Dice games have been played for centuries and are a staple of the playground, board games, and casinos alike. This pocket guide spans the history of dice and offers clear explanations of popular dice games, including farkle (played since the Middle Ages), Gluckhaus (a German game of fortune, played since the medieval era), craps, and Jacks! This guide also includes tips on winning and how to avoid being tricked by loaded or “crooked” dice.
Famous dice players, such as the Roman emperors Augustus and Caligula, lost money playing dice and quickly stole other people’s to continue their gaming sprees. In the early nineteenth century, fortunes could be won and lost at the roll of a die and it was not only money which was gambled away, but estates and even marriages. Full of fascinating facts and useful tips, this is a must-read book for everyone interested in family fun, games, gambling, or social history.
Did you know?Dice derives from the Latin datum, meaning “ought to be played”
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Dr. Keith Souter was born in St. Andrews, Scotland, and studied medicine at Dundee University. He is a part-time doctor, medical writer, and novelist. Using his own name and a few pen names, he has published over thirty books, including twelve novels in four different genres. In 2006, he won the Fish Prize for one of his historical short stories.
Laura Matine is an illustrator based in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Since graduating from Cambridge School of Art, Laura has balanced her time between illustrating and running her own design company. She is also the illustrator of Medical Meddlers, Mediums and Magicians: The Victorian Age of Credulity.Review:
Contains their history and clear explanations to popular dice games, including Farkle (played since the Middle ages), Gluckhaus (a German game of fortune, played since medieval times), and craps and jacks. It also includes tips on winning and how to avoid being tricked by loaded or 'crooked' dice. This is a must read book for everyone interested in games, gambling and social history. - Antiques Diary Is full of little juicy items, as well as containing a broad history of a pursuit that has been played in various forms and all around the world down the centuries and - for some perhaps more usefully - offering tips on winning and how to avoid being tricked by cheats using loaded or crooked dice. - Evergreen
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