Dice tower

Several years ago my brother gave me a kit to build a dice tower out of laser-cut plywood.  It was made by the company “Flying Tricycle” and based on the fact that their old URL has been hijacked by some squatters advertising divorce attorneys, I think they may be out of business.  Noble Knight seems to have last stocked their stuff in 2008, so it looks grim.  That’s too bad, I saw some interesting stuff on their web site…I guess the lesson is, you should buy it while it’s for sale!  Here’s a look at the kit unboxed.

Anyway my tower was pretty easy to put together and painted up nicely.

They managed to get quite a bit of detail in the laser engraving, as you can see with the wood grain on the ‘drawbridge’.

The tower is maybe 5 or 6 inches tall, and looks pretty good as terrain.  Here’s a shot of the drawbridge drawer open:

There’s an opening up top that you drop the dice down, and they bounce off some planks inside the tower to land in the drawer.

Oddly enough I almost never use it.  I think it would be a good thing for wargames like HOTT that just use a pair of dice, or for situations where there are tons of minis of the table and rolling space is at a premium.  I tend not to roll behind a screen as DM, but I guess if I did it would also help contain the dice from rolling away.  Does anyone use dice towers regularly?  How about a simple tray — I’ve seen some nice ones and would be tempted to make one for myself some time.

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  1. Great tower! I need to get my hands on one of those sometime!

  2. Great paint job. If you ever want to design one of these, I have a laser engraver and I would be happy to work with you on this. Seems like a cool project. I’m not much into those type of games, but I’m just getting into games like Arkham Horror and Battlestar Galactica. Thanks

    • Thanks! I’m not sure about the real utility dice towers but will let you know if think of anything that would work with laser engraving. I saw a laser etched castle set some guy did & was selling at an art festival last summer and it looked pretty sweet. Maybe some buildings and similar for miniatures games…

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