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Acharnement18 Sep 2008 8:35 a.m. PST

I've got a pair of white d6's from Avalon Hill's Richthofen's War that I bought in 1976. Some of you grognards may remember the slightly rounded edges with small pips. The faces have little teeny cracks all over them but they should be good for many years to come.
And you?

thosmoss18 Sep 2008 8:37 a.m. PST

I have a d20 from '76, back in the day you paid extra for plastic designed to last. There are plenty of d6's stolen from AH games dating back to '72, I think …

Grimmnar18 Sep 2008 8:39 a.m. PST

Armory Mug O' Dice back in the day. Do the math. :-)


Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian18 Sep 2008 8:39 a.m. PST

@ 35 years. A GameScience D20 (well it was, now more a ball)

Jay Wirth Fezian Inactive Member18 Sep 2008 8:39 a.m. PST

My personal set I still use is the same dice I purchased in 1987.

Personal logo Murphy Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Sep 2008 8:47 a.m. PST

D6s from Avalon Hills "Starship Troopers" from 1978…in fact I still have some of the game sheets around…

Zagloba18 Sep 2008 8:52 a.m. PST

Dice specifically for gaming, I still have my polyhedral set from red box D&D I got 27 years ago.


Dave Gamer18 Sep 2008 8:53 a.m. PST

I have some wooden D6's from my parent's old backgammon set which would have been purchased in the late 1950's.

Caesar Inactive Member18 Sep 2008 8:57 a.m. PST

My oldest dice are 24 years old. D&D basic set dice with crayon shoved into the numbers to make them stand out.

Bob in Edmonton18 Sep 2008 8:58 a.m. PST

I too have polyhedral's from a blue D&D box in about 1980.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2008 9:05 a.m. PST

I have dice from Avalon Hill games purchased in early 60's.

richarDISNEY Inactive Member18 Sep 2008 9:05 a.m. PST

A full set of polys… 1979. I still got 'em too. Not only is the d20 looking round, even the d4 is looking haggard…

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2008 9:08 a.m. PST

I have no idea. Potentially from 1958 when I started gaming seriously. Or maybe from an old Monopoly set when they started to put dice in them again after the war. I'm looking at my collection now and there is some wooden ones that look as if they came out of the Arc.


vtsaogames18 Sep 2008 9:08 a.m. PST

An average die from the early 70s.

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian18 Sep 2008 9:19 a.m. PST

AH die from around '72, a set of polyhedrals from '78. The D20 has worn almost round and when last used in a group became known as the "die of death", as one died of old age waiting for it to stop.

BTCTerrainman Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2008 9:22 a.m. PST

I have a bunch of dice (all types) from over 30 years ago. Many of them had to be "marked" with the old dice markers so you could read the numerals.

Cufflink Inactive Member18 Sep 2008 9:23 a.m. PST

I've still got the D6's from my TSR minigames (SAGA, Revolt on Antares, etc), and the dice in my old copy of Escape from Colditz. And I've still got my first ever poly dice, the cheap plastic ones from the Basic D&D set (Erol Otus cover)that you had to colour with the crayon that was provided.

Jovian1 Inactive Member18 Sep 2008 9:29 a.m. PST

The oldest dice I have are a pair of original craps dice – still in their protective foil covering with the guarantee on them that they are within 1/10,000 of an inch of being perfectly square from my Grandfather's casino which burned down in the 1940's right after it was seized by the government. (wonder how THAT happened?!?) I even have a few with the imprint of "The Mint" craps dice from the old casino – so gaming dice, but not GAMING dice so to speak. I also have one pair which I use on occasion for gaming in D6 games. So, these dice would be between 60 and 70 years old give or take.

Personal logo Gungnir Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2008 9:35 a.m. PST

100 years at least, it's carved out of bone, I got it at an antiques place.

Logopolis Inactive Member18 Sep 2008 9:37 a.m. PST

20 years, still have the ones I first started with playing D&D

Historicalgamer Inactive Member18 Sep 2008 9:42 a.m. PST

I have one pair that I have used since 1975.

Huscarle Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2008 9:45 a.m. PST

Still have most of my dice from the early – mid 70s, including my D&D dice set, although the d20 is closer to a ball, Risk 5d6 (excellent, & no signs of wear), & my 2 wargaming average dice.

Personal logo Wyatt the Odd Supporting Member of TMP Fezian18 Sep 2008 9:51 a.m. PST

My original polyhedrals pre-date my getting into gaming. My mother bought a set as an "educational" toy and I think these are the same source that TSR used about 2 years after I got them when they rolled out the Blue Box. So, that had to be about 1974.

Other dice I have are from the 1950's but they were part of board games like "Skunk"


Jovian1 Inactive Member18 Sep 2008 9:54 a.m. PST

I wonder who bought those Roman era dice which were on auction at Sotheby's – and whether he will use the polyhedral die in gaming or just let it sit on a display shelf! Surely he'd win the "oldest" die contest – at least 1,500 years old IIRC.

Richard Humm18 Sep 2008 9:56 a.m. PST

A set of Zocchi polyhedra I bought when I started playing D&D in late 1977. Still in pretty good condition after 31 years.

Irish Marine Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2008 10:09 a.m. PST

D&D box set from 1979.

Skeets Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2008 10:23 a.m. PST

I don't recall where they came from, but I have a pair of wooden dice from a game by brother and I used to play when we were VERY young!!!!!!!!!!!

slobberblood Inactive Member18 Sep 2008 10:32 a.m. PST

30 years…

Personal logo Sue Kes Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2008 10:39 a.m. PST

We have a couple of D6's msde out of my sister's play bricks from the early 1950's. As for gaming dice, our earliest date to 1970 – they were the first D20 dice available to us in the UK.

