The Meyer Dice Tube

"Dice rolling....Perfected!"

For Monopoly

 

"A Monopoly Player's New Best Friend!"

 

Today, MONOPOLY is the best-selling board game in the world, sold in 103 countries and produced in 37 languages. But where did the MONOPOLY game come from? How did this phenomenal pastime get its start?

It was 1934, the height of the Great Depression, when Charles B. Darrow of Germantown, Pennsylvania, showed what he called the MONOPOLY game to the executives at Parker Brothers.  Unbelievably, they rejected the game due to "52 design errors"!  But Mr. Darrow wasn't daunted.  Like many other Americans, he was unemployed at the time, and the game's exciting promise of fame and fortune inspired him to produce the game on his own.  With help from a friend who was a printer, Mr. Darrow sold 5,000 handmade sets of the MONOPOLY game to a Philadelphia department store.  People loved the game! But as demand for the game grew, he couldn't keep up with all the orders and came back to talk to Parker Brothers again.  The rest, as they say, is history!  In its first year, 1935, the MONOPOLY game was the best-selling game in America.  And over its 78-year history, an estimated 500 million people have played the game of MONOPOLY!

Monopoly's Biggest Problem:

 

Monopoly is a fantastic board game!  However, the most common complaint from Monopoly players (and players of virtually every other game that uses loose dice) is the simple fact that the rolling of loose dice is inherently problematic.

 

This simple product:

 

  • speeds up the game by completely eliminating re-rolls due to dice bouncing or rolling off the board, or due to cocked dice
  • forever eliminates the need to move dice on the board because they are interfering with the movement of a player's game piece
  • forever eliminates dice hitting items on the Monopoly board (game pieces, houses, hotels, etc.), knocking them out of position
  • completely eliminates any possibility of dice-cheating
  • eliminates forgetting whose turn it is to play next
  • guarantees a random roll every time

 

 

Matt McNally (2003 US MONOPOLY Champion & Chairman of the World MONOPOLY Association) presents a Meyer Dice Tube to Kaname Okada (Vice-Chairman of the Japan MONOPOY Association) as a gift at the Japanese National MONOPOLY Champioship in December, 2010.

 

 

Another happy owner of a Meyer Dice Tube is Yutaka Okada, 2000 World MONOPOLY Champion & Executive Director of the Japan MONOPOLY Association.

 

 

For 78 years, the rolling of dice in Monopoly has not changed .

The dice are tossed out of your hand (or sometimes a cup) onto the Monopoly board. 

 

Monopoly players simply accept the fact that dice will occasionally bounce or roll off the board and onto the floor.  Dice occasionally land "cocked" (leaning against a player's game piece; against other items on the game board such as stacks of cards, houses or hotels; or against each other).  We know that when these things happen we have to retrieve the dice and re-roll.  We also accept the fact that dice sometimes land in places where they interfere with the movement of a player's game piece.  We know that when this happens we have to reach down and carefully slide the die (or dice) to another location of the board so that we can move our game piece.  That's just part of the game.

 

We also accept the fact that dice sometimes hit one or more items on the Monopoly board (such as playing pieces, houses, hotels, cards, etc.), knocking them out of position.  When this happens, a dispute may follow as to where the items were located before being hit.  Unfortunately, it is also a fact that some dishonest players have developed dice-rolling skills that give them an unfair advantage over honest rollers.

 

Many players have adopted the practice of rolling the dice into the game's box-top to eliminate some of these problems.  Passing a large box-top from player to player between rolls is cumbersome, at best, and still doesn't eliminate re-rolls due to cocked dice, or the possibility of dice-cheating.

How many times have you been playing Monopoly and everyone suddenly gets distracted by a conversation, an unexpected phone call, a knock on the door, etc?  Here is what often happens after such a distraction:  "Who's turn is it?"...."Who just rolled?"

 

 Now it's time to think "outside of the box", and think inside of the tube.

 

We no longer have to accept any of those "facts".

The Meyer Dice Tube takes the dice off the Monopoly board.

The board is for the playing pieces, not the dice!

 

 

The Meyer Dice Tube is a 9" tall, clear tube constructed of the highest quality extruded acrylic.  Two dice are permanently sealed inside.  A single length of "surgical-grade" latex tubing is laced through 26 drilled holes to form 13 "rods" which run through the center of the tube.  These "rods" are positioned so that they form a helix, spiraling exactly 360 degrees.

When it's your turn to "roll the dice", you simply flip the tube over.  The dice tumble down this "spiral staircase" and fall onto the landing surface at the base of the tube.  The design of the Meyer Dice Tube guarantees an absolute random outcome every time!

 

The tube is set on the table, to the left of the player who just "rolled" (flipped the tube), not on the Monopoly board.  Once the player's turn is over, the player to his left lifts the tube, flips it over, and sets it to his left.  It's that simple!

Therefore, you never again have to worry about forgetting whose turn it is....the player with the Meyer Dice Tube to his left is the player who made the last move.

 

For information on how to order yours, click on the "Buy SEALED Meyer Dice Tubes" link in the left column!

Monopoly players will want to order the SEALED tube with 2 STANDARD dice.

Click on the "Choose Your Dice" link to see the 10 different colors of STANDARD dice available for your Meyer Dice Tube.

 

 

Product Details:

The Meyer Dice Tube is constructed of the highest quality extruded acrylic.  The tube is 9 inches tall and 2.25 inches in diameter, with an inner diameter of 2 inches (1/8" thick walls).  The spiraling helix is formed using "surgical-grade" latex tubing.  The 13 "rods" are progressively angled at 30-degree intervals (twelve 30-degree intervals from the first "rod" yields exactly 360 degrees, one complete rotation).  The ends of the tube are sealed using 1/8" acrylic discs, which are sealed to the tube with a specially formulated clear acrylic cement using a capillary sealing method.

Due to the high quality materials and the fabrication methods, the Meyer Dice Tube is virtually indestructible, so don't worry about it breaking if it falls off the table.

 

This product is built to last forever!

 

The interior surface of the end caps (the "landing pads") are circular adhesive sections of Velcro® hook material (the plastic part, not the fuzzy stuff).  This provides just enough bounce when the dice land to virtually eliminate any possibility of cocked dice once they settle in the bottom.  If a flip does result in a cocked die or (rarely) stacked dice, simply flip the tube again.

 

The dice are high-quality, 16 mm translucent dice (with recessed pips) imported from Germany.  Ten different colors are available, so you can choose which color (or 2 colors) you want in your Meyer Dice Tube.  Some Monopoly players like the 2 dice to be the same color, while others like 2 different colors.  It's your tube...you choose the dice that you want!

 

Additionally, each Meyer Dice Tube is shipped in a soft, black fleece drawstring bag.

 

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