SHAPING DICE

Muse Science Magazine for Kids|July/August 2020

SHAPING DICE
More faces, more fun?
Ivars Peterson

If you play board games, you’re used to rolling dice to move. Most of the time, the dice you use are cubes. Each die has six faces, and you have one chance in six of rolling a given number.

But a cube isn’t the only possible shape for dice. Fantasy games like Dungeons & Dragons use dice with four, eight, ten, twelve, or twenty identical faces. The 20-sided die is a shape called an icosahedron, made up of 20 equilateral triangles.

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July/August 2020