All this game really takes is an opportunity for all four dice to show either a one or a zero. This could be done with traditional six sided dice. A roll with an odd number is one, and an even number is zero.
I would much rather have something a bit more traditional than plastic dice, though. One video I saw of a guy who was making game sets from cardboard had little rectangular shapes, which I immediately recognized as his version of the dice.
I could do better than cardboard, though.
|My version of knuckle bones. Yes, I made an extra.|
Once I had the stick planed as accurately as I could at somewhere near 1/2", I marked out six points on a centerline with my dividers.
|This stick is long enough to make five, just in case I screw one up.|
|Here I am drilling holes.|
|Mine go all the way through. Much easier, and it isn't likely they will pop out.|
|Waiting for the glue to dry.|
|Here's what it looks like.|
Next just cross-cut as accurately as possible. I still cleaned up each end with a shooting board.
Two positives regarding this style are they are much easier to construct, and being easier to make, they are likely much more accurate.
The only negative I can see right now is that they are a lot bigger, which might be a challenge for players with small hands.
I'll report back after having played the game several times with each set of dice.
Just in case you are wondering, I haven't given up on the tetrahedrons. In fact, I finished cutting out one of those today, too.
I found this video, which shows the game played with replicas of actual knuckle bones.