It’s time for fun and games as we celebrate the iconic game piece that has played an integral role in countless hours of rainy day recreation. Dice Day, celebrated annually on December 4, honors all variations from six-sided cubes with pips to those displaying numbers, letters and symbols.
The earliest known dice dates back 5000 years and belonged to a backgammon game that was excavated from an archaeological site in the Middle East. Despite advancements in game development since that era, as well as the modern technology of computerized video games, dice are still included in today’s most popular board games.
The classics Monopoly, Sorry and Clue involve rolling dice to advance the game. Yahtzee uses dice to earn scoring points, Boggle’s lettered dice prompt word play, and from street corners to casino tables, the addictive luck of the dice makes Craps a popular gambling game.
Available in an assortment of colors, the fuzzy, plush design was suspended from rear view mirrors in automobiles for several years. Fortunately, that tacky fad ended, but the popularity of shaking, rattling and rolling continues to satiate gamers of all ages.
Celebrate Dice Day by hosting the ultimate game night. Allow guests to select their games of choice. Then wile away the evening engaging in rounds of each game. However, be warned in your choice of game. It can take hours before that final roll sends your opponents to the poorhouse.
It’s your move; I’ll go make another pot of coffee.