This piece published in BoingBoing examines the relatively unchanged place of dice in gaming and also looks at some recent innovations:
In five millennia, dice and their use have barely evolved. In 2004, archaeologists at an Iranian archaeological site known as The Burnt City found the oldest dice known to man. The 5,000 year-old stone cubes accompanied a Backgammon set — a game you can still buy today at Target — and used the same dot pattern familiar to modern gamers.
But a handful of game designers over the past decade have injected new life into this long-stagnant, but always reliable technology.
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