What’s Luck Got to Do With it- Great Dice Games

Richard Dracass | March 13, 2018

Just Roll With It


St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, so we thought it was fitting to take a look at some luck based games- specifically some of our favorite dice games!

Luck is a fundamental part of most games; whether it’s shuffling a deck, looking at a chart, or rolling a die, luck creates tons of different permutations of the outcome and encourages us to play the same games over and over again.

Dice are traditionally used in roleplaying games like Dungeons and Dragons and Pathfinder or in miniature wargames like Warhammer 40k, but dice are everywhere in board games. On BoardGameGeek there are 50 pages of results for filtering their database in the ‘dice’ category!

This year, we welcome Champions of Midgard from Grey Fox Games into the fray of games that will be played during the Unrivaled Tournament Series! Champions of Midgard has interactive elements of worker placement, as well as unique dice. During each turn, players can take dice from the board and use them to fight ancient Norse monsters to score points. Each die represents a different kind of warrior that are good at different aspects of combat – but each die must be able to fit on your boat and you have to have enough to feed them on the long journey.

Players enjoying King of Tokyo at the Unrivaled Seattle Pax party!

Last year we had iello Games King of Tokyo, an evergreen dice chucking game where players take on the large monsters and robots famous in kaiju-like films or alien invasions stories! Players vie for control of a single space, Tokyo, and try to fend off all their opponents simultaneously. Controlling Tokyo gains you more points, but it also paints a larger target on your back. The first player to 20 points wins, or you can try to outlast all the other monsters!

Roll for the Galaxy by Rio Grande Games takes the intuitive, modular design of Race for the Galaxy and creates something a bit more random. In this game, dice aren’t used to settle combat or to check against certain tests – instead it determines which phases of the game will be available to the players. The different icons represent special actions taken during the course of the turn, and players must allocate their dice in order to properly activate the action they need, but that also gives their opponents access as well!

We love dice, and there’s tons of ways to use them in games! Lots of dice are especially beautiful. You can check out Sagrada, which has been getting a lot of buzz recently, if you want a dice game that is exceptionally good to look at. If you’re interested in playing Champions of Midgard, make sure you ask your local game store to sign up for the new season of Unrivaled Tournaments here!


— William Sobel