I love Dice Wars. It’s a simple strategy game in which you navigate a regional map generated by directing piles of dice to roll against their neighbors.
I don’t know where the best place to play it is now that the Flash version will no longer work in browsers, but you could do worse than trying KDice. It’s Dice Wars but with online multiplayer.
I’ve played dozens and dozens of hours of Dice Wars vs. AI, and only a few hours of KDice against real people. It changes a lot of things.
Not the underlying rules, which remain the same. You start with a single territory on a largely unclaimed map. You direct your stacks of dice to capture neighboring territories, and your failure or victory in battles is determined by all of your dice rolled against all of their dice. At the end of each turn, your dice are replenished by an amount equal to the territory you hold.
These rolls encourage back-and-forth, as you weigh the risks of stretching out across multiple territories with the reward of being powerfully replenished if you hold those territories at the end of a turn.
The main thing that has changed while playing with other people is that other people are smarter than AI. The community of KDice is small and seems to include several players who have been playing it for years. I found them friendly, but they know your strategies, and given the tactical simplicity of the game, success comes down to guessing your opponent in second, third, and fourth. Or the luck of the roll of the dice.
Or – perhaps – the luck of your randomly assigned starting position. I haven’t played it enough to make a final judgment, but if you’re looking for a nice trash can to while away your time this weekend, KDice deserves more players. Registration is free.