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Just about any product designed for gamer/hobby/craft storage. My thoughts tend to run like this:

 

Cool!

 

But where am I going to put the other 200 ______ that I own?

 

(does some math)

 

Yeah, I'll take 14 of those please.

 

 

I recently saw a video for a really nice crafts cabinet with drawers and shelves and bins. The doors open and have storage on the inside and a little desk folds down. "holds all your crafting supplies in a 3x3 ft cabinet!"

 

Not even close.

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I have a bunch of sets of semi precious stone dice, mainly from the MDG kickstarters. Never had any problem with chipping or breaking and I use then about like I use my other dice. Only damage I ever had was a d4 and it came that way. So pretty, facinating for a gamer and rock hound, it was a win for me. I can't say they are any more fragile than other dice and they don't dent the furniture.

 

So to my mind, pretty and so offy but not useless like the other products being described here. The dragon skins were horrible and I think that the wood boxes are extremely overpriced and usually too small.

 

Dice towers are another thing I don't find useful it's a lot of space for not much use.

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Just about any product designed for gamer/hobby/craft storage. My thoughts tend to run like this:Cool!But where am I going to put the other 200 ______ that I own?(does some math)Yeah, I'll take 14 of those please.I recently saw a video for a really nice crafts cabinet with drawers and shelves and bins. The doors open and have storage on the inside and a little desk folds down. "holds all your crafting supplies in a 3x3 ft cabinet!"Not even close.

I'm not even sure I could hold all of my paintbrushes in a 3x3 foot cabinet.

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I'm curious: anyone else out there see any products that seemed like a neat idea for games, gaming, and gamers... that didn't pan out in the long run, or failed the feasibility test after some thought?

 

The internet.

Dice roller apps.

Character creator apps.

Blind-box miniatures.

Grid-based gaming.

 

I disagree with your first item there. I've had a lot of great games over the internet.

 

I agree with your disagreement. After all, all you fine folks are on the internet. Plus, cat pictures.

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I'm curious: anyone else out there see any products that seemed like a neat idea for games, gaming, and gamers... that didn't pan out in the long run, or failed the feasibility test after some thought?

 

The internet.

I disagree with your first item there.

I agree with your disagreement. After all, all you fine folks are on the internet.

But then again, so is Buglips....

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Dice towers are another thing I don't find useful it's a lot of space for not much use.

We have one from Renaissance Miniatures that doubles as a two-story half-timbered building.

I have that one too. I really need to assemble it... And everything else I got from that Kickstarter.

 

But I'm going to have to disagree with Kanga. While many dice towers are large and cumbersome, my dice towers from the Unique Dice Towers kickstarter take up very little space and are amongst my favourite gaming aids. I really used to hate it when some of my buddies would throw/roll their dice into the middle of the gaming area and into the minis.

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I like the terrain and such, even if not used a ton. I'm a collector, and like the renaissance miniatures stuff, is great for photography too. Dice trays and towers help contain the carnage much like darsc said.character creators help speed it up, while grid based means no arguing over that 1/8 " that makes a difference between being in or out of range

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I have a bunch of semi-precious dice from Dwarven Stones, the ones that have been used the most are the onyx and jade dice during L5R games. The dice that I have that are the least used, are the crystal shaped ones because they never stop rolling until the fall off the table.

 

I do have an affinity for terrain, most of it, well a lot anyway, is made from Hirst Arts blocks. I actually made my own DM screen, designed as the BBEG's keep. It has lots of storage and is modular, and I can change out the information inserts for different games. But it isn't light.

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Cartography/mapping software. I love the idea of creating and printing out full color maps for D&D, but in reality the time spent creating the maps and then having to assemble 8.5x11 sheets into a full map make it less than ideal. And the cost of taking the files to Staples or some such to be printed is prohibitive.

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But I'm going to have to disagree with Kanga. While many dice towers are large and cumbersome, my dice towers from the Unique Dice Towers kickstarter take up very little space and are amongst my favourite gaming aids. I really used to hate it when some of my buddies would throw/roll their dice into the middle of the gaming area and into the minis.

If you're a DM, and have told the players to keep their dice off of the area, you can declare that [insert character name] became confused and hurt him/herself, that '[character name] was crushed beneath a strangely squre rock or something...

 

They're not at a Craps table in some lugubre casino somewhere where that kind of behaviour is tolerated!

 

The biggest disappointment ever must be my PokeDex... Yes, someone actually made one. (It's even licensed and have data on the original 151 Pokemon) But it's completely and utterly useless.

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I don't remember the name of the product. It consisted of little plastic discs in a variety of colors and I think they stuck together with magnets somehow. They were supposed to be used to mark figures in order to note different conditions e.g: flying, on fire, wounded, airborne, invisible, etc.

 

Sized for round figure bases.

 

Basically they had reinvented and magnetized the poker chip.

:mellow:

Meh.

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I don't remember the name of the product. It consisted of little plastic discs in a variety of colors and I think they stuck together with magnets somehow. They were supposed to be used to mark figures in order to note different conditions e.g: flying, on fire, wounded, airborne, invisible, etc.

 

Sized for round figure bases.

 

Basically they had reinvented and magnetized the poker chip.

:mellow:

Meh.

 

You mean the Alea Tools markers? We use them every game, for lights, flying, invisibility, whatever. They're also useful on our initiative board to mark spells and status effects.

 

Different games; different norms.

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I don't remember the name of the product. It consisted of little plastic discs in a variety of colors and I think they stuck together with magnets somehow. They were supposed to be used to mark figures in order to note different conditions e.g: flying, on fire, wounded, airborne, invisible, etc.

 

Sized for round figure bases.

 

Basically they had reinvented and magnetized the poker chip.

:mellow:

Meh.

You mean the Alea Tools markers? We use them every game, ...

Possibly.

Are there magnets involved? Do I disremember that detail?

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