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Dice Games Properly Explained Paperback – January 15, 2010
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The author is extremely knowledgable. For example, he lists all the different names for each game. This is important because so many dice games go under different names in different localities. The index is complete so you can easily look up any game under whatever name it may be known to you.
The game strategy advice is well thought out. It's authoritative and based on statistics but still easy to follow.
This is the first really thorough book on dice games in many years (good older titles are by Scarne and Frey). I recommend it highly to anyone who wants to have some fun and learn a bit too.
Throughout the book, he presents each game clearly and concisely, follows that presentation with strategy tips and (frequently) his own personal variations.
So if you have any love for math puzzles, probability, or dice games, order a copy of this book today!
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.
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.
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Looks like a good book and will be great fun on a rainy or snowy day. came in a timely fashion.Published on February 5, 2013 by Annabelle
When I purchased these dice I did not know what the quality would be. I am pleased to see they seem to be of good quality and do what dice need to so...Winner!Published on February 22, 2011 by Barbara E. Verchot
Knizia has a well earned reputation of gaming quality. this book lives up to the expectations created by his name. Read morePublished on September 4, 2010 by J. Lugo