Medieval dice for medieval war games?

By Rob Morgan

On the subject of wargames, it seems the dice we use in gaming today are the same as the dice Roman soldiers threw at the foot of the cross. But, according to a note I found by Irving Finkel, the British Museum’s expert on board games through the ages, in medieval times dice were often different. Still six-sided, but 1 was opposite 2, 3 opposite 4, and 5 opposite 6.

It crossed my mind that this format might lend itself to “loading” a little easier, but I haven’t worked that idea out yet. Anyone happen to know where you can buy medieval dice these days? It might make my cogs and galleys fight better — authentic too. I suppose I could make some, of course, but not loaded!

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2 Responses to Medieval dice for medieval war games?

  1. Paul Le Long says:

    I don’t know where you can buy Medieval dice but I found a set of (I think 5) D6 with Roman numerals in a charity shop – they were part of a remade Roman gambling game – I think I paid about 50p for the lot. I use them whenever I play Roman wargames…I’m tragic that way….

  2. JAird says:

    I’d use historical themed dice – why not? It’s when you start wearing pith helmets or horned “viking” hats that it’s time to start worrying !


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