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Dice games have been played for centuries and area staple of the playground, board games, and casinos alike. This pocket guidespans the history of dice and offers clear explanations of popular dice games,including farkle (played since the Middle Ages), Gluckhaus (a German game offortune, played since the medieval era), craps, and Jacks! This guide alsoincludes tips on winning and how to avoid being tricked by loaded or crookeddice. Famous dice players, such as the Roman emperorsAugustus and Caligula, lost money playing dice and quickly stole other people'sto continue their gaming sprees. In the early nineteenth century, fortunescould be won and lost at the roll of a die and it was not only money which wasgambled away, but estates and even marriages. Full of fascinating facts anduseful tips, this is a must-read book for everyone interested in family fun,games, gambling, or social history. Did youknow? Dice derives from the Latin datum, meaning ought to be played The black marks showing the numbers are calledpips Dice were first played in India around 3000 bc Dice were originally made from bones,including knuckle and ankle bones Traditionally cubed, dice also come in othergeometric shapes, incuding the zocchihedron, the 100-sided die, and thedeltoidal icositetrahedron, where each side is shaped like a kite