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The Pocket Guide to Dice & Dice Games


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Dice games have been played for centuries and are a staple of the playground, board games, and casinos alike. This pocket guide spans the history of dice and offers clear explanations of popular dice games, including farkle (played since the Middle Ages), Gluckhaus (a German game of fortune, played since the medieval era), craps, and Jacks! This guide also includes tips on winning and how to avoid being tricked by loaded or “crooked” dice. 

Famous dice players, such as the Roman emperors Augustus and Caligula, lost money playing dice and quickly stole other people’s to continue their gaming sprees. In the early nineteenth century, fortunes could be won and lost at the roll of a die and it was not only money which was gambled away, but estates and even marriages. Full of fascinating facts and useful tips, this is a must-read book for everyone interested in family fun, games, gambling, or social history. 

Did you know? • Dice derives from the Latin datum, meaning “ought to be played” 
• The black marks showing the numbers are called pips 
• Dice were first played in India around 3000 bc  
• Dice were originally made from bones, including knuckle and ankle bones 
• Traditionally cubed, dice also come in other geometric shapes, incuding the zocchihedron, the 100-sided die, and the deltoidal icositetrahedron, where each side is shaped like a kite 


Whether it’s a pastime or a passion, don’t miss this opportunity to learn everything you didn’t know about dice!

About the Author

Keith Souter, MD, is a part-time doctor, medical journalist, non-fiction author, and novelist. He has written over thirty books, including twelve novels in four different genres. His interests are very varied, from archaeology to zoology, which is reflected in the range of books he has written. 

Laura Matine is an illustrator based in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Since graduating from Cambridge School of Art, Laura has balanced her time between illustrating and running her own design company. She is also the illustrator of Medical Meddlers, Mediums and Magicians: The Victorian Age of Credulity.

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Souter, Keith
Skyhorse Publishing
Matine, Laura
General Games
Games-Casino Games
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8.25 x 5.5 in

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