Monday, 26 June 2017

Dice Tower

Hi all

tabletop space is always a premium no matter the size of your table. I have an 8x4 foot table but it always covered in at least one game if not more, at the moment its currently groaning under the strain of an ATZ board, Bushido board and a dungeon crawl. I love throwing dice, I love rolling them by hand, I love the clatter of them as they tumble across the table which is why I can't comprehend how people could use Apps on phones or tablets which generate dice rolls.  However I'm constantly throwing dice on the floor, losing them or more annoyingly rolling a bunch of sixes that won't count because they're not on the table.  Now to get around it I built some dice trays which have addressed that problem, you can see how I did that here.

dice trays

This was a very satisfactory solution, but what if even that is too big.  Well a project has been buzzing around my head for a few weeks and I've managed to keep a lid on it successfully until I went along to a local board game club last week and the project came crashing back to the fore.  So I made this....


my dice tower.
How I made it is here....

https://youtu.be/OwPEbr0OSYU

hope you enjoy
dGG

31 comments:

  1. Very good Andy, will watch the vid later. Adds an atmosphere to what could be described as a mundane piece of equipment. Well Done

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  2. {{I love throwing dice....... I can't comprehend how people could use Apps on phones or tablets which generate dice rolls.}}

    Oooh, I ABSOLUTELY agree. I love to look at dice, feel them, roll them in my hand (mid game session), or line them up, pick them up... roll, them. There isn`t an app in existence can replace that pleasurable feeling, is there hehe.

    I LOVE my dice tower (acquired as a free stretch goal with the Zombicide Black Plague kick-starter). I know it`s plastic, and I now it`s small, I know it`s pretty useless lol, everyone who even bothered to mention it in the unboxings said how `crud` it was, but I LOVE mine (having wanted one all my life, and finally getting one, I am still in happy heaven with my tiny little fold up dice tower). The one you have made is a mighty beast indeed, and you must be delighted with the finished results. It sure looks super.

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    1. Cheers Hils, yeah I'm please with the result. I'm the same, I constantly pick up dice and roll them, I find it one of the best parts of a game but sometimes you just need a tower!

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  3. This tall behemoth is stunningly attractive. Aesthetically dominates the table top, and yet takes up no foot print at all. Really nicely done Andy :-))

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    1. It had to fit in mate, the next one will be Bushido themed ;-)

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  4. I have a dice tower myself (in blue perspex, so not as fancy as your nice tower), but I find I don't use it. There's something satisfying about rolling the things "freestyle", though a large box lid is a useful target for players with a slightly wild throwing action.

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    1. Like I say C6, I do prefer the freehand style or in my homemade dice trays, but when space is a premium.....

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  5. Neat job Andy, I've just had to build one myself - one of the young lads in our D&D group can get a bit "over enthusiastic" and his dice throwing ends up knocking figures and terrain all over the place. Having the tower keeps it all under control!
    I've 'cheated' though, and built the Stoelzel's Structures dice tower building topper so I can use it on the ATZ table as well!!

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    1. I'm primarily thinking for when my daughter's D&D game kicks off as there is a big party involved with a couple of younger folk

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  6. It looks very good but personally, I hate dice towers. I bought a dice tray for rolling my dice in and it is one of the best investments I have ever made. I find rolling dice far more pleasing than dropping dice.

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    1. No worries B, I know they're a bit marmite in the gaming community and I will always prefer rolling dice over dropping them...

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  7. The problem I have with dice towers is that there usually is only a single one and normally it doesn't blend well with the game. On a personal not I prefer freehand, but I have also been known to use a tray (with a small game) and the requirement that players use dice 'cups' to "rattle dem bones".

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    1. Which is why I "dressed" mine up a bit Joe :-)

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  8. Looks cool dude. I struggle to store my terrain so these aren't for me. I usually just roll them on the tabletop.

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  9. I think that fits in rather well with your dungeon scenery etc, Andy. Good to see GobboTV is alive and well on YouTube too :-)

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    1. It does Simon, glad you're enjoying the channel :-)

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  10. Saw the UTUBE vid and liked it. Already thinking if I should make some.... or whether my players would scoff!

    Personally I like it.

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    1. Excellent Clint, just do it and damn the detractors!

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  11. Oh my word, that's impressive Andy!

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  12. If you're gonna have one...have a big one!

    Cheers Roger.

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  13. Have you seen the dice "Towers" that CMON made, I got two from two of their KS, they are very practical (probably not something you care about :) ) and is compact and easy to store away :)

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    1. Here is a link where you can see them and there is some description on their size and such https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgameaccessory/163211/zombicide-folding-dice-tower

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