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I'm curious... how do y'all roll your dice? Not just the dice wielding roleplayers and wargamers of these forums, but the gamblers and board gamers as well.

 

I'm asking because, usually, I just toss 'em on the table - but, especially since we've started playing more miniatures based games, that can get messy as they bounce off important things, or fall off the table and then have to be rescued before the pets eat them. So I switched over to using a dice bowl - a built-it-myself papercraft one, as seen here - but as sturdy as it is, it still managed to get a bit squished up. It was also a bit small, so too enthusiastic a throw and the dice would leap for freedom and cause all the issues as seen above (and too timid a roll, and I'd be accused of not rolling properly).

 

So, starting tonight, I'm going to use a dice cup I originally picked up to play Liar's Dice with - it's a soft felt, so it won't damage (or sound like it's damaging) the table, and initial practices with it have proven that it rolls the dice pretty nicely. I wouldn't be able to use anything too large, or too many dice at once with it, but since we're playing Iron Kingdoms and I'm only throwing up to four d6 at once, that shouldn't be an issue.

 

I've also considered papercrafting up a dice tower - but since the games aren't at my residence, I'd run into the same problem I had with my dice bowl, namely squishing. I could ask my brother (at whose house I game) if I could craft one and leave it there, but then I worry about his cats eating it... :devil:

 

There's also the issue of table space, which can be at a premium.

 

So? How do y'all roll your bones?

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I remember once seeing a 'dice boot', which was a dice tower made from clear plexiglass pieces that slotted together.  Looks like it's made by Chessex, and they do know their dice. 

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A bunch of my friends use dice trays:

 

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Or dice towers:

 

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I just carefully toss mine.  Though I use my bud's tower if it's handy.

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I roll on the table.  I just try and roll them so as to not get in the way of things (mostly mini's or markers or whatever else is on the map).  I've seen some nice dice towers made of Hirst blocks (bonus it also could function as terrain).

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Cup 'em in both hands and shake vigorously, then tilt hands(s) at slight angle and gently release 'em in a safe location on the table. It should be noted, however, that keeping them covered until release is essential. Otherwise, you end up with a rough approximation of the Melf's Minute Meteors (or whatever the heck they call it now) spell.

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Back in the day it was all about free rolling on the tabletop. Sometimes I would use a dicecup as it was also great for carrying the dice from game to game. Because I wanted to get into more wargaming, and I hate rolling dice across terrain, I started using dicetowers which I kind of prefer now.

 

The towers I have currently are from Unique Dice Towers that I bought mostly through their kickstarter and one post KS. I'm a big fan of theirs, but there's no question it's a premium product and priced accordingly. Very well made. Love the designs. Great selection of woods to choose from, and the smaller size takes up little space on the gaming table.

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I have quite a large gaming table, so mostly just roll them on the table. If I feel the need to constrain their positions, a box lid works pretty well.

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I have one of those fake books that look real on the outside but is felt lined inside. I roll my die in that

 

I use a couple of boxes like those for transporting my projects.  Maybe next one I buy I will use for dice rolling.  They are deep enough to use for DMing.  :blues:

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For rpg's I'm usually not rolling enough dice for it to be much of a concern so I just shake-em  and roll-em.  For wargames, if their isn't enough space on the table not taken up by terrain or miniatures we just use whatever handy boxtop is around.

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I use Ral Partha figure boxes as "dice corrals".  The DM, needing rather more dice, gets the lid from the AD&D spell cards box.

 

After shaking up the die I roll it from palm over my fingers like a ramp.  So it's usually a pretty gentle roll.  Unless it's a critical make or break roll, then it's a show of vigorous shaking and a mighty throw into the dice box to see if fortune favours the foolish.  It usually does, and when it doesn't it is often amusing. 

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I roll my Bones the same way I roll my prepainted plastic figs.  Pick up a handful, toss them on the table and see how many land standing up on their bases.

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I roll my Bones the same way I roll my prepainted plastic figs.  Pick up a handful, toss them on the table and see how many land standing up on their bases.

 

Do you eliminate the fallen and continue on until only one remains?

 

You, skeleton, are the strongest of your kind.  I promote thee to Skeleton 1st Class, and you shall lead your bony people unto victory!

 

Victory is death!

 

*clatter clatter clatter*

 

*xylophone marching music*

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The gang here does that with the dice.  Roll to see which die wins the right to be rolled next.

 

But this might be my new method to determine who gets painted next though.

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