Weekly Challenge #5: 5 Euro Games in My Collection that Use Dice as a Mechanism
Dice in a euro game are always interesting. They usually require the player to have a good mix of strategic thinking so they can win the game but with the ability to tactically deal with the dice roll at any given moment. Even wiith some mitigation involved it's often the person who can make the most of what they roll that will take the day.
Here are 5 euro games that use dice as a key mechanism ordered by my personal preference. (Note, I like them all so being #5 doesn't mean it's a bad game.).
- #Teotihuacan: City of Gods: I love me a heavier weight euro. In this game the dice are your workers moving around the temple (basically a rondel) with the hook that the more dice and higher valued dice you bring to an action the more powerful the action is. After every action one or more of your dice go up in value. So there is no random rolling here but the dice value and when you increase the value is VERY important in this game. (Dice Use: Dice are your literal workers.)
- #Champions of Midgard: I think I could be debated a bit on this one vs the other games on the list but I really think Champions of Midgard is ok to be in this list. You are placing meeples on the board like a worker placement but one of the key mechanisms is acquiring dice (representing different types of warriors). During the combat phase you place those dice on the board and they go hunting, fight monsters across the land, or go on a sea voyage to fight monsters overseas. There is some reroll mechanism as well but with the expansions (highly recommend the valhalla expansion) your dice dying isn't always a bad thing. (Dice use: Dice are warriors and assigned to the board to hunt and kill monsters via rolling the dice themselves.)
- #Lorenzo il Magnifico: In this game dice of different colours are rolled and the players each have a representative of each colour. This means that everyone gets to use the same random results which is interesting. How can you best use the roll to work with your strategy? (Dice Use: The dice are rolled and all players use the same values.)
- #The Castles of Burgundy: The oldest game in my list. Each player rolls their two dice and they then can use the values in a variety of different ways. There is some mitigation to change the dice rolls and rolling high isn't always the best result. Definitely a fun game and one I never hesitate to put on the table. (Dice use: Everyone rolls their own 2 dice.)
- #Coimbra: In this game the different coloured dice are drafted. The colour of the dice and the value may impact what you can do during the round. I have played this one a few times and it's an interesting puzzle each game. (Dice use: Players draft from the same pool of coloured dice.)
It's interesting to note that all 5 games have a slightly different flavour of how the dice are used.
Do you have a favourite game in this category? Any you can recommend to me that aren't in my collection? Is there anything on my list that you feel doesn't belong here?