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Lang Jones
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I know this is a silly question, but I'm wondering what people's thoughts are.

I have dice, and a dice app for my android phone, but I've never tried a dice tower. What is preferred? Am I just pointlessly obsessing?

I feel like BGG brings out every OCD tendency I have.
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Depends on the game, table space, number of dice...

We usually use a dice tray.
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redstarnyc wrote:
What is preferred? Am I just pointlessly obsessing?

I think the appropriate question is: What do YOU prefer? You really shouldn't use a dice tower just because 29.6% of BGG users prefer it.

If you love the physical feel of dice, skip the app. If dice are too noisy, use the app. If the dice are flying around the room, use a tower. If the tower is too big to bring to gaming night, leave it at home.

No need for obsession on this one. Just look at the practicalities along with what brings you (all the players in the game) the most joy.
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i use my dice tower only when rolling multiple sets of chessex dice

keeps them together and i think randomizes the roll much better
 
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Little space to roll due to big board or lots of people? Tower or App.

Lots of dice needed or weird non-standard combinations (example: higher-level D&D sessions)? App.

Board gaming in a fairly open area? Traditional dice, always. The tactile sensation and personal involvement of throwing dice are part of the fun for my gaming crowd. That and I suspect it's human nature to simply not trust an invisible randomizer. Witness the complaints about the RNG (random-number generator) in every on-line game ever.
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are there dice apps that let you customize the dice with image facings (ie, dice that have different icons not just numbers/pips)?
 
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I like a tall beer mug. Drop the dice in and they bounce around a ton. Not to mention...you have a handle to dump them back out and it's tall enough that the dice rarely bounce high enough to escape running that great other die result you had in the cup.
 
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We usually use a dice tray, but I've been wanting to get one of the Chessex Dice Boots really bad!
 
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You could wait until my (patent pending) "Dice Floater" is put into production. In laymens terms it is basically an anti-gravity chamber that gently tumbles and mixes the dice until you hit the "roll" button which gradually introduces gravity into the chamber so that your dice land ever so softly.

Is about the size of a pringles can. Should retail for around $1,300.

Or just use a Pringles can.
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Mulligans wrote:
You could wait until my (patent pending) "Dice Floater" is put into production. In laymens terms it is basically an anti-gravity chamber that gently tumbles and mixes the dice until you hit the "roll" button which gradually introduces gravity into the chamber so that your dice land ever so softly.

Is about the size of a pringles can. Should retail for around $1,300.

Or just use a Pringles can.


Brilliant!

Anyone tried the Meyer Dice Tube? It looks neat but $60 seems pretty still to me.
 
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T Worthington wrote:
are there dice apps that let you customize the dice with image facings (ie, dice that have different icons not just numbers/pips)?


I have not personally used that feature, but Dicenomicon (http://www.gandreas.com/iphone/dicenomicon/) can set images for each face along with tons of other customizability.

Their forum has an example of what was possible with the 2.0 release (it's on 3.0 now): http://boards.gandreas.com/viewtopic.php?t=415
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We have a dog around during our gaming sessions that likes to eat anything that lands on the floor so I usually steal the dice cup out of Stone Age to use.

I was considering making my own cups out of paper!
 
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We use a dice tray too.

You know how to make a simple and effective dice tray that costs you almost nothing and is easy to replace?

You get one of those 12-pack soda fridge packs (the long ones that are as high as they are wide) and cut the end off. Throw dice into it.
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Real dice- unless there's a load of unstable pieces on the board & then a dice tray comes in handy
 
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redstarnyc wrote:
I know this is a silly question, but I'm wondering what people's thoughts are.

I have dice, and a dice app for my android phone, but I've never tried a dice tower. What is preferred? Am I just pointlessly obsessing?

I feel like BGG brings out every OCD tendency I have.


You forgot one: dice cup. A nice padded dice cup is the best of all possible worlds, IMO; you get a nice random roll every time, you reduce the noise of the roll, and you can either pour them out of the cup or just turn the cup over onto the table. However, you're still using the exact dice the game gives you instead of a computer analog, and a cup is generally more reliable than a dice tower (dice have a tendency to "stick" in a tower if the slope of the baffles isn't quite right for the material used).

If the game doesn't come with a cup (thank you, Stone Age), I have a standard dice cup that can be used. If I didn't happen to bring it, I generally like using the game box lid to contain the dice, or we just drop them on the table after a shake. I generally discourage "casting" the dice freely in any situation besides Craps.
 
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ROLL THEM BONES!!

'nuff said.

 
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