Dice Boot: The Portable Dice Tower
polycarbonate, revised clamshell package
List Price: $19.95
Your Price: $15.99
(Worth 1,599 Funagain Points!)
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Tired of dice rolling off the table? Weary of lugging around unwieldy dice towers? Looking to take control of your dice rather than your dice controlling you! Then, this portable dice rolling tower designed to assemble into a convenient, free-standing boot shape is for you!
This is a great product I recently purchased from Tom Vasel whose podcast is sponsored here. It is a neat product that makes rolling dice fun and it's portable.
I wanted an inexpensive, transparent dice boot/tower, and this one fit the bill.
As is, this dice boot has a couple of drawbacks: i. it is a bit noisy for some tastes; ii. the smooth surface doesn't grip dice, allowing them to slide instead of tumble.
I bought a few dollars worth of Moleskin and a 'rubber husband' rubber jar opener and easily fixed both shortcomings. I glued sections of the rubber jar opener to sections of Moleskin and then applied the Moleskin to the surfaces that the dice make contact with.
To eliminate 'stuctural rattling' (the boot pieces don't fit completely tightly to each other, and so rattle a bit) I put three rubber bands around the tower.
The result isn't beautiful, but it is quiet and the dice tumble nicely.
I was somehow expecting something bigger when I asked the owner of the local gameshop to order me one of these babies. I wish it had been bigger, too, since the wall of the dice corral is barely 3/4" at it's shortest. Dice frequently bounce out: even more frequently if you're rolling more at one time.
Regarding another reviewer's misgivings about the randomization of the d4, I did some testing. I took a fair* d4 and dropped it into the boot, with the 1-corner initially pointing up and the 2-corner initially pointing toward the back of the boot in each of the 84 trials. (So, if the boot were bouncing the die in an insufficiently random way, we could expect to see a bias in the results.) Sum of chi-squared values divided by E was about 2.43, which the math majors amongst you might notice indicates adequate randomization**.
However, the boot loses 1/2 star for not being very visually impressive (I still want a big, ostentatious, 3-foot tall dice tower... maybe I'm just sick.), and a further full star for the frequency with which dice bounce out. In short, the dice boot is really only worth getting if you're concerned that your friends aren't rolling fairly. It won't keep your dice from knocking over your minis, it won't keep your dice from winding up on the floor, and it's not very beautiful to behold.
*(chi-squared method, 80 trials, 20 expected appearances per face, sum
of chi-squared values divided by E = <2)
**(a value over 6 might have been a reason to lift an eyebrow, and a value over 12 would have indicated a certainly biased roll.) So, drop your d4s into the dice boot without fear!