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Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2023 4:22 a.m. PST

Other too many are ugly and most don't match the terrain on my boards.

Maybe for a fantasy game there are some that fit in, but there aren't any shaped like a 19th or 18th century farmhouse or townhouse, which is really what's needed.

Personal logo Sgt Slag Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2023 6:11 a.m. PST

I use them because: they guarantee truly random rolls; they contain the dice such that they don't knock down figures nor terrain; it prevents dice from hitting the floor; I like the woods I chose (Hickory and Padauck); I like their finely crafted appearance on the tabletop; and because I like the sounds of dice clattering through the baffles.

I play bucket-o-dice games mostly (2e BattleSystem), rolling handful's of dice at once. I find my Dice Towers highly preferable to just rolling dice on my tabletop. I believe that my fellow gamers have come to appreciate them, as well, during our BattleSystem games. My last game had 1,000+ figures on the tabletop, so Dice Towers kept the multitude of dice being rolled, under control, preventing a lot of distracting, annoying issues from occurring during the game. Cheers!

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2023 6:42 a.m. PST

I simply don't like them. I like the tactile feel of shaking the dice, and then rolling for my own destiny.

Mad Anthony Jones18 Nov 2023 7:45 a.m. PST

They look silly. So I guess "This is ridiculous!" covers that.

Raynman Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2023 9:00 a.m. PST

I like rolling the dice!

ZULUPAUL Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2023 9:13 a.m. PST

I have 2 of them. I have one that looks like a castle keep & a wooden one decorated like the Flying Tigers. I like them for solo DBA so that cuss I play with won't cheat!

robert piepenbrink Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2023 11:12 a.m. PST

I have and sometimes use them. More often dice trays. Flashman, easy ehough to build one like a "Knolly's mitre"--chimney and fireplace with a set of ruined walls. Works well for most H&M games.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2023 3:32 p.m. PST

We use dice trays – plus like Raynman sez, gotta let the bones roll

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian18 Nov 2023 9:24 p.m. PST

I used to have one that had a bell, so it made extra noise!

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP18 Nov 2023 9:47 p.m. PST

1) As Flashman said, they are ugly.

2) I have the proper level of coordination to keep my rolls under control rendering them useless table clutter.

14Bore19 Nov 2023 5:52 a.m. PST

I made a very nice one, 3 baffles and kicks them into a tray.
Dice use to fly all over table, now nice and collected.


The Last Conformist20 Nov 2023 5:52 a.m. PST

I've got one but haven't used it in ages. I simply don't experience any problems it would solve, so getting it out is waste of effort. Also, while I haven't actually measured it, I get the impression it adds a bit extra time to each roll.

I sometimes use a dice tray.

BTCTerrainman Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2023 8:12 a.m. PST

75% of my games do not require us to roll dice

Personal logo Lluis of Minairons Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Nov 2023 11:55 p.m. PST

In my gaming circle we're got used to a poker dice cup and tray. Quite more colourful and exciting than those towers.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2023 11:09 a.m. PST

Towers have their place. I bought a couple of very attractive ones made of wood from some Etsy sellers. I normally use a tray, but there are times when a tower fits the table space better (e.g., at a convention game where your table is very small and the DM in an RPG has only a small area for his dice rolls and to contain them. ) At home, not so much. But as noted above, they are very good at keeping dice from going all over the place, knocking over figures, landing on the terrain, rolling off the table and under furniture. Some players roll dem bones far too exuberantly.

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