So, you want a dice tower? And it's got to be nice, right?
But you have looked at various dice towers and they are either "functional" (they work but they're not pretty), too big or horrendously expensive. And sometimes all three.
This project is aimed at providing a quality compact dice tower system made from Oak that you can also store your dice in, at a relatively low price. Not "cheap" but hopefully you will agree with "value" as a description.
The dice tower is designed to give your dice a good tumble to make it random, without shooting it out like a bullet at the bottom, using arced baffles inside the tower.
The dice tower is not offered on it's own; seriously, it's not hard to make a dice tray so the cost difference between a tower and a system is minimal.
Designed for any dice in a polyhedral set (and tested with Chessex dice) this dice tower allows a 20mm d20 to tumble comfortably in all 3 axes on it's downward path - you cannot avoid a 1 on a d20 by holding the 1 against the wall at the top before you let go!
We specialise in custom game accessories - a nice image, personal text - but to keep the price as low as possible we are also offering these unadorned, apart from the beautiful natural wood grain.
Oak is the only wood on offer here - a wonderful hardwood that is not from an endangered species. You can choose a stain to be applied at no extra cost, giving you a choice of natural Oak, Dark Oak stain, or Teak stain; additional choices if stretch goals are met. Most of the pictures you see here are Dark Oak stain, as that has been the most popular option on a previous project.
More than wood grain
If you want more than just the natural beauty of wood - and are willing to pay a little more - we are happy to offer customisation by engraving on the bottom of the dice tray (not the rolling surface, which can lead to "is that a 3 or a 17?" issue if the angle of the dice lands on an engraving line).
A stain (any colour) is recommended with engraving unless it is a very bold pattern like a Celtic knot, as this makes the engraving stand out better.
In addition to those seen in the video (Mjolnir, Grim Reaper, Unicorn, Cthulhu) the following images are available for engraving. Watch out for more appearing during the campaign - and leave a comment if there is anything you would like added.
Note that dice are not included and any shown in this project are for illustration only. The dice used for testing fit are Chessex CHX27419 (used because Chessex dice were found to cause problems with some dice boxes I made - D20 slightly larger than some other makes). Sizes are (measured flat face to flat face, not point to point):
- D20 20.1mm
- D12 18.6mm
- D10 15.9mm
- D10 15.9mm
- D8 15.1mm
- D6 15.1mm
- D4 17.5mm
This system will both roll AND store all of the above dice.
The dice tower with narrow tray will hold a full set of 7 standard polyhedral dice PLUS an additional 3 d6 AND an extra couple or three d20. And they will NOT fall out when all parts are assembled - not even that nasty d4 caltrop!
And the wide tray? Why 3 full sets of 7 polyhedral dice, of course. And look, I accidentally popped an extra d20 in there as well. And if you are wondering, this picture shows Oak with a Teak stain.
Thin crust or deep pan?
The dice trays come in two thicknesses, 12mm or 20mm, at the same price. Shallow trays are more compact, deeper trays keep the dice in better. Allegedly.
The dice towers are designed to randomize your dice without shooting them out at speed - the shallow tray has not been a problem in testing. Perhaps a deep tray is your best choice if you are rolling 20 Warhammer 40K d6s, or for heavy metal dice.
A lot of dice have been rolled in these towers during development/testing, and the only dice escaping the shallow tray to date have been when tipping 20 Warhammer 12mm d6s down the tower - they are so small they can come out rolling on top of one another.
This is a project with a "ready to go" product, all tools & plans ready and multiple sources of materials lined up. Many Kickstarter projects are about raising capital to pay for product development and production. So why are we here?
In a word: engagement. Kickstarter has many RPG/board game enthusiasts in the backer community, and this is a good place to reach a decent number of people who might be interested in the product.
Secondly, it is more efficient to make a whole bunch of similar things at once. It is quicker/easier to make 50 dice tower/tray combos, then 40 dice boxes, than it is to make 2 towers, 3 boxes, another tower, 2 boxes, 4 towers, a box .... you get the idea. Making 50 of a thing is not tedious because so many people want customisation.
Below is a (digital preview, sorry I didn't take a photo of the finished item) custom engraving for a dice box made up with a bit of to-and-fro by email with a backer in Australia.
I'm happy to do this sort of thing but you have to accept when I say I can't do something. You want a picture of your baby son dressed up as Charlie Chaplin? I can't do that. Or at least not at these prices.
Oh, and I also won't do sex images or anything offensive. Images on offer are the ones shown (plus any added in updates to the project) - if you ask for a pole dancing dwarf and I refuse that is not a refund situation. (Sorry if that happens to be one of your character attributes, no offence intended.)
Shipping is not tracked, except in UK where it is cheap for me to do so.
International shipping is by Royal Mail International Standard. If you want tracking add the following to your pledge amount:
EU or Norway: add 5 Euro/47 Kr
USA: add $5Canada: add $7Australia: add $7New Zealand: add $7
I will obtain proof of posting from the Post Office for everything I send.
Shipping times are: UK - 1-2 days, EU/Norway 3-5 days, USA/Canada/NZ/Australia 5-7 days. I will only inform backers individually of despatch if they pay for tracking (as I need to give the tracking number). Otherwise, watch the updates for info on stuff going out.
Risks and challenges
There are few risks for backers with this project. I have completed several working dice towers and trays so far to prove that it is do-able and repeatable - evidence is in the pictures & video! Making more is not an issue. I make these myself so if I were to become ill there would obviously be delays; I would simply work longer hours when recovered to allow me to catch up production if this became an issue.
Delivery will be delayed if this campaign is wildly successful; regular updates will keep you updated. Early bird is limited so will not be affected (but see next point).
Delivery will be impacted for backers who pledge for engraved products but do not reply promptly to email requests for details of text required.
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