The Essentials – #RPGaDay 2017, Day 27

August is RPGaDay month. Yep, a month solid of RPG-related posts, answering these questions: Today’s question is this: What are your essential tools for good gaming? When I was younger, there was a time when I used to feel like I needed everything on hand for running a game. This was in the long-ago Forgotten […]

How to Play Hazard (The Dice Game)

Here’s something I came across researching the book project I’m working on right now, set in early Georgian London: hazard, a dice game with crazy rules, though it’s the ancestor of the simplified dice game craps, which I’m pretty sure is familiar to anyone reading this. Kristen Koster has a reasonably good summary of the […]

d12 of Divination, d4 of Sheep-Ankle

You know those ancient d20s they found in Roman and Greco-Egyptian excavations?   Well, this isn’t as cool as that, but I’ve just run across a reference (in Jim Baker’s The Cunning Man’s Handbook, which I posted about recently) to a Renaissance-era d12, and it was used for… divination, of course. (Dice seem to have been used both in divination and […]