GAMING: D20 predates D&D by 2000 years


If you thought ancient Romans were cool, with their back alley dice games, check out the Egyptians who were rolling the d20 thousands of years before fighting off giant dragons was a gleam in Gary Gygax’s eye.

The dice pictured above dates somewhere between 304 and 30 B.C. during the Ptolemaic Period.  Of course back then, people were actually fighting dragons and demons on a daily basis, so I have absolutely no idea what the Egyptians used the die for, but the RPG type game has been around for much longer than people believe, at least according to the book, “Playing the World” by Jon Peterson.

The dice are now part of a collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.