With the rise in popularity in Dungeons and Dragons comes players new to the game who may not understand standard practices that seasoned players have taken for granted. One of the most common questions for new Table Top Role Playing Game players is, “Why do I need a Dice Tower?”
There are multiple reasons why a dice tower can be useful, and even necessary, in TTRPG games like Dungeons and Dragons. There are of course the obvious benefits of a tower, such as ease of use for disabled people or those who have trouble rolling lots of dice at once. However, dice towers were originally made in order to prevent cheating when rolling. It’s nearly impossible to cheat when rolling a perfectly balanced die through a dice tower, as it does the rolling for you. While most DM’s aren’t usually too concerned with cheating at their table, dice towers are especially useful for game-critical rolls (such as saving throws and final blows) so that players and DM’s alike can be sure the roll is truly random.
Dice towers have many additional uses beyond their reason for invention. The second most common reason that people need dice towers is due to the lack of space on the table. A dice tower can solve many spacial issues such as dice knocking over models, dice rolling off the table, or the table being too crowded and stopping the dice mid-roll. Dice towers with trays, such as the Tree Trunk Dice Tower, prevent all of these problems. Towers like these are especially good for online play when players like to be shown dice rolls while still using physical dice. It’s much easier to point a camera at the same place for every roll rather than at wherever the dice lands on the table.
Lastly, dice towers add another level of aesthetics to the game. Many players enjoy the sound of dice rumbling through a tower, and DM’s find that rolling large sums of dice through a tower raises the anticipation level of the players. They also function as added landscape to the table, making the world feel more developed and the players more immersed in the game. Some beautiful, intricate towers, such as the Treehouse Dice Tower can even double as in-game terrain if desired. Multipurpose dice towers like this one, designed by Crosslances, are just the latest innovation on dice towers that will only get better as more and more people start playing tabletop games