It is likely that the cherishing of one’s lucky dice is as old as dice themselves. There is a Gambler’s Lament in Babylonian, a kind of poem, that begins “Woe is me! Woe is me! My astragal! My astragal!”
Quotes about dice
Part random number generator, part talisman, these objects [the dice] viscerally connect the player with the game systems, precisely because the player manipulates the outcomes of these systems by rolling the dice. Talk all you want about digital media being ‘interactive,’ I posit that there is no greater degree of interactivity than the kind a player gets when they have the dice in their hand and are trying to manifest a particular result to appear, face-up, on any particular throw of the dice.