Parzival18 Sep 2008 10:42 a.m. PST

Probably the wood "Parcheesi" dice from my parent's game cabinet… though, come to think of it, I may have given those back. But I definitely still have two sets of red Yahtzee dice they must have bought in the early '70s.

As for sure-enough-intended-for-wargaming dice, I have a set of polyhedrals I got circa 1979 for use with D&D (when it still came with chits). One bright teal-blue d20, randomly colored with black permanent marker to note the 11-20 range, one ecru d8, one black d4 (crayoned numbers), one bright green d6 with numbers arranged non-standard (not that it mattered), and a light blue d12 (though I think that may have come later…). And they still work! grin

has left TMP for good Inactive Member18 Sep 2008 11:05 a.m. PST

A purple d20 that I literally found laying around a library in 1980. I still use for special occasions.

Mike G Inactive Member18 Sep 2008 11:35 a.m. PST

I suspect from 1974 and I still have them. Dice never get old, they just get better with age.


advocate18 Sep 2008 11:36 a.m. PST

A pair of percentile dice from about 1974 or so. I also have one or two dice from SPI games from around the same time.

Baggy Sausage Inactive Member18 Sep 2008 11:58 a.m. PST

The oldest die I bought and still have was from 1970. It is wood painted red with inset gold painted pips.

The oldest dice I have was handed down to me by my grandfather. Five real ivory dice with black pips and they are in a leather tumbler cup. He used them in his late teens/early 20s to gamble. I am guessing around 1930.

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP18 Sep 2008 11:59 a.m. PST

I may still have one or two of the ugly, brown, uninked dice from the magenta-boxed D&D basic boxed set I bought at JC Penny's(!) in 82'.

But the oldest I have kept up with are the Zocchi 'gem' dice I got at the TG&Y (again, of all places; what ever happened to the day when you could buy minis at a department store/discount house?)soon after. I thought they were the coolest things *ever*, and I took care not to wear the edges (many polyhedrals having sharp edges then).

The dice pack had two backing cards stapled together, and there was a coupon on the back you could send two proof-of-purchases (how fortuitous!) in for a free Zocchi catalog, which I promptly did. It had a ringwraith on the cover.

Having no "serious" game store anywhere nearby, this opened up a new world for me, to be sure :D

Slave2Darkness Inactive Member18 Sep 2008 12:07 p.m. PST

I have 2 D6 from a 1939 Monopoly game that belonged to my grand parents.

Alxbates18 Sep 2008 12:08 p.m. PST

Just a scootch over 20 years old – a set of Polyhedrons from the 1982 or 83 blue boxed set of Basic D&D that my folks got for me in Kintergarten. I still have most of them, although I'm sure I'm missing a few.

OldGrenadier at work18 Sep 2008 12:49 p.m. PST

I've got the dice from an old wargame bought around 1975. The game is actually still around somewhere as well.

Martin Rapier18 Sep 2008 12:50 p.m. PST

I've got bazillions of old AHGC D6s, plus my old D&D dice whcih came with the white box set. Oldest dice I still use are a pair of very, very old average dice. No idea where they came from, but they date back to the early 70s.

Personal logo Dances With Words Supporting Member of TMP Fezian18 Sep 2008 12:52 p.m. PST

which ones? the ones with ROMAN NUMERALS or the one's with SANSKRIT characters on them????

actually…I have some 6 siders from my folks 'Yatzee' set that are probably 40? years old….most of my others were picked up between 76 and 82…(though I 'lost' my ZOCCIHEDRON, darnit!!!)…

sgt DWW-btod

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP18 Sep 2008 12:57 p.m. PST

I really have no idea. Dice come, dice go.

Angus Wargames Club Inactive Member18 Sep 2008 1:08 p.m. PST

I've a roman die made from bone which my other half got fir me while she was on holiday in York.


The Monstrous Jake18 Sep 2008 1:23 p.m. PST

Hmmm, first for me would have been the d6 that came with Avalon Hill's Panzerblitz, Christmas 1976. Years later when I started collecting a lot of old board wargames I picked up games with dice dating back to the 1960's.

First purchase of polyhedral dice for role-playing games would have been in the tiny games shop in Ipswich in 1981, which is also when I started buying wargaming and RPG miniatures.

ming31 Inactive Member18 Sep 2008 1:32 p.m. PST

A set o 5 d6's in a leather case , my brother found at a garage sale . I have had the set over 20 years

Ron W DuBray18 Sep 2008 2:21 p.m. PST

first D+D dice set that came with the game from back in 1978 or 79

Pat Ripley Fezian18 Sep 2008 2:24 p.m. PST

wooden dice from 50's

Only Warlock Inactive Member18 Sep 2008 3:06 p.m. PST

1978- Avalon Hill's "Bismarck"
1979- TSR D&D Polyhedral Dice

streetline Inactive Member18 Sep 2008 3:21 p.m. PST

Crappy flaking pale blue plastic ployhedrals from the early 80s are my first dice. I've probably bought old wooden ones from car boots that are older though.

mullah phil Inactive Member18 Sep 2008 5:23 p.m. PST

Do the six dice in my Risk game from 1966 count? Wooden pieces, as well.

Jake B Inactive Member18 Sep 2008 6:06 p.m. PST

I do have some well-used 40 year old wooden dice around, but I'm trying to reunite them with their original board games.

I think I still have all but one of my first polyhedral dice from the blue box D&D set. They are awfully worn around the edges though, so the dice I actually use now include only new dice from the last 15-20 years or so.

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