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M.C.Crispy
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I like dice trays (but not dice towers) and I'd like a dice tray about 8-10" wide (not necessarily square/rectangular) that I can use to avoid the carnage caused by rolling a handful (6+) of 18mm D6 on an Arkham/Eldritch Horror board. However, I really want a fold/roll-up construction to minimise the grief caused by transporting it. In an ideal world the base would be rigid enough to allow use of the tray while it's held off the playing surface.

Suggestions?
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perhaps a large leather snap tray/valet?

link to example:
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Decorebay-Pocket-Foldable-Travel-Le...

remember to look at the dimensions to make sure that you get one large enough for what you want.
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That's an interesting approach - it certainly "flatpacks", which is an important feature. I could make one that - when folded flat - fitted into the lid of an Eldritch/Arkham game box.
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You could use leather and wrap the edges around board for a nice structure. Instead of snaps, use magnets sealed inside the edges. Of course snaps would probably be best in case of a particularly powerful roll.
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ryan_c_byrd wrote:
You could use leather and wrap the edges around board for a nice structure. Instead of snaps, use magnets sealed inside the edges. Of course snaps would probably be best in case of a particularly powerful roll.
yes, that would work I guess. I have an old IT guy's dislike of magnets. I'm thinking Velcro as a fastener for the corners.
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As an EE, I shy from magnets also. Velcro would be perfect. You could make the edges wrap around each other instead of pinching the corners. I am surprised this has not made it to KS already. I have the same concerns as you about dice towers and space for a tray. You have inspired me.
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ryan_c_byrd wrote:
As an EE, I shy from magnets also. Velcro would be perfect. You could make the edges wrap around each other instead of pinching the corners. I am surprised this has not made it to KS already. I have the same concerns as you about dice towers and space for a tray. You have inspired me.
I like the pinch corners approach because it simplifies creating the shape from which the tray is formed. With pinch corners the shape is just a square, but with other approaches it may be necessary to use a more complex shape.
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Are there any other suggestions for methods of crafting the tray?
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A painter's cap, beret, or other flat headgear (top hat, if you're feeling extra classy). Hands-free while not in use.
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mccrispy wrote:
I like dice trays (but not dice towers)


What's wrong with a collapsible dice tower?



I actually recreated this one in Sketch-up and made one out of plywood.

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Jan Tuijp wrote:
mccrispy wrote:
I like dice trays (but not dice towers)


What's wrong with a collapsible dice tower?
Nothing... except that it's a dice tower and I don't like 'em. I prefer to roll the dice rather than just drop them into a "machine". I feel that if I'm going to use a machine to roll them I may as well use an App. I also like trays because everyone at the table can share in my pain and I in theirs, whereas with a dice tower, I often don't get to see the other player's rolls.
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ironregime wrote:
A painter's cap, beret, or other flat headgear (top hat, if you're feeling extra classy). Hands-free while not in use.
Nope, don't want to take up millinery as a craft at this time. Plus there are issues with the shared visibility of outcomes.
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mccrispy wrote:
I also like trays because everyone at the table can share in my pain and I in theirs, whereas with a dice tower, I often don't get to see the other player's rolls.


You do with the transparent one...

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Okay, I did this in a few minutes based on the ring from Luchadors.
You'd have to slide the sides down (putting the floor in as you slide them down). then bend out the opposite walls to get the single floor tabs in. but it might work... this hasn't been tested AT ALL.
LOL

I'm sure we can come up with a better solution if more thought is given to it.


edit for corrections on centering tabs.


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I made one from a box from cookies (packet from biscuits). I removed the flaps from the top and bottom, then cut into the sides to make baffles on which the dice bounce when dropped inside, and two flaps at the bottom to slow the dice as they come out. It folds flat.
 
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http://www.origami-instructions.com/origami-box.html



Origami tray! you just need to learn to do this and all you need is paper.

teach a man to fish.....
 
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Ursus_Major wrote:
I made one from a box from cookies (packet from biscuits). I removed the flaps from the top and bottom, then cut into the sides to make baffles on which the dice bounce when dropped inside, and two flaps at the bottom to slow the dice as they come out. It folds flat.
Thanks, but this is a dice tower. I don't like dice towers.
 
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Phil of Mars wrote:
http://www.origami-instructions.com/origami-box.html



Origami tray! you just need to learn to do this and all you need is paper.

teach a man to fish.....
Not very practical though. First, origami tends to use sheets of paper that are huge relative to the object that they create. Second, I'm not sure that I want to spend 10 minutes re-folding the thing every session. My son is a very proficient Origami practitioner I'll ask him how practical a solution it is.
 
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Phil of Mars wrote:
Okay, I did this in a few minutes based on the ring from Luchadors.
You'd have to slide the sides down (putting the floor in as you slide them down). then bend out the opposite walls to get the single floor tabs in. but it might work... this hasn't been tested AT ALL.
LOL

I'm sure we can come up with a better solution if more thought is given to it.


edit for corrections on centering tabs.


Interesting suggestion. I have Luchador myself. I'll take a look at it, thanks.
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if you are not aiming for something fancy.. I suggest a collapsible tray from cardboard.. something like

https://guideimg.alibaba.com/images/shop/72/08/19/0/southern...
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What about going inflatable? Maybe a Barbie doll-sized paddling pool? I remember owning a an inflatable dinghy for Action Man (G.I. Joe) when I was a kid, that could be used for rolling dice in.
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I have several dice trays that store flat. They are all along the same lines. One is plastic, one thick felt, one leatherish but all the same basic idea: square, firm material (or stiffened at base and sides), with a closing mechanism at the corners. At least one of them was picked up from Essen for a couple of euros.


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Helixx wrote:
I have several dice trays that store flat. They are all along the same lines. One is plastic, one thick felt, one leatherish but all the same basic idea: square, firm material (or stiffened at base and sides), with a closing mechanism at the corners. At least one of them was picked up from Essen for a couple of euros.

This is the same design as the first reply, but it's interesting to see that they've actually been sold as dice trays by gaming suppliers.
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For reference, here are some commercial products

http://www.allrolledup.co.uk/dice-trays-in-accessories/
https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/106134756/soft-dice-tray?ref...
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You could also go with a collapsible bowl like this.
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