Parts for a dice tower, printed in blue PLA plastic
I had not heard this descriptor before, but when my son suggested it as a project to help his game-focused young family, I did some investigation. A dice tower is a mechanism to manage the throw of dice in a way that is fun and relevant to the game being played. Often the games are similar to Dungeons and Dragons. And so, the theme of a medieval tower, where dice are dropped from the top and randomized by tumbling down to the bottom is a natural match for the theme of the game.
There are other benefits as well. For my son’s young family, throwing dice is a haphazard and unpredictable experience. Haphazard is a desired feature of a dice throwing outcome, but when the dice bounce beyond the table into the next room and have to be located and assessed, it slows down the game. A more constrained way of throwing dice becomes desirable. A dice tower, with an easily accessed upper deck to launch the dice, and a containment vessel to receive them below is the perfect solution.Continue reading