Barcelona 2002 Colloquium

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Board Games in Academia V


Irving Finkel

On Some Unusual Types of Dice

Dice are the prequisite for a high proportion of the world's successful (and unsuccessful) board games. Their origins are obscure, although cubic dice, surely the most popular type, have been known and used since at least the fourth millennium BC.

This illustrated talk will look at the extraordinary range of traditional devices that have been used down the ages and across the world for this purpose, and will focus on some of the less well-known or unexpected techniques.


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