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December 05, 2003



I have a new goal in life: I must own this twenty-sider. Four to six-thousand U.S. dollars is beyond of my current seasonal shopping budget so I must bide my time but this twenty-sider, or one like it, will be mine. Oh yes, it will be mine (via Byzantium's Shores).

Circa 2nd Century A.D.
Deep blue-green in color, the large twenty-sided die incised with a distinct symbol on each of its faces
2 1/16 in. (5.2 cm.) wide

Several polyhedra in various materials with similar symbols are known from the Roman period. Modern scholarship has not yet established the game for which these dice were used.

And then... We are not the only ones with Roman twenty-sider envy (via Fred).

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 5, 2003 07:27 AM


Wow. I didn't know AD&D was so popular in the Imperium Romanum.

Posted by: Clayton Barnett at December 5, 2003 12:07 PM

I wonder what Brutus' Thac0 was...

Posted by: Chaos Overlord at December 5, 2003 12:23 PM

Good question. Remember to modify for his Dagger +1 (+2 vs Opponents stabbed in back).

Posted by: Nicholas Packwood at December 5, 2003 01:04 PM

Ok, totally off-topic but I still want the Hand of Vecna for my own.

Posted by: Nicholas Packwood at December 5, 2003 01:07 PM

No, it was for the Roman version of "Payrolls and Paychecks"!

Posted by: FredKiesche at December 5, 2003 07:08 PM

Back off, it's mine. I'll phone in your bid for you if you like. Or you give me half the money and you can have it on weekends... Well, odd weekends, with a full moon. During an eclipse.

Posted by: Smug Canadian at December 7, 2003 10:16 PM

Or when I roll a natural twenty?

Posted by: Nicholas Packwood at December 8, 2003 01:47 AM

So was there particular legions of Roman soldiers that were more nerdy that others? Or were nerds spread out all over the legions?

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge at December 8, 2003 05:02 AM

or would that be rolling a natural XX, I think Brutus needed a xvii To hit Armor Class 0

Posted by: Keith at December 8, 2003 11:50 AM

ooooooh, this is toooooo cool. Hmmmm, this makes Gygax a *lot* older than I thought he was.........

Posted by: Kat at December 8, 2003 01:06 PM