The Dice Tower (w/photo)

And here is the finished dice tower. It works pretty well. I’m never really happy with anything I make, but this wasn’t a total loss.

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4 thoughts on “The Dice Tower (w/photo)

  1. Heh, I’d have to get permission from Bruce Hirst to sell them, but he grants that sort of permission regularly. If I were to go that route I’d probably create one in sections and create individual molds for each section so that I could just cast the sections, glue them and paint them then sell them.

    I’ve thought about it. I consider this one to be a sort of prototype, there are a couple of improvements I would make if I were to make more. The two main things would be to make the dice collection area bigger and to bring the bottom ramp closer to the collection area so that the dice didn’t sometimes end up back under the tower in the shadows.

    I checked online and there are a lot of commercially available dice towers, made from a variety of materials. I think this looks as good as most of them. 🙂

  2. One more comment here, I was really quite impressed with the photo here. I took it with my iPad mini and I was more than a little surprised to see how much of the tower was in focus.

  3. Did a more thorough internet search of dice rolling towers. Turns out there’s a LOT of them. That could be a good or a bad thing. The good thing is that indicates there must be a market for them. The bad thing is that there’s a lot of competition. From what I can tell based on price point and commonality, there are two basic versions of the dice tower on the market. One is the high-end market which are almost all made of wood and range from $35 to well over $100. The other is a low-end market where there are either wooden or plexiglas towers that are sold as kits to be assembled and are basically just pieces that are joined together in a tongue and groove construction process. My suspicion is that those low-end ones are very loud and probably distracting during play. I don’t think I want to have a table full of people constantly clattering a bunch of dice down a plexiglass or wooden tower with no sound-deadening attributes. Those towers tend to cost around $10-$15.

    If I were to make these and try to sell them it would have to be at the high end since just the materials alone would cost around $10-$15. To make a custom mold for this would likely cost around $100 of mold-making material alone. Each tower will probably require a couple bucks of hydrostone and maybe a buck or so of paint, felt, styrofoam or other foam elements. Assembling and painting them would probably take an hour or so each. If I value my time at $20/hr then I’m already looking at having to sell a couple dozen at $30 just to break even. After that though it would be a pretty nice profit per tower sold. But how many could I expect to sell? All of this is assuming I do my own custom sculpt instead of using Hirst blocks, if I use Hirst blocks there’s an additional royalty I’d have to pay Bruce Hirst.

    I could just do it for fun and see what I can do on eBay. Maybe I’d make my money back, maybe not…

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