okay, I admit it: I love specialty dice
Gregg Lewis
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Hello, my name is Gregg and I think I'm a specialty dice-a-holic.

<hi, Gregg.>

I don't know where the attraction started, but counting pips didn't cut it for me anymore...at first I tried games with massive amounts of traditional dice, but that only lasted for a while...ultimately I ended up looking for edgier stuff: weird mechanics, symbols, colors...you name it.

So maybe you're like me and you can't resist a strange set of dice and/or mechanics...sometimes the goofier the better...

This is my first GEEKLIST, so be kind.

I absolutely encourage you to add your favorite specialty-dice games and anecdotes the more, the merrier

-G
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126. Board Game: Pot Black Snooker Dice [Average Rating:5.05 Unranked]
Matt Kruczek
United Kingdom
Colchester
Essex
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Played this for hours when I was little.

3 Red Dice with three red faces, one blank and one cross.
3 Colours dice with Yellow, Green, Brown, Blue, Pink and Black.
One regular D6.

And a proper little snooker score board.

Lovely.
 
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127. Board Game: Spooky Math Games [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Dean
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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Spooky Math Games comes with 5 nice dice, one of which is particularly special. It has a skull in place of the '6'. The skull result has special meaning in some of the games inside the book.
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128. Board Game: The Game of Crown and Anchor [Average Rating:3.72 Unranked]
Nick Reed
United Kingdom
Southampton
Hampshire
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Not a particularly popular game, but I don't think you can blame that on the dice.
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129. Board Game: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Game [Average Rating:5.52 Overall Rank:8946]
Nick Reed
United Kingdom
Southampton
Hampshire
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"Heroes in a D6!" Used for combat and movement, I believe.
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130. Board Game: Mini Double Dice [Average Rating:5.85 Unranked]
Nick Reed
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Southampton
Hampshire
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Seriously - how funky do they look!?! If they don't count as speciality dice, I don't know what does!
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131. Board Game: Lineage II: The Boardgame [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:5499]
Dane Barrett
New Zealand
Henderson
Auckland
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Lineage II uses specialist dice for combat rolls. You have to match up the colors on the dice rolls with the color markings on the monster cards.
 
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132. Board Game: Krull [Average Rating:4.85 Overall Rank:10314]
Dane Barrett
New Zealand
Henderson
Auckland
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Not a great game, but does contain special dice (with glaive symbols and a few sides representing how many Slayers attack).
 
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133. Board Game: Cricket Wizard [Average Rating:3.80 Unranked]
Dane Barrett
New Zealand
Henderson
Auckland
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Special dice used to represent hits and misses and run-outs in the game of Cricket. Unfortunately the green die almost ruins the game by causing run-outs to happen far too often.
 
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134. Board Game: Inn-Fighting [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:3599]
Dane Barrett
New Zealand
Henderson
Auckland
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Dice used for brawling.
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135. Board Game: Liebe & Intrige [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:4368]
Dane Barrett
New Zealand
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Auckland
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Used for intrigue dice rolls
 
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136. Board Game: Dancing Dice [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:5979]
Steven Kimball
United States
Shoreview
Minnesota
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This one's fun with non-gamers or in a social situation. It can accommodate 6 and it's not too long. Instead of pips you have "footprints" that are arranged in patterns you soon grow accustomed too, just as we did when we first used pipped dice.
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137. Board Game: Knucklebones [Average Rating:6.44 Unranked]
Steve Blackwell
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Brighton
East Sussex
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I'm very surprised this didn't make it onto the list, so I thought I should add them.

When I was a kid I moved to Bath, the English Roman town and thought it was so cool that I found a game in the museum shop that used replica knuckle bones as dice.

I used to play this a lot, but lost them. They are really a precursor to pass the pigs too, I think. I seem to remember you got a different score if they were leaning on each other, although that might be something I made up in the mists of time!

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138. Board Game: DICEcapades [Average Rating:5.06 Overall Rank:11002]
Mike Krause
United States
Vancouver
Washington
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How could you have a list of specialty dice games without this?
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139. Board Game: Dreamblade [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:911]
David Galloway
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Greenville
South Carolina
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Can't believe that Dreamblade was left out.

The dice are d6's with 1, 2, and 3 as normal then two pips for misses, and the Dreamblade itself. The way this game essentially works is that each creature has 3 numbers; power, defense, and life. Power is the number of dice that creature can roll when it attacks(strikes), defense is the amount of damage a creature can take before it is disrupted (sent by your opponent to any empty cell of the board), and life is the amount of damage a create takes before it dies.

So, a creature with 8/4/8 rolls 8 dice when it attacks, is disrupted with 4 damage, and dies if it takes 8 damage.

The Dreamblade itself is used with many creatures who have special powers that require one or more blades.

The great thing is that you can have up to four creatures in the same cell and if they're all big beasts you can roll a lot of these dice. I remember rolling 36 in an attack once.

Man, I was upset to see WotC run this game into the ground! I guess the upside is that you can find it dirt cheap right now. I have hopes that one day someone will release this as a board game instead of a CMG and keep the excellent mechanics and gameplay.
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140. Board Game: Sushizock im Gockelwok [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1249]
Pete Grey
United States
Portland
Oregon
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New game. More bakelite!

Dice on left.
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141. Board Game: Playoff One-On-One Hockey Challenge [Average Rating:5.56 Unranked]
Jeremy Wark
Canada
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27 collectible team dice with logos, pucks and whistles.

Gameplay requires a deck of player cards - though I'm trying to develop a dice-only version.

Game was only available in 1995, but there are a billion dice available on eBay.
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142. Board Game: Go 500 Racing Dice Game [Average Rating:5.64 Unranked]
Morten
Denmark
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Made by the same company as GoLo and therefore very similar
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143. Board Game: Go 500 Racing Dice Game [Average Rating:5.64 Unranked]
Morten
Denmark
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Made by the same company as GoLo and therefore very similar
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144. Board Game: Royal Poker Dice Game [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked]
Morten
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Very Yahtzee like and contains 5 absolutely wonderful specialty dice. With those it's possible to make all possible poker hands - but of course many are only possible with use of one or more wild cards.

Unfortunately haven't played it much lately but it's a nice variation on the traditional Yacht, Yahtzee, Yatzy (a very popular public domain variation in Denmark and I guess at least our neighbor countries, a couple more fields than in Yahtzee).
 
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145. Board Game: Cranium [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:4150]
Evan Parker
United States
Kirkland
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I remember Cranium has a random color die that was interesting.
 
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146. Board Game: Troll Knuckles [Average Rating:2.00 Unranked]
Evan Parker
United States
Kirkland
Washington
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Troll Lord Games' Troll Knuckles has 3 six sided dice with some odd distributions of numbers

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Troll Knuckles is a dice rolling game, consisting of three dice:

- The "Knuckle", a green die with even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12)
- The "Toe", a purple die with odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11)
- The "Eye", a red die with the troll-primes (1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9)
 
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147. Board Game: Monsterpocalypse [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:882] [Average Rating:7.24 Unranked]
Evan Parker
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Kirkland
Washington
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The dice have a number of hits on each face. There are 3 colors of dice, each with different distributions.
 
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148. Board Game: Jamaica [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:369]
Evan Parker
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Washington
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In addition to the best shaped box insert I've ever seen, Jamaica has its cannon die [2 4 6 8 10 BOOM].
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149. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:135]
Gunther Schmidl
Austria
Linz
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One "Curse Die", and four dice with colors.
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150. Board Game: Ubongo [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:595]
Kai Bettzieche
Germany
Eppelsheim
Rheinland Pfalz
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This one is a cute one
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