GCL ECLIPSE #202 Do You Know Your Dice?
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So, Dice games seem to be all the rage now. First a little fun test of your dice experience. All photos contain all the dice included in that particular game. Then please can you let us know why you like or dislike games where dice contribute a major part of the game be it as a mechanism or a component or both? Do you have a favorite dice game?


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1. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2609]
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Mahjong These are the oldest dice I have, made of bone so I included them. Dice are only used for determining the starting location of the wall at the beginning of the game.
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2. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2609]
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Yes these are from my old Parker Bros edition of Can't Stop. Dice are great for push your luck games. Still a good filler in my book. I even like playing it online at Yucata. Of course the morbid place to play was on BSW where they kept the mountain climber theme and if your little guy went over the top you'd hear a scream. By the way does any know which is official do you go over the top if your marker is at the top of the column and you continue to roll or do you just stop there? I've seen it played both ways but my copy of Can't Stop doesn't have the rules
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3. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2609]
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Railroad Dice I found the game kind of meh but the dice are so cool I've hung onto the game thinking maybe I or someone else could put the die to better use...
 
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4. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2609]
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Twilight Struggle while nothing wrong with the originals, the replacements add a nice touch
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5. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2609]
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Surprised no one has gotten this yet, although it is an abstract I suppose.Chase is one of my favorites. THe dice aren't thrown but they are an integral component of the game and being able to change the face of the die is crucial to the game mechanism
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6. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2609]
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7. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2609]
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8. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2609]
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Formula Dé, yeah I love using the D30 in races and the D20 crash die
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9. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2609]
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10. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2609]
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Macao I like the use of dice and the rondel in this game
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11. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2609]
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The Castles of Burgundy I really like the use of dice in this game. The choices you make help mitigate the luck but it still adds that little bit of randomness some games need
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12. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2609]
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Roll for the Galaxy those dice are pretty distinctive
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13. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2609]
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Rolling Japan
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14. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2609]
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Age of Craft I thought Joe might be the only other one who had played this one. It's a nice game along the lines of To Court the King but more interesting. I am really looking forward to translations of the expansions and will be curious to compare it to the upcoming Favor of the Pharaoh Anyway it has lots of dice and in small box.
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15. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2609]
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Discoveries: The Journals of Lewis and Clark the dice version of Lewis & Clark. It has some interesting ideas, I think it's better with 3 than 2 because you are better able to use the other player's dice. I love the theme and the art, but the game seems to fall just a tiny bit flat for me. I'll give it some tries with 3 and 4 players to see if it improves or perhaps a variant to make it better with two might pop up
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16. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2609]
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Blueprints dice as buildings in a puzzle-y way
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17. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2609]
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Krakatoa the first us of dice as a dex game?
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18. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2609]
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Saikoro I figured it would be unlikely anyone got this one. It's an abstract game of building a path through the dice using their values as limitations. Anyway it has 62 red dice so I really couldn't leave it off
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19. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2609]
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Lords of Vegas, I thought more people might get this one. I actually kind of enjoy the crazy randomness of this game.
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20. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2609]
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21. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2609]
Board Game: Quarriors!
John Bandettini
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How could you miss this one?
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22. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2609]
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Here's one I thought would be represented on this list.
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23. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2609]
Board Game: Airships
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Here's another one. Hint: there's an 8 showing on one of the black dice.

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24. Board Game: Discoveries: The Journals of Lewis and Clark [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:690]
Board Game: Discoveries: The Journals of Lewis and Clark
Joe Huber

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Highlights of games played 8/4-8/17:

Been a bit busy of late, but still getting in enough gaming...

Machi Koro (Joe=29) - not so interesting, save that I played it four times in the past two weeks. I really continue to enjoy the base game as originally envisioned (with everything available).

Age of Assassins (Joe=2) - Muneyuki Yokouchi finally lets me down. Kind of. It's still not a bad game - but it's definitely my least favorite of his designs.

The Necessary Conditions for John H. Watson (Joe=1) - A bigger disappointment. It's not a bad game, but there's not enough to do, and the scoring is too sharp.

Don Q. (Joe=7) - I love this series from Edition Perlhuhn (Göttinger Spiele). I like the games - other than Don Q. und der Dreh mit den Windmühlen, which I really like - but the idea of a series of abstract games themed around Don Quixote is really quite appealing.

Discoveries: The Journals of Lewis and Clark (Joe=1) - As with Lorna, I was disappointed by the game. I _like_ it, but I had nowhere near the reaction I did with Lewis & Clark.

Minerva (Joe=9) - Wow, do I enjoy this game. Still clearly my favorite 2015 release so far.

Die Siedler von Catan: Der Schokoladenmarkt (Joe=95+, for all Die Siedler von Catan) - Michael requested Chocolate Settlers - one of the very few variants I actually own - and I was happy to oblige.

Café Melange (Joe=7) - I've been trying to get this to the table for a while. Good game - nice take on the "proof" game from their inventor.

Just because - my ten hottest games so far in 2015, using Matthew Gray's metric:

Bridge
Minerva
Witness
1846
Quartermaster General
The Voyages of Marco Polo
Age of Craft
Russian Railroads
Tricks & Deserts
Deep Sea Adventure
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25. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.31 Overall Rank:7] [Average Rating:8.31 Unranked]
Board Game: Twilight Struggle
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Board Game: Twilight Struggle

Twilight Struggle Playing online, 1x w/Steve, ongoing w/Roger
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