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Offline Karak Norn Clansman

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Roman Dice Tower
« on: May 24, 2018, 09:08:45 PM »
Courtesy of Bloodbeard, who shared this piece of news:


Quote from: Archaeologist Ticia Verveer
A Roman throwing tower found at Vettweiß-Froitz-heim in Germany. The sides have been worked open, so that the players could see the dice rolling. Invented to prevent cheating. Text on the back reads: utere felix vivas ('use it and live as a lucky man').

4th century

On the front it says Pictos victos hostis deleta ludite securi ('The Picts have been defeated, the enemy destroyed, play carefree').

The text refers to a Roman victory over the Picts in Scotland, north of Roman Britannia.

At LVR Museum, Bonn, Germany http://www.landesmuseum-bonn.lvr.de/en/startseite.html
https://www.wissenschaft.de/magazin/weitere-themen/roemer-und-kelten-im-museum/

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Re: Roman Dice Tower
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2018, 09:42:52 PM »
Interesting. :icon_biggrin: :icon_cool:
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Re: Roman Dice Tower
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2018, 11:48:44 PM »
Love it! Want
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Simple, You gut the bastard with your sword, the viking way.
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Get a binge of Yule ale, roasted boar and some proper axes and we will ALL be happy again!

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Can we just take a hammer to it, smash it into little bits.

Offline Zygmund

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Re: Roman Dice Tower
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2018, 05:56:07 AM »
Really cool find!

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Re: Roman Dice Tower
« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2018, 07:59:47 AM »
I was a bit puzzled by the grammatical irregularities  (the accusative pictos victos, and the feminine hostis), but those turn out be due to the board game Duodecim Scripta the pyrgus was intended for.

 I can easily imagine a WFB version.
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Re: Roman Dice Tower
« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2018, 01:08:54 PM »
I almost picked up my first dice tower this past weekend.  Not quite as cool as this one, but its in a museum. :::cheers:::
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Re: Roman Dice Tower
« Reply #6 on: May 25, 2018, 02:06:45 PM »
Love it! Want

Me too. I love this piece. :blush:
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Offline Gankom

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Re: Roman Dice Tower
« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2018, 11:52:24 PM »
This is pretty cool.  :::cheers::: :icon_cool:

Offline Karak Norn Clansman

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Re: Roman Dice Tower
« Reply #8 on: July 27, 2018, 11:22:46 AM »
Cheers! The Romans sure knew how to dice off. It shows up again and again in the classic works.