Feb, 14

Los dados

What is the origin of the dice ?

Dice are an evolution of the knucklebones (a foot bone all the animals that fully support the foot when walking have), who came from Asia to Europe, where it was developed the concept we know today.

Formerly, the bones were used by druids and seers, that throw the dice in order to predict the future. From these derive numerous gambling. Also in the cultures related to the sea dice are shells. Games such as the Royal Game of Ur , use small pyramids ( tetrahedrons ) with some painted vertices, which are used to count.

Dice are used in many games to decide the steps to advance in racing games like la oca, el parchis and chance games, or even only used them as games, for example in Poker. They were very popular in ancient Greece and Rome. They were usually made from ivory or bones, but also in bronze glass.

There are several theories about the origin of the word die, one argues that comes possibly from Arabic a’dād (numbers). Another is that it comes from the latin word datum (something). In ancient Rome a die was called Alea (Luck).

The most widely used is the six-sided cube, numbered, so that the opposed faces always total 7. There are also cube-shaped dice to play poker, instead of being numbered, each face sample numbers or letters that come from playing cards Poker: J, Q, K, Point (As), 9 points and 8 points.

There are other polyhedral dice with more and less than 6 sides, usually used in rol games. The polyhedral dice often are Platonic Solids, by its great symmetry :
Tetrahedrons (Sides : equilateral triangles ) , Hexahedrons / Cube (Sides: Squares ) , Octahedrons (Sides : equilateral triangles ) , dodecahedron (Sides : regular pentagons ) and icosahedra (Sides : equilateral triangles).

The currencies that are commonly used to make decisions in games are basically ” two-sided dice.”

The zochiedro is a die of 100 faces. It was created thinking for rol games. Its use , however, is not very comfortable, due to the difficult reading, since despite being a polyhedron , behaves almost like a sphere, so it is difficult to stay static. Although they have introduced elements of braking and they have tried to improve since it was invented in 1985.

Aug, 13

Top Drawer Sept.2013

Between the 15th and the 17th of September, PICO PAO will exhibit for first time in London our creative collection, Ludus Ludi and a selection of our collection Juegos de la Antigüedad at Top Drawer Fair.

Top Drawer is the UK’s leading event for design-led gifts, lifestyle & fashion accessories and it will take place on the iconic Olympia exhibition center.

Jul, 13

Maison&Objet Sept. 2013

The next September, PICO PAO will show our new games at Maison&Objet fair (Paris, 6th-10th September). We will be placed in the same as usual on Hall 6, Stand L19.
It will be a great oportunity to see our two collections, Ludus Ludi and Juegos de la Antigüedad and talk.

Maison&Objet is one of the most important design fairs in Europe. This September more than 3.000 exhibitors from around the world will take part of the event, which it will receive 85.000 visitors.

If you have any question, you can send us an email: info@picopao.com.

Jun, 13

Tome Asiento, Exhibition

Ludus Ludi exhibits in the Museo Etnográfico de Castilla y León (Etnographic Museum of Castille and Leon), their games LOS TABURETES and LAS SILLAS as part of the exhibition Tome Asiento “Take a Seat” (Zamora, June 2013 – January 2014), the exhibition features pieces with several centuries old that belong to the museum, iconic design pieces, and some works of artists who have worked around the concept of sitting.