Observed annually on December 4, Dice Day celebrates all variations of the iconic cubes, from traditional six-sided with pips to those displaying letters and symbols.
Excavated from an archaeological site in the Middle East, the earliest was part of a backgammon set dating back 5000 years. Advancements in game development have evolved but dice still play a major role in today’s most popular games.
Monopoly is a classic that involves rolling dice to advance. Games such as Yahtzee use them to score points, Boggle uses lettered dice to prompt word play and from household tables to casino tables, the addictive luck of the dice makes craps a popular gambling game.
Back in the day, it dangled from rear view mirrors in automobiles. The tacky fad came to an end but the popularity of shaking, rattling and rolling until winning streaks run out continues to satiate gamers of all ages.
Celebrate Dice Day and while away the evening playing board games. Be warned in your choices, however. It can take hours before the final throw in Monopoly sends your opponents to the poor house. It’s your move; I’ll brew another pot of coffee.