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Valdar
12-03-2009, 04:24 PM
Anyone have a few grand for a die that just went up for sale?

http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/lot_details.aspx?intObjectID=4205385

Also, if anyone hears anything about someone interested in making a replica, that would be cool to find out about-

Datenshi_noh_Kai
12-03-2009, 04:47 PM
The die looks interesting, I like the ancient look. However, I feel bad for whoever actually pays that much for a d20...

Don't get me wrong though, if I had it to spare I'd buy it. :smokin:

Valdar
12-03-2009, 05:40 PM
Note the providence- that die looks ancient because it is. Whether or not the Romans played D&D, it's clear they had polyhedral dice.

Something else to note is the size- that die is as big as a mandarin orange..

yukonhorror
12-03-2009, 05:54 PM
well an icosahedron is a platonic (as in Plato) solid. It represented water. So it may have some significance in that respect.

Off topic:

tetrahedron (1d4) - fire
cube (1d6) - earth
octahedron (1d8) - air
dodecahedron (1d12) - cosmos/space
icosahedron (1d20) - water

cplmac
12-03-2009, 06:54 PM
Just a "little" outside of my price range.

Bearfoot_Adam
12-03-2009, 07:36 PM
I already got one. :)

Arkhemedes
12-03-2009, 07:37 PM
At last, the secret is out. RPGs are much older than most people realize!

DMMike
12-03-2009, 07:52 PM
"Modern scholarship has not yet established the game for which these dice were used."

Guess we don't count as scholars, gang.

I'd like to suggest a game though:
"Which god to worship today?"
or
"Roll the fate of the slave!"

or maybe they were REALLY primitive, and used the d20 to establish their ability scores.

Grandore The Giant Killer
12-04-2009, 06:19 AM
For that price they better throw in a d12,d10,d100,d6,d8,and a d4 as well!

Farcaster
12-04-2009, 01:24 PM
It would be an awesome little artifact to own for any roleplayer though. I wonder who the buyer ended up being and if they understood the significance of a twenty sided die to the modern world.

Slipstream
12-04-2009, 01:27 PM
That is kinda beautiful. It's the gamer's holy grail. Grab your fedora's ladies and gentlemen!

cplmac
12-04-2009, 08:18 PM
That is kinda beautiful. It's the gamer's holy grail. Grab your fedora's ladies and gentlemen!

Slip, all you are missing is the Indiana Jones music.

Dr.Dead
12-05-2009, 12:10 AM
Ya if I had the money I would not spend it on that it would be cheaper just to make a replica but still I would stick with my plastic die.

Look at the price for Shipping & Handling I bet as soon as you roll it if not touch it it turns to dust.
Or its just bad luck for you.:lol:

But I think its cool the had d20 dice back then.

nijineko
12-05-2009, 12:35 AM
well an icosahedron is a platonic (as in Plato) solid. It represented water. So it may have some significance in that respect.

Off topic:

tetrahedron (1d4) - fire
cube (1d6) - earth
octahedron (1d8) - air
dodecahedron (1d12) - cosmos/space
icosahedron (1d20) - water

link, please?

interesting that they had d20's that far back... i'll have to share this with some of my gaming friends. =D

Mindbomb
12-05-2009, 02:51 AM
link, please?

interesting that they had d20's that far back... i'll have to share this with some of my gaming friends. =D
Bump

Soft Serve
12-05-2009, 08:56 AM
That's pretty HxC. Go rome.

tesral
12-10-2009, 05:54 PM
The five platonic solids have been known for a long time. The die has been for sale for a while. I remember that from a couple of years back.

yukonhorror
12-10-2009, 06:36 PM
link, please?

interesting that they had d20's that far back... i'll have to share this with some of my gaming friends. =D

maybe wikipedia. I learned this in geometry when I was a sophomore in HS. ~13 yrs ago.

Xandros
12-20-2009, 01:02 PM
Perhaps they used the die to play a roleplaying game where they fantasized about what it would be like to live in the future, in the 21st century.

Soft Serve
12-21-2009, 01:14 AM
Perhaps they used the die to play a roleplaying game where they fantasized about what it would be like to live in the future, in the 21st century.


I bet the setting for that looked a lot like Rome and Egypt being the main rulers of the world.

Or an awkward god-like race or something...