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How Dice Rolling Affects Board Games

Aug 26, 2008
A random element is usually necessary to many different board games, since they cannot all rely on skill alone. One of the most common random elements which is important for any game usually comes in the form of movement around the board. This movement is usually made by having the player roll any number of dice and then move that number of spaces around the board. It is important to have the movement happen in this way for many games because, when many players are playing on the same skill level, this random chance is the only thing which will give any players an advantage over another.

Dice do have a number of uses, however, in a board game. They are not restricted solely to movement patterns. In the game of Risk, dice are what is used to determine the outcome of the battles which take place. Movement is not determined with Risk by dice, instead by the position of the players on the board. The random element is necessary to simulate war, in this case. Battles can often go any number of ways and it is important that this element can be captured effectively for an accurate game about war.

Risk even goes as far as to give the defenders in the game an advantage, something that the army on an occupying turf usually has. Any attacking army is given 2 dice to attack with, while the defenders are given 3, giving them a better chance of rolling better numbers in which they can defeat the attack. This random element really allows outcomes to be unpredictable and while planning an effective campaign is the best way to win the war, the random outcomes of battles can give players a run for their money.

Dungeons and Dragons is another form of game that often uses a random element from dice, usually for battles as well. However, a great number of dice are usually required for a normal game of Dungeons and Dragons. Each player has different skill levels with this game and, depending on the battles being fought at any given time, those dice may be added to or even subtracted from. There are times when over 10 dice will need to be rolled at any one given moment in a typical Dungeons and Dragons game, making it important that a great number are available. The random elements that dice rolling brings to the game here vary greatly and allow the game to have an element of unpredictability and excitement.

As previously stated, however, dice very often are used for movement around the board. This allows players to race each other from location to location, completing the tasks or gaining the knowledge that they need to gain. The effect of dice can come in handy for players who are struggling behind, as some poor rolls by other players can allow these players to quickly catch up. The random dice rolls bring an element of intensity to any game, transforming the game from a simple guessing game into one of high stakes and just a little luck. Dice can be very important to the success of any entertainment venture and any player, if not already familiar with the use of dice, should play a game that features some!
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Victor Epand is an expert consultant for board games, chess boards, and dungeons and dragons miniatures. You will find all these things and more if you visit dice in board games, chess boards, and dungeons and dragons miniatures.
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