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Through the Ages

After 2018 proved to be the biggest year yet for the dice-chucking craze, we look back on a burgeoning gaming genre with over half a century of history

ROLL-AND-WRITE

Last September, organisers held the first ever Roll-and-Write Global Jam where participants spent a week creating a game from scratch to be judged by a panel of veteran designers. Criteria for the jam established that submitted games should contain no more than six dice and a few sheets of paper for players to write on. Winners used the limited guidelines – and the jam’s “Autumn” theme – to put together fully-playable experiences that put interesting twists on a decades-old genre.

In 1956, Yahtzee established a new style of game that involved rolling dice and scoring different combinations of the results, such as three-ofa- kind, full house and the titular five matching cubes. Before being marketed on its own, however, Yahtzee was included in a set of dice games called Luck that became popular in the early 1940s. The designer who picked it up for sale on its own was Edwin S. Lowe, who also gave the US bingo.

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