|Symmetry group||D5d, [2+,10], (2*5), order 20|
|Rotation group||D5, [2,5]+, (225), order 10|
|Dual polyhedron||pentagonal antiprism|
The pentagonal trapezohedron or deltohedron is the third in an infinite series of face-transitive polyhedra which are dual polyhedra to the antiprisms. It has ten faces (i.e., it is a decahedron) which are congruent kites.
RuneQuest, published in 1978, was one of the first of many role-playing games and miniature wargames that use percentile-based skills. Before trapezohedral dice became available, players used twenty-sided dice to get random digits, either by dividing by two or by discarding the tens digit. Regular icosahedra with two sides each marked 0 to 9 are also referred to as ten-sided dice, and sometimes preferred because their more regular shape (see platonic solid) improves rolling.
To improve rolling, the edges are usually rounded or sub-faces introduced by truncation. Each face has two long edges and two short edges. The five odd-numbered faces meet at the common vertex of their long edges. The five even-numbered faces meet at the common vertex of their long edges.
There seems to be a standard configuration for the numbers on 10-sided dice. If one holds such a die between one's fingers at two of the vertices such that the even numbers are on top, and reads the numbers from left to right in a zigzag pattern, the sequence obtained is 0, 7, 4, 1, 6, 9, 2, 5, 8, 3, and back to 0. (In this position, odd numbers appear upside-down.) Opposite sides on such a die total nine.
These dice are often sold in pairs for use as a percentile die. One die will signify tens from 00 through 90, and the other units from 0 to 9. The use of such markings is to generate random numbers from 00 to 99, also known as percentile. "00" is read as 100 for most games but is read as 0 for some games, just as "0" on a single die is most often treated as a roll of 10.
|As spherical polyhedra|
- Greg Peterson about Gen Con 1980: The big news of the year was that someone had 'invented' the ten-sided die.
- U.S. Patent 809,293
- Cundy H.M and Rollett, A.P. Mathematical models, 2nd Edn. Oxford University Press (1961), (3rd edition 1989) p. 117
- Weisstein, Eric W., "Trapezohedron", MathWorld.
- Virtual Reality Polyhedra www.georgehart.com: The Encyclopedia of Polyhedra
- Dungeons & Dragons Dice Roller
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