It wouldn’t be a week of toy making if a dice tower did not find it’s way into the mix.
We’ve been playing a lot of Pathfinder recently and it has been an amazing experience. My wife is an elf rogue, my brother a human warrior and my neighbor/bff is wandering around as a wizard. The trio has battled zombies, dragons, werewolves, goblins and more all before reaching level two. With the campaign’s end nowhere in sight, I thought it would be a good time to bring a menacing looking tower to my side to instill fear into the heart’s of the PCs!
…and I really like the way dice sound when falling down a wooden tower.
The dice tower is an easy enough concept. Make a tall block twist and bump dice before bringing them a stop. There’s some real thought that has to go into these things though! They can’t be too tall or the roll takes forever. They can’t be too wide as table space is limited. They have to actually let dice travel all the way through. They have to fit multiple sizes of dice. There’s a ton of design aspects to consider.
This tower is about four inches wide in what is basically a square. Eight inches tall, give or take. Made of OSB and held together only be glue. Through the tower there are bolts for dice to bounce off of and at the bottom there’s a ramp to guide the dice to the felt landing area. Just behind the ramp is another bolt, this one with an eye-hole, to push any dice that may get stuck. This situation has not yet happened, but it will and I have a way to stop it now.
The tower rests on a cedar plank and a fence made of balsa wood tries to keep dice on the bit of felt at the base of the tower.
There are no screws in the whole project. All glue. I expect it will crumble just as the players defeat a nefarious king or something really poetic like that. I’m really looking forward to what it will add to our game play.
Most satisfying moment: hearing the dice ping off the metal bolts of the tower’s interior.
Time to complete: 30 minutes of work, 1 hour total. Holding together the tower was tough before the glue settled.
Cost: Probably $7 in material. The bolts, balsa, and OSB all found their way to my house from other sources, so I don’t know how much they cost. Bolts can be expensive and the balsa wood came from a specialty hobby shop, but could easily be replaced by more OSB or other cheap material. Paint is always expensive and the tower used a lot of it. Wood glue and felt were used as well. Overall, much cheaper than buying one pre-made.
Fun level: You should hear the sound of the dice on the bolts! It is amazing.