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robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2018 1:17 p.m. PST

It would appear, if the archaeologists and Fox news are correct, that "character building" dice have been with us at least 600 years.
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Yes, it's perfectly true that if you're trying to cheat with them you should probably put the two "4" sides opposite one another. But it may have been a first effort.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP16 Apr 2018 1:26 p.m. PST

Roman D20.
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Richard Brooks Sponsoring Member of TMP16 Apr 2018 2:41 p.m. PST

About 20 years ago at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC I saw an Egyptian display that had several dozen die on display. I could swear that at least one was a 20 sided die made of clay or bone as were the rest of the die. Over half the die were more than 6 sided.

Oberlindes Sol LIC16 Apr 2018 4:55 p.m. PST

Love that Roman d20.

Chris Wimbrow17 Apr 2018 6:57 a.m. PST

It's not necessarily cheating if everyone is using the same die or dice. Just adjusting the probabilities of a given result.

Mick the Metalsmith Inactive Member17 Apr 2018 7:53 a.m. PST

Some of these dice might have been for fortune telling too. I doubt they were cheater dice, no more than a 32 card deck of cards is a cheater deck. We just don't know the game.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP17 Apr 2018 8:32 a.m. PST

The oldest known dice are the D4 used for the Royal Game of Ur c.26002400 BCE. Three tips with a single mark, one tip not marked.

Dice were special when they were invented!

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP19 Apr 2018 4:40 a.m. PST

Ignorant primitives! Everyone nowadays knows you turn the 2 into a 5 …

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