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Subject: Hindu Crystal Ball "game" rss

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Paul Schaefer
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I bought this "game" off ebay and was curious if anyone knows anything about it, or if it may be worth anything.
Unfortunately I don't own a digital camera, so here's the description off the auction:

A VERY EARLY "HINDU CRYSTAL BALL" GAME FROM ROU-BALL-ETTE COMPANY NEW YORK CITY. IT IS IN A HEXAGON BOX SIZE IS 3 1/4" IN DIAMETER. BOX IS IN NICE CONDITION SOME WEAR AND WRITING ON BACK IN PENCIL. THE CRYSTAL BALL IS 1 1/8" DIAMETER. INCLUDED IS THE ORIGINAL INSTRUCTION SHEET(HAS TEAR IN IT AND WORN FROM BEING FOLDED UP.) NO DATE, BUT LOOKS LIKE MAYBE THE 1920-1930'S.

The crystal ball is a 32 sided glass die that you shake in the box and cross reference the roll on several charts for your fortune.

The box has eight sides and is covered in a kind of tiger stripe pattern paper. The label on the top of the box is printed on a dull metallic-gold paper.

I could only find two references to it on the web doing a Google search:
http://www.gamecatalog.org/publishers/publisherallgames.asp?...
http://www.gamecatalog.org/gc/printed/gc8.pdf

Any help is greatly appreciated!
 
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Keng Ho Pwee
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Is it anything like the ones shown in the section for D32s at this link?
(scroll down the page a little to find the section)
http://www.dicecollector.com/diceinfo_how_many_shapes.html

 
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Paul Schaefer
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Yes the die itself looks like the clear glass die in the top picture.
Around the zero it looks like it says Rou-Ball-Ette.

The instructions look very similar to the bottom right "Astrola" instructions, but they have no reference to zodiac signs.
 
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I need to change the photo on the dice shapes page to show one of my sets with the instructions

Are your instructions like these?

http://www.dicecollector.com/D32_CLEAR_ROUNDED_SOLID_03.jpg
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http://www.dicecollector.com/D32_CLEAR_ROUNDED_SOLID_05.jpg

I would assume the Rou-Ball-Ette instructions are just another variant of the instructions for this die ... and are most likely a diversion ... as my guess is ... these dice were used for Roulette playing
 
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Paul Schaefer
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Yep! Those are the exact same instructions except for the logo and name of the game.
The second box even has the same tiger-stripe pattern on the paper.
When were those produced?

I'll be honest, I normally collect role playing games, not board games or dice.
I bought this set off ebay for like $12 dollars because it was listed in the role playing category and it looked sort of old and interesting.
Would you say it's rare, or pretty common?
Any idea how much it may be worth?
 
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