I have extremely mixed feelings about prestige gaming accessories like this — I feel like any commentary on my part might go south really fast — though I will say that the craftsmanship on Wyrmwood’s stuff looks crazy impressive.

That said, I have to wonder if the totemic power of having this thing at the table and the ritual aspects of using for each divination roll are alone worth the cost.

(N.B. – I am not considering buying any of their stuff. But I will blame Daniel Swensen for making me browse their site.)

https://wyrmwoodgaming.com/products/red-oak-dice-tower/

88 thoughts on “I have extremely mixed feelings about prestige gaming accessories like this — I feel like any commentary on my part…

  1. Pal of mine (who’s around here on G+ too) was given one for his birthday. He’s had us use it for games he’s run for us and I can attest to the incredible craftsmanship. They’re magnetic and quick to assemble and make a fantastic “knock” as the dice roll through.

    I think if prestige stuff makes gaming more fun (and you can afford it) go for it!

  2. < ![CDATA[Pal of mine (who's around here on G+ too) was given one for his birthday. He's had us use it for games he's run for us and I can attest to the incredible craftsmanship. They're magnetic and quick to assemble and make a fantastic "knock" as the dice roll through. I think if prestige stuff makes gaming more fun (and you can afford it) go for it!]]>

  3. Had a local buddy who belonged to a Blood Bowl league at his FLGS. Some point mid-season, they mandated dice towers in the name of “fairness.” Apparently some d-bag players were being cheesy about rolling dice, palming and sliding them on the table, dumb cheaty shit like that.

    So he hated, just hated, that now everyone was lumped in together with the bad actors. His libertarian streak lit up and he had a mission. So he engineered, I shit you not, the most elaborate and noisy dice tower contraption he could come up with in a week. Took him an hour to build it at the shop. Absolutely deafening every time he rolled his dice.

    I think they shut the league down after the first game.

  4. < ![CDATA[Had a local buddy who belonged to a Blood Bowl league at his FLGS. Some point mid-season, they mandated dice towers in the name of "fairness." Apparently some d-bag players were being cheesy about rolling dice, palming and sliding them on the table, dumb cheaty shit like that. So he hated, just hated, that now everyone was lumped in together with the bad actors. His libertarian streak lit up and he had a mission. So he engineered, I shit you not, the most elaborate and noisy dice tower contraption he could come up with in a week. Took him an hour to build it at the shop. Absolutely deafening every time he rolled his dice.
    I think they shut the league down after the first game.]]>

  5. < ![CDATA[Yeah, I'm down with felt-lined dice box. My friend Thomas uses those with his copper dice, and it muffles the sound as well as preventing the Scouring of his Table. Also keeps the nasty little things from ending up on the floor!]]>

  6. I use a dice tower sometimes, because often my game coffee table is so crowded with stuff that a free dice roll just means lost and hidden dice. The tower keeps them all in one place and under control. That said, mine is a pretty cheap and small one and does the job fine.

  7. < ![CDATA[I use a dice tower sometimes, because often my game coffee table is so crowded with stuff that a free dice roll just means lost and hidden dice. The tower keeps them all in one place and under control. That said, mine is a pretty cheap and small one and does the job fine.]]>

  8. Paul Beakley Use the Rix dice with this tower and you’re basically setting $85–$125 on fire.

    Seriously, I used mine with my $12 dice tray for one session of a PbtA game and they pitted the fuck out of it.

  9. < ![CDATA[Paul Beakley Use the Rix dice with this tower and you're basically setting $85–$125 on fire. Seriously, I used mine with my $12 dice tray for one session of a PbtA game and they pitted the fuck out of it.]]>

  10. I have no issue with dice towers per se, as I get the (maybe silly) fairness thing. Plus, I guess you shave off a few seconds with the simple act of dropping dice in it — as opposed to collecting a palmful in your hards or a cup and shaking them. Add the tray component and your dice are always contained in a defined space.

    I just dunno if the whole deal is worth spending this kind of money, master craftsmanship or not.

  11. < ![CDATA[I have no issue with dice towers per se, as I get the (maybe silly) fairness thing. Plus, I guess you shave off a few seconds with the simple act of dropping dice in it — as opposed to collecting a palmful in your hards or a cup and shaking them. Add the tray component and your dice are always contained in a defined space. I just dunno if the whole deal is worth spending this kind of money, master craftsmanship or not.]]>

  12. I got my crazy expensive screen as a gift and even I feel self-conscious about it. Someone also gave me a pair of expensive metal d20s and I’m half “wow these are so pretty” and half “….really? These exist?”

