bgkdavis

759591. Fri Nov 12, 2010 5:55 am 


antonyg wrote:  When I posted my first message, I never suspected that it would generate so many responses, of such variety.
May I suggest that, with bgkdavis's learned input, and the replies it generated, this topic has more or less run its course.
Except to say again, as Tom (tchrist) wishes, that a d10 is not a regular polyhedron. 
oooh I wouldn't say that the topic of dice has entirely run its course, as has been correctly pointed out there is a whole world of non numeric dice...
Interestingly a couple of people have used the D10, and D4 notation for describing dice.... I deliberatly avoided this notation because it can get misleading, as the Dnn notation refers to the number range and not the the number of sides.... there are actually 8 sided D4s, 20 sided d10s and 6 sided d3s
This means that to the pedant the repeated statement "A d10 is not a regular polyhedron.", is actually incorrect, yes a 10 sided dice is not one of the platonic solids and not a regular polyhedron, but there are actually 20 sided d10s, and a 20 sided polyhedron is one of the platonic solids
...BTW maybe I should mention I actually posses a pretty large collection of dice, at last count there were about 1,500 generic dice, and if you discount those that differ solely by size and colour I have about 200 of unique shape and numbering, and that's not including the non generic dice, ie dice that are uniquely designed for a specific game. 




mckeonj

759603. Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:54 am 


Not dice in the strict sense of being a member of the regular polyhedra; but I recall a popular game in my schooldays was called HOWZTHAT. It was a dicing game based on cricket, the 'dice' were two short lengths od hexagon section steel bar, one engraved with numbers of runs 0 1 2 3 4 6; the other with words describing decisions. The other requirement was a cricket score sheet. This game could be bought, or improvised by cutting up a pencil.
This is not to be confused with HOWZAT, which is an online multiplayer real action game.*
http://howzat.com/
*Not SPAM, added by me for disambiguation 




Celebaelin

759604. Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:56 am 


mckeonj wrote:  The purpose of this die is not known, my guess is that it was used for divination rather than gaming. 





suze

759692. Fri Nov 12, 2010 12:35 pm 


bgkdavis wrote:  I deliberatly avoided this notation because it can get misleading, as the Dnn notation refers to the number range and not the the number of sides.... there are actually 8 sided D4s, 20 sided d10s and 6 sided d3s. 
What, then, ought to be the nomenclature for the ten sided die which is numbered from 0 to 9? 




Ameena

759747. Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:10 pm 


One of those kinds of d10s (the singledigit, 09 ones) could also technically be referred to as a "units" die, I suppose, since it serves as the units for rolling a "d100"...not a literal, 100sided die, but two d10ss, one numbered from 1000 (or 0010 if you prefer), and the other numbered, as mentioned, 10 or 09). 




bgkdavis

759826. Sat Nov 13, 2010 2:46 am 


I'm not aware of a special designation for a 09 D10 verses a 110.... but 09 numbering is by far the most common numbering for a D10, and you can decide whether the 0 is a 10 or 0 depending on the game rules.
As pointed out, the 1000 number dice is usually used in conjunction with a 09 dice and together they are known as a D100 , or percentile dice. 




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