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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian26 Feb 2018 8:42 p.m. PST

Should dice cups be mandatory for competitive play, to ensure fair dierolling?

zoneofcontrol26 Feb 2018 9:11 p.m. PST

I'm not such a big proponent of dice cups. Rather, I like having something to throw the dice into. A nice flat bottom bowl or cigar box or similar helps in seeing if the dice actually roll or just go plop on table.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP26 Feb 2018 9:12 p.m. PST

dice tower or some method to ensure randomizing of die roll

Winston Smith26 Feb 2018 10:15 p.m. PST

No. No. A thousand times no.
They are a de facto admission of cheating.

What's next? Mandatory casino dice?

If someone can magically get a 1 or 6, he should be spending his time at better venues than wargaming tournaments, and call himself Lefty.
And if his Dice are loaded, what good will dice cups or towers do?


Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP26 Feb 2018 10:31 p.m. PST

Partial ditto to Winston. However, problem that arises in competitive games is that too many times the dice are "cocked" to some degree. Common practice in our group is to call any dice on 2 surfaces To be re-rolled.

In a tournament this takes up extra time. Therefore we use a Dice throwing box As suggested by zoneofcontrol.

evilgong Supporting Member of TMP27 Feb 2018 12:18 a.m. PST



What's next? Mandatory casino dice?


A number of comps in OZ have used and still use organiser supplied dice.


Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP27 Feb 2018 6:30 a.m. PST

No. Agree that a dice box / tray is all that is needed.

wrgmr127 Feb 2018 9:10 a.m. PST

We use a dice tower for all our games.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Feb 2018 10:05 a.m. PST

One time playing a kaiju game where the monster had the proverbial "bucket of dice" (10), we used a Boggle container. It wasn't about "fair" or "cheating", but it was a really cool way to keep a mess of dice contained. Plus, I put one of those greeting card recorders on the bottom and loaded a Godzilla roar, so every time you picked up the box to shake the dice, you got the monster sound along with the dice rattling.

I asked SWMBO to be on the lookout for Boggle sets at garage sales and the like…

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP27 Feb 2018 1:37 p.m. PST

I rather favour dice trays.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP27 Feb 2018 2:34 p.m. PST

I don't like cups or towers. I want to feel the dice rolling around in my hand before I toss them on the table (or into a box).

Dynaman878927 Feb 2018 4:06 p.m. PST

Not for cheating – to keep the dice from rolling all over the table.

olicana28 Feb 2018 4:38 a.m. PST

I made some dice towers for doing demo games at conventions to keep the table tidy. However, I found the 'watchers' preferred seeing the dice hit the table, so the towers only ever appeared at shows once.

I think dice cups are only useful for rolling dice secretly the dice owner shakes the cup, deposits the dice onto the table with the cup over the top, then he can take a sneaky look whilst leaving the dice undisturbed until they need to be revealed which was very successfully done in my one and only game of Blucher.

I agree about the possible usefulness of a dice box for rolling into but, again, unless the table surface isn't flat (for the most part) I've found the box is usually used to store dice and other table clutter and the dice STILL get rolled directly onto the table.

I like the idea of 'convention dice' for competition gaming and given the low price of buying d6 in bulk, perhaps made with the con logo as '6', could easily, and cheaply, be built into entry pricing; everyone could be sure of fairness and would get a useful souvenir of the event.

The Trog24 May 2018 1:09 p.m. PST

I've found that when dice cups are used some players have a tendency to bang the cup down loudly. It only takes one or two people to do this for it to become really annoying.

Old Contemptibles Supporting Member of TMP28 May 2018 3:41 a.m. PST

We used to have a rule. You can only use house dice. Don't bring your own in a cute little bag.

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