• @IWillNeverGrowUp:

    @happynewyear1945:

    I wonder if anyone else uses dice towers?

    Absolutely;

    https://boardgamegeek.com/image/620128

    Very nice looking dice towers!


  • Okay - let me declare my ignorance and ask what a dice tower is for - other than storage? :?

    Thanks
    PP


  • A dice tower allows for a player to drop his or her dice into the top, where it travels down (while spinning on different slanted shelving) resulting in an even roll usually in a felt tray at the bottom. Some player prefer this because it seems more even across the board for all player taking the manual (hand)l rolling out of it.


  • @Requester45:

    A dice tower allows for a player to drop his or her dice into the top, where it travels down (while spinning on different slanted shelving) resulting in an even roll usually in a felt tray at the bottom. Some player prefer this because it seems more even across the board for all player taking the manual (hand)l rolling out of it.

    They also avoid having the dice roll across the table and/or onto the floor because of that tray. Contains the roll to a small space.

    We use them for games that require a lot of table space and/or a LOT of dice rolls (such as A&A or WH40K), otherwise they go back on the shelf.


  • Oh. Thanks guys. So a couple of dice towers would do it. Unless you want one per power of course.

    Cheers
    PP

  • '17 '16

    I have Dice Towers myself, but they are very much not very WWII-ey… I use them with my RISK: Lord of the Rings game (as seen below, is my copy of the game with towers)… the silver and black towers are dice towers.

    LotRRiskCustom.jpg

  • '18 '17 '16 '15 Customizer

    Those are cool.

    Is the Lord of the Rings risk game good?


  • I have it as well. However I haven’t played it that much. AA just take over lol.

  • '18 '17 '16 '15 Customizer

    @Requester45:

    I have it as well. However I haven’t played it that much. AA just take over lol.

    I have a lot of games like that, lol, as well. :-D

  • Customizer

    You can make cheap functional ones with the quart size milk cartons and just paint them to dress them up.

  • '18 '17 '16 '15 Customizer

    @sgtwiltan:

    You can make cheap functional ones with the quart size milk cartons and just paint them to dress them up.

    That is an awesome idea.


  • I have used them. Nice to use in tight spaces.

    I also use only rounded corner dies do to better rolling when dies come out at bottom instead of sliding more.


  • @John:

    @sgtwiltan:

    You can make cheap functional ones with the quart size milk cartons and just paint them to dress them up.

    That is an awesome idea.

    And to expand on it: to build the internal platforms off of which the dice bounce as they drop down the tower, use a bunch of rectangular kitchen sponges cut into triangular shapes and glued to the inside of the carton.  The sponge material has good bouncy qualities, and as a bonus it absorbs the noise of the falling dice (unlike wooden platforms, which produce a loud rattle).


  • Nice CWO. I used pool table felt for all surfaces as CWO stated.


  • When i was researching dice tower construction i stumbled across examples of cheap and easy dice towers. One was even made out of an i-phone case. For sure a good road to go down if material is not readily on hand. Most people drink milk and would have a milk carton.

    Just for interest sake, I thought i would share a couple Dice tower reviews;

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZWpIm8R6PM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqjR0tw7_YY

    I had to line the baffles with a sticker sponge material from the dollar store. The dice passing through the tower made considerable noise. My better half ever shut the door to the basement lol. I can’t wait to post a few pics of them in action.

  • '18 '17 '16 '15 Customizer

    That is why I love these forums. Everyone is so creative and talented. :-)


  • … except me! … who did not even know what a dice tower is for! :roll:


  • @Private:

    … except me! … who did not even know what a dice tower is for! :roll:

    When they’re designed with effective soundproofing, they’re used to save marriages!  :)


  • @CWO:

    @Private:

    … except me! … who did not even know what a dice tower is for! :roll:

    When they’re designed with effective soundproofing, they’re used to save marriages!  :)

    Agreed!

  • '17 '16

    @John:

    Those are cool.

    Is the Lord of the Rings risk game good?

    Depends on what you like… if you hate normal Risk and/or don’t like LotR, then no… it’s a terrible game and you should avoid it like the plague.

    We are talking the obvious here… it’s basically RISK, played on a map of Middle Earth from LotR. If you like Risk and/or are a fan of LotR, then it’s definitely a fun game and a winner.

    Boiled down, it is very much RISK on a LotR map of Middle Earth (if you get the game, there’s actually two versions, make sure you get the “TRILOGY EDITION” or you’ll get ripped off)… the major change/difference beyond map is the addition of Fortresses and Leaders… Forts (Like Helm’s Deep or Minas Tirith) add a +1 to your highest die roll when on defense… Leaders travel with armies and add +1 to your highest die roll on attack or defense (and can be added on top of defending a fortress for a big fat +2). There’s also the ringbearer… which kind of adds a timer so-to-speak so the RISK game doesn’t go on forever… evil kinda wants to win before the Ringbearer makes it to Mt Doom… this prevents a 10 hour game of Risk!

    As for my picture above and the “looks cool” comment… realize I did “trick-out” my copy of LotR: Risk… the Dice Towers are obviously not default with the game, Fortresses are just printed on the map, I actually added color-coordinated Fortress pieces to my version, and the biggest change I made… was leaders… in default LotR: Risk, the leaders are generic flags that implies “hey, there’s a leader here”… I added miniatures of famous characters from LotR as leader pieces… so you actually have Gandalf, Saruman or the Lord of the Nazgul as your leader for example… not some plastic flag.

    In summary, if you like Risk and/or if you like LotR, yes its a fun game and I enjoy it… but if you hate Risk and hate LotR… stay clear, this game won’t make you magically like them if you don’t already. Like A&A, it was fun to customize the game and make it better than it is out of the box.

    I can’t get my kids to play A&A much, but they both enjoy LotR Risk

    LotRRiskCustom.jpg
    LotRRiskGame1.jpg

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