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Everything about dice

Here you will find trivia, history, and everything else you ever wanted (or didn't care to) know about dice.

Types of dice

When you hear the word "dice," it generally means the standard six-sided die that is commonplace in most dice and board games alike, though there are many varieties of dice. And though there can be any number of different symbols printed on the faces of dice, the most common are the “dots” called pips. Pips are holes drilled or etched slightly into the face of the die, representing numbers one through six. Regulation dice, the kind used in TBG Player’s Sessions, are made so the opposing faces add up to seven. For example, if you are looking at the one face, the number on the other side should be six. Therefore, the one, two, and three faces are obligated to meet. This is where the terms right-handed and left-handed dice come from. If you hold a die by the corners so that you can see the one, two, and three faces simultaneously, the numbers should run either clockwise or counterclockwise. If they go counterclockwise, the die is right-handed. If they go clockwise, the die is left-handed.

Right-handed die
Left-handed die

Western and Eastern dice

Most historical research agrees that dice were invented in East Asia, and as such, there are notable variations in the dice used there verses the Western World. While both area use standard six-sided dice, eastern dice are generally smaller with larger, closer together pips, while western dice (especially casino dice) are larger with smaller pips that are closer to the edges. Many East Asian cultures believe that four is an unlucky number, and that red brings good luck. Therefore, many eastern dice have red pips on the number four. The one pip is also larger(and often red as well), which may or may not counteract small weight variations between sied, giving slightly uneven odds, but more on that later.