Here at Tales of a GM, I am running the 12 Days of Dicember project, a way for us to share our love of dice. Each day this month, until the twelfth, there is a new question to spark a conversation about the dice we love.
Which is your oldest die?
When I wrote this question I had a particular set of dice in mind. Then, as I discussed the project with my wife, I remembered another set of dice with an even older pedigree. Thus, I have TWO answers to this question.
My initial response to this question was to nominate the plastic polyhedral dice which were bundled in the Red Box Basic Dungeons and Dragons set I bought. I am sure this was 1983, as my friend was running the previous version of Basic for me. Looking back, these dice are poor quality and needed to be inked before use. Yet, they were all I had at the time, making these my oldest roleplaying dice.
Then I remembered my old copy of Risk. I have the Palitoy edition, which lacks a date I could find. According to BoradGame Geek, this is the 1973 edition, although it was probably not bought for me until 1975, or so. Either way, I am sure I have owned this for at least forty years. The dice appear to have stickers on the faces, and these are showing signs of wear. However, these dice have been in my collection for about six years longer than those plastic polyhedrals from TSR.
How about you?