What happens when an oak tree soaks in a swamp for thousands of years? It turns a sinister black as the evil of that dank, fetid water is absorbed into the fibers of the once-mighty oak. This stuff is seriously cool, and it’s older than Methuselah. About 5,000 years ago, a tree fell in a swamp in what would one day become Eastern Russia. And, yes, it made a sound. It was the sound of gamers yet to be born crying out with glee as the second-most common question we get is finally answered with a resounding, “Yes, you can indeed get a set of Ancient Bog Oak polyhedral dice.”
Bog oak is a catchall name for partially fossilized wood. Although most of this wood, as its name implies, is from an oak trees, partially fossilized yew or pine wood is also considered bog oak. Bog oak is made possible by compounds called tannins, an acidic brownish substance; renowned for it’s preservation properties. It has even preserved humans, such as the Tollund Man, or the Elling Woman.