before Cyber Monday.

I think high on the list for heavier games are Troyes and Grand Austria Hotel. I'll take a look at Voyages of Marco Polo, as well. Seems like all are in between print runs right now.

For lighter games, will take a look at Blueprints.
 
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