I'm new at modern board-games, basically, and I got Eldritch Horror as a present.

I love the test resolution system where you through n number of dice and the number of 5 or 6 determines if a test is passed or failed.

Is their any other board game that use exactly this system (by exactly, I mean throughing n dice, then counting the number of 5 or 6)? Does Arkham horror use the same system for instance?


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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is asking for a list of games with a feature Jan 15, 2015 at 19:44
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    Arkham Horror does in fact use the same pass/fail system of 5-6 pass, 1-4 fail. Jan 15, 2015 at 19:46
  • There is a close vote option labelled "Game recommendation questions are off topic [...]". I'm not sure how this question deviates from that template such that it requires a custom reason.
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    Jan 16, 2015 at 19:20

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Hello and welcome to the world of modern board games. The mechanism you are talking about is a common mechanism for a number of board games.

You are correct that Arkham Horror uses this exact mechanism.

Other games use a similar mechanism:

  • Summoner Wars - uses a 6 sided die for combat but here you typically hit on a 3+
  • Eclipse - uses a 6 sided die for combat but here you initially only hit on a 6

I'm quite positive there are dozens more that could be listed, but those were the first games that came to mind that I was familiar with.

  • Betrayal (at House on the Hill) has modified dice with two blank faces, two 1's and two 2's. This is equivalent to rolling a d6 where a 3 or 4 counts as a success, and a 5 or 6 counts as two successes.
    – Hao Ye
    Jan 15, 2015 at 18:09

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