Each year on December 4th, National Dice Day recognizes and ancient gaming tool. Many games incorporate dice as a way to add random challenges or obstacles to the objectives.
Players typically throw dice onto a flat surface from their hands or a cup. The value of the throw is determined by the uppermost face of the die after it has come to rest. One popular dice game is craps where wagers are made on the total value of the throw of the dice. Frequently used in board games, dice are used to randomize a player’s moves, commonly by deciding the distance a piece will move on a board. Favorite board games using dice are backgammon and Monopoly.
The origin of dice is uncertain. However, it is known that they have been around for thousands of years. At the Burnt City, an archaeological site in south-eastern Iran, the oldest known dice were excavated as part of a 5000-year-old backgammon set.
Dice were originally made from the talus (ankle bone) of hoofed animals. Ivory, wood, and plastics are other materials used in making dice. They also come in many shapes and colors.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalDiceDay
Play a game using dice. Or hang those fuzzy dice on the rear-view mirror. If you have two die, you might be in pair o’ dice. Use #NationalDiceDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL DICE DAY HISTORY
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