Posted by Doug on February 14, 2009
The Japanese word for a die or dice is saikoro. The reason I bring this up I will get to shortly.
Needless to say, as an individual who has an interest in traditional roleplaying games (like Dungeons & Dragons), I have a growing collection of dice—not merely the six-sided variety that most people are familiar with, but four-, eight-, ten-, twelve-, and twenty-sided, which are used in the TRPGs for a variety of different tasks (which I will not elaborate upon in this post).
I found me a set of five ten-sided dice, with their sides labeled いち, に, さん, し, ご, ろく, しち, はち, きゅう, and じゅう—one through ten in Japanese, written in hiragana.
As you can clearly see, they’re a little bigger than most other d10s, and about half again as heavy, but they have a respectable roll, and the hiragana are easily readable…well, they would be readable if I could, you know, read Japanese. What I mean is that the writing can be clearly seen. In any case, I don’t see them serving any practical use. I just bought them because I thought they were cool.
What would be cooler would be a d20, imperial red, with 1 through 20 written in white kanji…to Amazon I go!