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