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Jim Hansen
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I find myself really enjoying games where your available actions are determined by dice. For example, in War of the Ring, Claustrophobia, and Alien Frontiers you start your turn by rolling dice and then you "spend" your dice to take certain actions. The mechanic is at its best when there isn't a clear hierarchy in possible results (i.e. sometimes you would prefer a 6 and sometimes you'd prefer a 1 or 3).

Is there a name for that mechanic? I don't think it is listed as one of the BGG options.

Also, can you recommend other games that utilize that mechanic well?
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You should give Kingsburg a closer look meeple
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Dragon Dice, or - if you prefer Print and Play games:
Chunky Fighters
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Twilight Imperium Express
 
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Dark Horse
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And for a dice driven game which uses something other than numbers see Rolling Freight.
 
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Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. Of the games mentioned, I think I'm most interested in Kingsburg, Dark Horse, and Rolling Freight. I'm less interested in games that emphasize action denial (a.k.a. worker placement) and more interested in games that emphasize spending your dice efficiently.

I'd be interested in some more Ameritrashy suggestions if anyone has some ideas.
 
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Teamjimby wrote:
I'd be interested in some more Ameritrashy suggestions if anyone has some ideas.

Not necessarily Ameritrashy, but lighter anyway

Escape: The Curse of the Temple
Alea Iacta Est
Stone Age
Fortuna
Garden Dice
Dice Town
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A heavy one: Age of Conan: The Strategy Board Game

A light one: Seasons

Both uses a shared action dice pool.
 
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Elder Sign might be another game for you to take a look at.
 
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Yspahan, except each player chooses from a grouping of dice that are contained in sections of a common pool (the tower) based on the dices' pips each round. Not as much variability in choice based on outcomes as some of the other games mentioned, but quite a great game IMO.
 
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