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I was at my local Meijer (a rust-belt supermarket chain) today, and happened to notice these new games on the shelf: All In and Blackout.

Check this out, the box is actually a folding dice tower. Nice! I'll take a compact, folding dice tower for 7 bucks! I picked up one of each. Who knows, maybe the games that come with them might be entertaining as well.

I thought you guys might like to know about them. So be on the lookout at your local stores if you're interested in these towers.






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Cool, but how many dice can you roll at once?
 
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ralpher wrote:
Cool, but how many dice can you roll at once?
The picture on the back shows seven dice.
 
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Anyone seen these at Wal-Mart? That's the only big chain we've got in town.
 
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I finally had a chance to open these up after feeding the kids some dinner. Upon opening, I was a little concerned that the baffles were not large enough to generate decent randomness. But after some testing of trying to "cheat" and roll a particular number, I'm convinced that the baffles do a good enough job.

My only annoyance is that, as you can see in the following picture, there are two holes in the top of the tower. The "front" one holds the game components, although it also has a hole in the bottom (with no baffles on the way down). The "back" hole is the one that's actually used for rolling. So with a multiple dice, some of them may drop down the wrong hole if you're not careful. Though it'll still bounce when it hits the ground, and possibly hit the other dice on the way out, so I don't think this will be too much of an issue. People who are annoyed by it can stuff an object into the front hole to block it.



As expected, the games themselves are uninteresting random luck junk with zero strategy, so no bonus there. I do like the quality of the tower though. The plastic is sturdy, and the folding snap seals tightly so it'll be nice and convenient to carry game components inside for easy transport. The rolling slot hole is large enough to accomodate standard d20s, so they should be plenty big enough for most (if not all) of my gaming purposes.

Overall I'm glad I got them, especially for 7 bucks. Now I have to work on taking the stickers off so I can add some custom decorations.
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Malacandra wrote:
Anyone seen these at Wal-Mart? That's the only big chain we've got in town.


Not me at our little Wal-Mart. I made a special trip to check. But I got a gallon of chocolate milk. Mmmmmm! Chocolate milk! *drool*
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What about the open sides at the far end? Don't the dice tend to slide off?
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cheng wrote:
What about the open sides at the far end? Don't the dice tend to slide off?

With a couple of dice they don't. But I tried a handful of dice (about 8-10 different polys) and yes, with more than a couple of dice, a couple of them land just off the side of the track on the table. No big deal to me, since my main goal with a tower is to keep them from flinging all over the place. But I can see how that might bother some folks I guess.

EDIT: By the way, in reference to my earlier concern about some of the dice falling down the wrong hole ... it's not an issue. I was rolling big handfuls of dice, and never had one go down the front slot. I wasn't being particularly cautious either. But like I said before, even if some do go down that way, they'll still be random enough once they hit the bottom and bang around with the other dice.

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Or alternately you can make your own inexpensive folding dice tower




BGG user Cadrian even called it in the thread to that pic -
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I suppose a clever person might invent a game where the box/dice tower was integral to play, and all components fit in the box when it is put away?

No more useless packing!


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millercv wrote:
Or alternately you can make your own inexpensive folding dice tower


But you'd have to smoke all those cigars! laugh

Amazon.com sells these games for $10. Boo!

No luck with Boards and Bits, Walmart.com, or Borders.com either.
 
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Are the dice any good for restickering for pnp games?
 
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Sam and Max wrote:
millercv wrote:
Or alternately you can make your own inexpensive folding dice tower


But you'd have to smoke all those cigars! laugh


If no one wants the Macanudos, I'll take em. Although I prefer a Saint Louis Rey or an Old School

Great find on the plastic dice towers. Will have to be on the lookout for these to add to my Heroscape collection.
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spearjr wrote:
Are the dice any good for restickering for pnp games?

No. They're embossed, so stickers wouldn't stick to them very well. They're also smaller than standard the standard d6.

Another good piece of news for anyone snagging these is that the stickers come off very easily -- though I left the landing tray sticker on, since it has no logo on it.

TIP: Don't carefully and slowly work at the stickers. I did this at first and got frustrated, so I pulled quicker, and they came off much better than when I was pulling slowly. Weird, because usually the opposite is the case with stickers. Anyway, any small areas of goop that remain on the plastic can be solved with the WD-40 trick. Just spray a small amount of WD-40 on a paper towl and rub the goop. It will immediately come off.
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spearjr wrote:
Are the dice any good for restickering for pnp games?


I see someone else is thinking of RttA:tBA!
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For the Midwest folks, Meijers has them. I meant to put something up, having just seen them but I forgot so glad someone put them up
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Now I have to work on taking the stickers off so I can add some custom decorations.


Whenever I have to remove any stuck on labels I use a hand held hair dryer. Just hold the dryer close enough to warm the label, and it should pull away without too much trouble.
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Thanks for posting this! Went out and grabbed one on my lunch as I needed a dice tower for my newly acquired Memoir '44. :)
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If anyone can find some in the UK I'd be very interested. The "chips" in the first game look like they might come in handy for something too...

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Actually it seems that Fundex makes a lot of games with handy components!

http://www.fundexgames.com/products.php?categoryId=6

Shake seems to have a cool little dice tray and a couple of others have nice dice caddies.

 
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Thats awesome.
Thanks for sharing.

Are they as loud as one would expect plastic to be?

How do you pronounce the store name?
I am guessing meh-jee-ur or muh-heer(rhymes with beer)?
 
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Actually, it's "My-urr"...

It's more expensive than Wal-mart, but it's the only place I've found Turkish Delight in Lexington, and they sponsor Andretti-Green Racing drivers, so I can't complain too much.

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josephc4 wrote:
Are they as loud as one would expect plastic to be?

How do you pronounce the store name?
I am guessing meh-jee-ur or muh-heer(rhymes with beer)?

It's "MY-ur"

The towers aren't as loud as I expected, but that's mainly because they're short. There are only two baffles, and I would estimate (without having it in front of me now) that it's 5 or 6 inches in height. Just tall enough to effectively randomize.
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Ok, ...so its like the "Meyer" in Oscar Meyer weiners?
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josephc4 wrote:
Ok, ...so its like the "Meyer" in Oscar Meyer weiners?


Yep.
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These are a great find. I picked up a few from the clearance aisle at a local toy store. I made a template for the stickered areas, which I used to resticker my toys. Here's the template I made in PNG format. It's sized for an 8.5x11 page. Add your own graphics with whatever program you use, print on a sticker page, and you're off to the races. In my case, I printed on HP glossy presentation paper and used Elmer's spray-on craft glue to stick them to the toy. I'll post the finished picture of the tower shortly.
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i made a dice tower with foam board and stick pins and (with or without?) glue.
 
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