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Dice Games Properly Explained Paperback – January 15, 2010
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This book is truly an amazing collection of dice games.
As I read each game, I wanted to play each one. I have children so therefore, the randomness of the dice has a great equalizing effect with adults.
But it covers the gamut of games from pure randomness (Lucky Scoring, Lucky Counter Games) to some slight strategic plays ( Betting Games, Progression Games, Jeopardy Games, Category (Yahtzee)) to a fair amount of skill (Bluffing Games).
He covers thoughts on dice and randomness as well as simple but engaging variants on the games.
Really inspirational for playing around with the mechanics of all games.
The only super-tiny-slight disappointment is there wasn't a category for a dice game like ButtonMen which merges planning as well as incorporating the range and probability of dice larger and smaller than the traditional d6.
Reiner Knizia is one of the premier card and board game designer in the western world today, and he delivers everything that one would expect and more in "Dice Games Properly Explained."
The books chapters are: lucky scoring games, lucky counter games, the theory of dice, betting games, progression games, jeopardy games, category games, and bluffing games.
In each of the games chapters, Reiner describes the basic genre and then gives workable examples of old favorites, lesser known, and new games.
The games are described with just the right balance of brevity and completeness to allow you to play all the games without having the book be a 3,200 page tome.
I highly recommend this book on any serious gamers bookshelf.