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If anyone is looking for recommendations about these Dice Towers, I can't speak highly enough of them.

 

I backed their original kickstarter and pledged for several in various woods. All were received in a timely manner and the craftsmanship is excellent. It's compact size means it doesn't take up a lot of space on the gaming table yet handles several dice at the same time without a problem.

 

The $30 price on these is a very good value, I paid much more through their online store several months ago for a different dragon design when UDT first starting experimenting with adding designs to the towers window. I still think it was well worth the price I paid then.

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This is interesting, I have never actually used a dice tower. Can anyone explain the pros and cons (if any) of them versus regular rolling? I mean is there much benefit besides looking cool and keeping the dice from falling off the table? Like does it give a more accurate random roll?

 

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The biggest one is keeping the dice contained. Aside from that if you ever play with someone who "rolls" the dice by setting them down on the table when people are distracted one can be useful. A lot of people also thing cool looking ones add to the fun.

 

For disadvantages, if you only have one it might mean a bit of a reach for everyone to use it. Also some of them can be loud.

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As cmorse has said it stops the dice from rolling into things on the table, like carefully painted mini's or fragile terrain, as well as preventing the dice from rolling off the table. That's the primary reason I prefer towers.

 

The roll itself should be just as random as hand tossed dice, or by using a dice cup. It can be slightly noisier than rolling on a covered surface, but if you're playing a board game or rolling on a bare table the noise level is similar.

 

Cons are that if one is using unusually large dice, they may not fit.

 

There are also some players that believe they have developed a special technique in their dice rolling which gives them some influence over how the dice lands if they roll them by hand. Something they'd lose if they used a dice tower.

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I've got the clear Chessex one. I like using it for my pbp games I run on here. Spot for the dice next to the computer, perfect!

 

One thing I don't like about this particular tower is the stop piece at the bottom is a tad bit too small & the dice will sometimes jump over it (that & it's also slightly angled, WHA??).

 

Those are nicely made, but I think Litko has a Cthulu or undead themed one that I'm thinking about for replacement of the Chessex one.

 

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If you're interested in trying out a dice tower and you're even mildly crafty, there are a bunch of free paper craft designs out there - Google "Tower of Loden" for a Heroscape version that is good looking and dead simple to put together. It'll cost you much less than $30, and you can print and build it tonight.

 

Pros: cheaper, lighter, much less noise when rolling dice.

 

Cons: card stock vulnerabilities (crush, moisture), it's easy to misalign the interior ramps and get dice caught inside.

 

Just a thought.

 

Edited to fix an auto correct that would have foiled Google searches ^_^

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Aside from that if you ever play with someone who "rolls" the dice by setting them down on the table when people are distracted one can be useful.

I played Warzone with someone who tried to get away with rolling the dice, picking it up and declaring the result before it had even finished rolling. How he thought he'd get away with that I've no idea. This was also the guy woh tried to argue that the rule of being able to shoot 90 degrees out the front of a bunker was an adjustable 90 degrees, not just straight ahead, and still tried to shoot somehting that was stood around the side of the bunker where there was no vision slits.

Not just a cheater, but rubbish at it.

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If you're interested in trying out a dice tower and you're even mildly crafty, there are a bunch of free paper craft designs out there - Google "Tower of Loden" for a Heroscape version that is good looking and dead simple to put together. It'll cost you much less than $30, and you can print and build it tonight.

 

Pros: cheaper, lighter, much less noise when rolling dice.

 

Cons: card stock vulnerabilities (crush, moisture), it's easy to misalign the interior ramps and get dice caught inside.

 

Just a thought.

 

Edited to fix an auto correct that would have foiled Google searches ^_^

I thought my google-fu was failing me. I tried for quite a while until I found a "Tower of Lodin"

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If you're interested in trying out a dice tower and you're even mildly crafty, there are a bunch of free paper craft designs out there - Google "Tower of Loden" for a Heroscape version that is good looking and dead simple to put together. It'll cost you much less than $30, and you can print and build it tonight.

Pros: cheaper, lighter, much less noise when rolling dice.

Cons: card stock vulnerabilities (crush, moisture), it's easy to misalign the interior ramps and get dice caught inside.

Just a thought.

Edited to fix an auto correct that would have foiled Google searches ^_^

I thought my google-fu was failing me. I tried for quite a while until I found a "Tower of Lodin"
...frak. I apologize; that's what I get for trying to remember rather than looking it up. I'm glad you did find it, though.
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So, just a little update, but I've received my two towers, pre-assembled and stained at 0 extra cost, and they are bloody gorgeous. I cannot believe how nice these things are for simple MDF laser-cuts towers. Solid construction, wonderful design work, and I even got to select one of them to have an iridescent window on the front.

 

Anyway, recent update has revealed his next project. Cthulhu tower! I will definitely be getting one to keep with my copy of Cthulhu Wars, Arkham Horror and Elder Sign.

 

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