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comment At what point did polyhedral dice become part of D&D?
OE doesn't say that d20s are optional whereas Chainmail is required. In fact it lists both under "Equipment" on p5 of "Men & Magic", and that list doesn't break things down into what's optional versus required. For the dice it says "the following different kinds of dice are needed: 1 pair 4-sided, 1 pair 8-sided," etc. "Needed" sounds to me like the implication is polyhedral dice are required. And there are all kinds of rolls in OE that require polyhedral dice.
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comment At what point did polyhedral dice become part of D&D?
I think you're reading that quote there about the "causal chain" a bit differently than its author intended. The best deduction that can be made from the evidence is what generally passes for historical fact, and is vastly preferable to statements along the lines of, "I think this happened." The evidence clearly contradicts the stories above (like Wesely finding the dice in a catalog and showing Gary, say). The blog account demonstrates that Arneson didn't have dice in the Blackmoor era, and that Wesely didn't use them in Strategos N/Braunstein. They didn't come from the Twin Cities.
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answered At what point did polyhedral dice become part of D&D?
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