The Meyer Dice Tube

"Dice rolling....Perfected!"

Dungeons & Dragons, & other RPG's

Dungeons & Dragons (abbreviated as D&D or DnD) is a fantasy role-playing game (RPG) originally designed by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, and first published in 1974 by Tactical Studies Rules, Inc.  The game has been published by Wizards of the Coast since 1997.  It was derived from "miniature wargames" with a variation of the game Chainmail serving as the initial rule system.  D&Ds publication is widely regarded as the beginning of modern role-playing games and the role-playing game industry.

As of 2010, Dungeons & Dragons remains the best-known and best-selling role-playing game, with an estimated 30 million people having played the game and more than $1.5 billion in book and equipment sales.

 

Rolling Dice in DnD:

The rolling of dice is an important component of DnD.  The dice used for DnD are polyhedral (having a varying number of multiple sides) and generally are comprised of a 4-sided die (d4), a 6-sided die (d6), an 8-sided die (d8), 2 10-sided dice (d10s), a 12-sided die (d12), and the notorious 20-sided die (d20).

The method of rolling dice in DnD is problematic.  The die or dice are usually tossed out of a player's hand onto a table, or sometimes rolled out of a cup.  Any DnD player is aware of the problems with these traditional methods:

  • Dice rolled onto a board or grid can hit character pieces or other articles, knocking them out of position
  • Dice rolled via the traditional method often roll off the table
  • Unfortunately, some players have developed dice-rolling skills that give them an unfair advantage over honest rollers

There are several products already marketed toward DnD players to eliminate the above problems.  These products are called "Dice Towers" or "Dice Boots".  Many DnD players have tried these products, and quickly realized that they were not an acceptable solution due to several issues:

  • Dice Towers (or Boots) are LOUD!!  They use plastic baffle plates to direct the die (or dice) down the "Tower" and into a "landing tray"
  • These Towers (or Boots) are large and cumbersome to use
  • Who wants to carry a product of this size to a DnD adventure?

Why You Need a Meyer Dice Tube:

The RPG version of the Meyer Dice Tube (REMOVABLE CAPS model) is the most unique configuration constructed.  As explained below (in Product Details), the end caps can be quickly and easily removed and reinstalled.  This allows you to choose how you want to use your tube for RPG's.  Due to its versatility, you can use it different ways in different situations.  It's your Meyer Dice Tube...so you choose how you wish to use it!

 

  1. METHOD #1:  Roll your die (or dice) with both end caps installed.  When it's time to roll a die (or dice), hold the bottom end cap in place with one hand, while lifting the tube with the other hand (see NOTE below).  This will easily separate the tube from the lower cap.  Then, place the desired die (or dice) onto the surface of the bottom cap, and replace the tube onto the cap by simply twisting it down onto the cap.  The tube is now sealed and ready for your roll.  Grab the tube and flip it over!  Your die (or dice) will tumble down the helix of latex "rods" and settle in the bottom of the tube.  It's as easy as that!  When it's time to roll a different die (or dice), twist the tube off of the bottom end cap and exchange dice as necessary for your next roll.
  2. METHOD #2:  Roll your die (or dice) without either end cap installed.  Using this method, the Meyer Dice Tube is basically a miniature Dice Tower.  With both end caps removed, position the tube vertically in front of you on the table.  Select the die (or dice) to roll, and simply drop the die (or dice) into the open top of the tube!  The die (or dice) will tumble down the helix of rods and settle onto the surface below (table-top, etc.).
  3. METHOD #3:  Roll your die (or dice) with only the bottom end cap installed.  This method is similar to METHOD #2 in that you get to drop your die (or dice) into the open top of the tube.  But, with the bottom end cap installed, your die (or dice) will fall onto the landing pad rather than onto the table surface.  To exchange dice, simply invert the tube and let the die (or dice) roll out of the tube and into your hand.  The tube is now empty and ready for your next roll.

NOTE:  You may find that twisting the cap will assist in removing and replacing the cap.

 

 

 

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 design of the end caps allows them to easily be removed and replaced so that RPG players can quickly swap out the die or dice to be rolled.  Because a variety of polyhedral dice are used in RPG's, and different dice are rolled frequently, the Meyer Dice Tube for RPG's is constructed with end caps that are larger in diameter than the tubes outer diameter, which makes removing either end cap a quick and simple process (even easier than removing a cork from a bottle).

 

Due to the high quality materials and the construction 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!

 

 

Additionally, each Meyer Dice Tube is shipped in a soft, black fleece drawstring bag.  So you can store your dice set inside the Meyer Dice Tube, which you can carry in the drawstring bag.  Now, how cool is that??