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    Dice littering a table is a minor bugbear for me. Over the years I have tried out several methods to contain the blighters.

    I’ve built two rather nice dice towers from card but, occasionally the dice stick & need a shake. I’ve bought & made various trays from ones without sides to ones with sides so high you have to peer in them to see the dice. I have to confess that none of these were overly popular with my pals.

    I found a 6 sided MDF box in a gift shop, about 16 cms across, & cut it until I had two boxes with sides of about 5cms. Spray painted green, they blend in, to a degree, with the gaming mat. Although dice occasionally jump out, the smaller GW dice work well, rebounding off the corners to produce random results. I’m considering cutting some felt to line the bottom of the trays in to minimise the noise.

    Admittedly, two of my pals don’t use it, preferring as always, to roll on the table’s surface. Oh well.

    Any ‘wizard wheezes’ out there re dice rolling?

     

    donald

    #115056
    Russell Phillips
    Participant

    Many years ago, I saw a participation game at Triples that had enclosed boxes with a clear plastic lid for the dice. Pick up the box, give it a shake, look through the clear lid to see the result.

    I always thought that was a rather clever idea, but for general use you’d need some way to open the box to change dice.

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    #115059
    Ruarigh
    Participant

    I’ve seen that dice box trick too, possibly at the same participation game.

    I mostly use a dice tower these days. In the past I’ve made dice towers that also function as terrain using WorldWorksGames paper terrain and I really feel I ought to do more of that so that they blend in properly. After all, half the fun is accessorising for your game. Also, it is a house rule at my table that dice rolls only count when rolled in the tower.

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    #115061
    Russell Phillips
    Participant

    I like the idea of dice towers that double up as terrain. I’ve seen a GM screen for RPGs that had dice towers built into it, and always thought that was a nice touch.

    My wife won a dice tower, which we use sometimes when playing board games with the kids.

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    #115062
    Guy Farrish
    Participant

    Honestly?

    No.

    Chuck em on the table, look at ’em – pick ’em up again.

    If you leave them there they will get moved and you may never see them again.

    Usually works.

     

    (If you throw them AT figures however you may find all umpire decisions suddenly get quite …nuanced )

    #115066
    John D Salt
    Participant

    I’ve always fancied a proper dice-rolling tray, of the kind I saw used when playing 4-2-1 in the cafés of the Pas de Calais. A quick gander on the web suggests that a nice one — deep and circular, in dark wood, with a proper green baize surface — costs quite a bit. Googling French sites for “piste de dés” seems to offer a greater variety, but still a little spendy for somethign that seems essentially dispensible. To do the job properly, I’d also probably need to invest in a decent leather shaker and some proper casino dice, too…

    All the best,

    John.

    #115069
    Thorsten Frank
    Participant

    Sadly, the cats like to play with the dices too – it´s alway interesting where I find them later (under the tv, under my bed, in the flower bed or vegetable bed). Even my big new D20 disapeared without a trace before I could use it.

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    #115074
    Ruarigh
    Participant

    To do the job properly, I’d also probably need to invest in a decent leather shaker and some proper casino dice, too… All the best, John.

    I cannot recommend precision dice highly enough. They have done wonders for my whingeing about my dice rolls! I can no longer blame the dice for my failures because I know that the dice are engineered to be as precise, and thus random, as possible. My precision dice are WW2 themed for my ASL games with unit symbols in place of the 1. I’d love to be able to get similar for my other armies and on more than just d6s.

    For those who roll on the table, how often do you pick up the dice before you have finished referring to them? I find that we frequently do that. Roll dice, pick up to clear space for the other player to roll, realise that we need to remember the results for comparison and now are not sure. This used to happen a lot, so we moved to dice towers with each player having their own on the table. The dice sit in the tray until they are needed again and we don’t forgot the results. Boom.

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    #115364

    Is there a reason to put felt (baize) in your dice trays? Apart from aesthetics, I mean.

     

    donald

    #115365
    Mike
    Keymaster

    It’s quieter.

    #115369
    Steve Johnson
    Participant

    Never had a problem, as we roll the die, see the result, then take them off the table.

    #115372

    Is there a reason to put felt (baize) in your dice trays? Apart from aesthetics, I mean.

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    #115373
    deephorse
    Participant

    I have some dice towers but they proved too noisy. I have casino dice too, but they were too large and heavy and posed a threat to the  miniatures!  In the end I went with dice cups, both leather and felt lined plastic ones.  Players put the required number and type of dice into the cups, give them a good shake for luck, and then upend them onto a cork trivet.  More noise suppression again.  Then, with a flourish, the cup is removed to reveal the result of the throw.  The dice remain visible on the trivet for all to see until the next throw is required.  No more danger to the models, no more dice ending up on the floor, no more ‘crocked’ dice against scenery requiring a re-throw.  Well I’m happy with it anyway.

    Less enthusiasm, please. This is Britain.

    #115377
    Ruarigh
    Participant

    I lined my dice towers with felt for that seventies furry dice chic, but also to cut down on noise and protect the dice a bit. It also makes my home-made dice towers look better.

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    #115380

    RE dice noise, here’s an admittedly somewhat crazy idea, that would make more noise:

    As electronics got cheaper and more miniaturized over the years, model railroading introduced sound modules into engines, and then into layouts. I remember seeing a video in which pressure plate switches triggered sound effects — when a train passed a crossing, for instance. Here’s a random example of  products available:

    http://ittproducts.com/GL.html

    Now, imagine a dice tray with that installed: roll the dice, and the “rattle” you hear is musketry. Or, for Ancients/Medieval games, the clash of swords on shields. Or the barritus!

    Someone  (not me!) definitely needs to do this.

     

     

    #115399
    John D Salt
    Participant

    RE dice noise, here’s an admittedly somewhat crazy idea, that would make more noise:

    As electronics got cheaper and more miniaturized over the years, model railroading introduced sound modules into engines, and then into layouts. I remember seeing a video in which pressure plate switches triggered sound effects — when a train passed a crossing, for instance. Here’s a random example of products available:

    http://ittproducts.com/GL.html

    Now, imagine a dice tray with that installed: roll the dice, and the “rattle” you hear is musketry. Or, for Ancients/Medieval games, the clash of swords on shields. Or the barritus!

    Someone (not me!) definitely needs to do this.

    I dunno, kids these days.

    Have wargamers really lost the skill of making their own “Dakka-dakka-dakka” and “Ka-boom!” noises when they roll the dice?

    Or (looks around nervously) is that just me?

    Maybe I shouldn’t have told the students to make the helicopter noises when we were looking at a stochastic discrete event simulation model of engine reliablity and replacement the other week…

    All the best,

    John.

    #115402
    Ruarigh
    Participant

    I dunno, kids these days. Have wargamers really lost the skill of making their own “Dakka-dakka-dakka” and “Ka-boom!” noises when they roll the dice? Or (looks around nervously) is that just me?

    You are absolutely not alone, John. Ba-DOOM!

    Never argue with an idiot. They'll only drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

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    #115406
    Thomaston
    Participant

    This is a very serious problem for a solo player like me. I don’t have to look around, but I do worry, sometimes!

    Tired is enough.
    I like tiny miniatures

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