On the Origin of Ten-Sided Dice

Gryphon Magazine #3My system is based on the ten-sided dice. The 20-sided are better than they once were, but my first set was from the basic D&D set, and they quickly lost their edges. Here’s how Rudy Kraft introduced the new development in the Gryphon (Spring 1981), 3:4:

“Zocchi Distributors has developed a 10-sided die. This die is not a 20-sided die numbered from one to ten but a real live 10 sided die. (Actually there really are 20 sides but 10 of them are so tiny that the die won’t stop on them.) This die will be a real aid to role-playing gamers, as it is as good as a 20-sided die for most purposes, but it does not have the annoying 20-sider’s tendency to roll off the table. If there is a disadvantage to the die it is the two sharp point which could have and should have been eliminated in the same way as was done on the recent 4-sided die. At least these points don’t come to rest pointing straight up.”

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About lostdelights

An old gamer flying his freak flag, I've been playing table-top role-playing games since 1978. I've been building my own system (Journeyman) since 1981.
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