    I don’t understand dice towers either. Although I do have an excessively fancy rolling tray from Etsy.

  13. < ![CDATA[I got my crazy expensive screen as a gift and even I feel self-conscious about it. Someone also gave me a pair of expensive metal d20s and I’m half “wow these are so pretty” and half “....really? These exist?” I don’t understand dice towers either. Although I do have an excessively fancy rolling tray from Etsy.]]>

  14. < ![CDATA[I have a (far cheaper) dice tower. I don't think I've used it except as a novelty. Maybe it's handy for something with a big dice pool. My dice tray on the other hand (a Christmas present) is quite lovely.]]>

  15. Weirdly I feel less upset about stuff like this than badly designed games? I guess because you know exactly what you’re getting and paying for and there’s not a lot of hyperbolic promises along with it?

    I remember my dad had a nice set of dominoes that came in this nice wood crafted case. I didn’t realize growing up that most dominoes were cheap in cheap boxes. So I can appreciate a bit of the tactile aspect if it’s something you plan on using for years to come.

    (in raw practicality, I’d rather have a tray, though.)

  16. < ![CDATA[Weirdly I feel less upset about stuff like this than badly designed games? I guess because you know exactly what you're getting and paying for and there's not a lot of hyperbolic promises along with it? I remember my dad had a nice set of dominoes that came in this nice wood crafted case. I didn't realize growing up that most dominoes were cheap in cheap boxes. So I can appreciate a bit of the tactile aspect if it's something you plan on using for years to come. (in raw practicality, I'd rather have a tray, though.)]]>

  17. I’ve used a dice basket (little plastic baskets that we got for about 2 for a dollar) at the table so that people would not end up with dice on the floor or on the table knocking things over. These were much more practical than any of these systems I see in use, and towers are right out.

  18. < ![CDATA[I've used a dice basket (little plastic baskets that we got for about 2 for a dollar) at the table so that people would not end up with dice on the floor or on the table knocking things over. These were much more practical than any of these systems I see in use, and towers are right out.]]>

  19. Chris Chinn Yeah, most of the prestige gaming accessories I’ve seen look like quality workmanship, so I feel like they justify their price tags.

    But their mere existence sometimes has me questioning things.

  20. < ![CDATA[Chris Chinn Yeah, most of the prestige gaming accessories I’ve seen look like quality workmanship, so I feel like they justify their price tags. But their mere existence sometimes has me questioning things.]]>

  21. My problem with dice towers is that they take away the ritual. For games where player interaction with dice and the mechanics of entropy is essential, they don’t belong.

    So, I’d be fine with one at a D&D game, but never allow one at a Torchbearer or BW table.

  22. < ![CDATA[My problem with dice towers is that they take away the ritual. For games where player interaction with dice and the mechanics of entropy is essential, they don't belong. So, I'd be fine with one at a D&D game, but never allow one at a Torchbearer or BW table.]]>

  23. Paul Beakley I’m way into it!

    I feel like it’s something that travels well, and the primary place I’d worry that my dice would become truely lost if they went off the table is in a convention environment.

  24. < ![CDATA[Paul Beakley I'm way into it! I feel like it's something that travels well, and the primary place I'd worry that my dice would become truely lost if they went off the table is in a convention environment.]]>

  25. I purchased a dice tower and portable tray (their “dice tower system”) for myself as a late Christmas present two years ago after I’d purchased gift cards to their site planning to buy a tray, but my wife surprised me and purchased me the same wood tabletop dice tray I had been eyeing as a present. Since I already had money set aside, I picked up the tower anyway. While by no means required, I don’t understand an active dislike of the things. I like it, as it reduces (for me at least) the overeager dice rolling that sometimes means a die pops out of your hand before you intend to roll.

    FWIW, their tower doesn’t work as well with the tabletop tray as it does with the portable tray, which has much higher sides: I find d20s do occasionally bounce out.

  26. < ![CDATA[I purchased a dice tower and portable tray (their “dice tower system”) for myself as a late Christmas present two years ago after I’d purchased gift cards to their site planning to buy a tray, but my wife surprised me and purchased me the same wood tabletop dice tray I had been eyeing as a present. Since I already had money set aside, I picked up the tower anyway. While by no means required, I don’t understand an active dislike of the things. I like it, as it reduces (for me at least) the overeager dice rolling that sometimes means a die pops out of your hand before you intend to roll. FWIW, their tower doesn’t work as well with the tabletop tray as it does with the portable tray, which has much higher sides: I find d20s do occasionally bounce out.]]>