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dice towers vs hand rolling in x wing

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In any 'dice mechanic' based games, this conversation will come up eventually. 

My short answer is that no, unless there is a concern for cheating or rigged dice rolling skills (which do exist), there is no need for a dice tower.  They are usually large, cumbersome, and in a tournament environment, take up room on a table which is already short on space to fit my cards, let alone a bulky dice tower. 

I can see the need for them, I can see the 'coolness' factor on them for fun, non-competitive games, but overall, more trouble then they are worth.

 

That being said, I have the Dice Tower DM's Screen for D&D/Pathfinder and I love it.  But that is just clean fun, not a competitive miniatures game.

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I find this is a great comprise, for many miniatures game it's also nice cause you can put it over the miniatures.

http://www.diceshield.com/

Interesting solution... however the real purpose of a Dice Tower is to make sure the dice spin, toss, and turn to generate a completely random and unmolested dice roll.  While this is cool, and will keep all of the dice on one place, and will not take up room on the table (I like that!), it would still allow for funky dice rolling skills, dropped dice cheats, and more.  

 

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Also.. no worries about dice hitting miniatures and moving or knocking them over.. it's tidy, and practical.

 

Yeah, this. Plus, what's wrong with eating pizza with a knife and fork?

I use a knife and fork, I also bath regularly and wear pants you know like a civilized person.

Only animals and the poor use their hands *sticks nose in the air*

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haven't found a dice tower that fits thematically on the table/starfield, so.....hand rollin

Would this fit the bill?il_570xN.576460079_qf1s.jpgFound it here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TrollmanufacturingI might pick up one of the tourney trays he sell as well

Cheers for the link mate

I love that tourney tray i might pick one up if the shipping ain't too crazy.

As for dice towers, I love them.

I got one from Litko. I like their ones as they are plasticy rather than wood and collapse for storage

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To those who say they take up too much room, I say you got one that is too big.

Rolling dice on your play surface can cause bumps, knock tokens, move asteroids and most annoyingly fall off the table

Having any of these happen costs time and if your at a tourney time is VERY important.

So I say using a dice tower at a tourney is more important than at a casual game.

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I prefer dice trays.

 

- Feel of rolling dice

- Keeps dice contained so they don't bump minis. 

- Still get that feeling of playing casino like craps bouncing my dice off the edge.

- Can get customized images at the bottom of the tray for personalization.

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What is a dice tower?

 

It looks like this.  You drop the dice in the top.  It makes it less likely that the dice will fall off the table and prevents the occasional off roll (like when you roll the dice and they just land and don't roll).  I dislike them, its like eating pizza with a fork and knife.

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Thank you for the answer, greatly appreciated. :)

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I'm of the opinion that if you can't keep your dice on the table, you have a hand rolling problem that you could fix by learning how to throw dice.  I view a dice tower as a waste of money based upon misconceptions about non-existent hand rolling "effects".  If how the dice fall is your "edge", you're thinking way too hard about it.

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I'm of the opinion that if you can't keep your dice on the table, you have a hand rolling problem that you could fix by learning how to throw dice.  I view a dice tower as a waste of money based upon misconceptions about non-existent hand rolling "effects".  If how the dice fall is your "edge", you're thinking way too hard about it.

It's not just about the table, it's also about all the stuff on the table that you don't want knocked around: minis, tokens, your opponent's dice, etc.

Plus they're kind of cool to have.

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