hist-games: "Seven-sided Backgammon" reconstruction now up
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Mon May 6 06:32:17 PDT 2002
SEDWilkins at aol.com wrote:
> In a message dated 5/3/2002 10:28:40 AM Eastern Daylight Time, Jim wrote:
> > As for his 7-side die, I gave it a thousand rolls and it
> > gave reasonable results. He said that that had been his design
> > method - cut a length of a pentagonal prism, roll it for a while,
> > and adjust the length depending on whether "end" or "side" was
> > too common.
> Hmm. I think I'm picturing something else.
> The 7-sided die in the Alphonse ms. for the "Zodiac" game appears to be long
> and narrow--I don't think the "ends" are in play at all. Whichever side comes
> up determines which ring the player moves in.
> Unless, of course, I missed the point at the beginning of the discussion . . .
On another page of the MS http://games.rengeekcentral.com/F84V.html (I
just fixed the broken link the image wasn't displayed for a while) there
appears that there may have been two forms of 7-siders
a "log" or stave die with seven sides and what looks like pointed ends,
A short pentagonal version that had two 5-sided faces and and 5
Anyone have a translation of the text on preceeding, or following pages
for a discription of that illustration?
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