Retro Sci-fi Starship Dice Tower
Someone 3D printed a dice tower shaped as a square castle tower at the library where I work and that got me to thinking. Are there any sci-fi dice towers out there, specifically ones shaped like spaceships? After searching around a bit I couldn't find any so I decided to make one myself. You can see the finished result, printed and painted in the image on the right.
Modeled on the lines of the old retro sci-fi ships from the pulp era, this dice tower stands just under 9" tall and the landing pad (dice tray) is about 5.5" in diameter.
The towers are 3D printed and come in two pieces: the ship itself and the dice tray (as seen to the left). They are shipped unpainted but with the printing support material removed. There are two options. The first is to have the ship poised above the landing pad with the dice coming out all sides of the ship. The second is to have the ship poised off the side of the dice tray and have the dice come out just the one side. Either option will handle standard polyhedral dice (up to 23mm). Models of the two options are shown below.
If you'd like to order one, simply click on the "Buy Now" buttons at the bottom of the page which will take you to Paypal to complete the order. If you don't want to use Paypal, send me an e-mail and we see what we can work out. In both cases, the cost of the tower is $40+$10 shipping in the US. If you live outside the US we can figure out shipping separately (it looks to be about $25 to anywhere in the world).
Once the order is received, it could take up to a week or two to actually get the dice tower printed. I'm printing these on a shared print queue at the library and it simply depends on how many jobs are in the queue before me (printing takes about 16 hours). Until I can afford my own 3D printer this is the most affordable option. I priced these towers out on several on-line 3D print stores and the costs ranged from $40-70 at places where someone was printing them on their home printers up to $100-300 from a professional printing service. Once printed, I'll be shipping them out via USPS Priority Mail. Once the model is in the print queue, I'll send an e-mail giving an estimate of when it will be done printing and send another one when it ships.
If you have your own printer and just want the model files, those will be going up on DriveThruRPG in the next few days. I just need to write up a little blurb and make sure there aren't any issues with the models.
I'm considering making two other versions. The first is a "super-sized" version that is about 12" tall with a 7.5" landing pad (This is the largest height that can be made with the printer I'm using). The second is a variation on the standard model that insted of having the dice come out of the sides of the ship, they would simply drop out of the bottom and there would be a small cone on the dice tray to help disperse them away from right under the ship. If you would be interested in either of these versions send me an e-mail and let me know. The alternate standard version would still be $40 and the larger version would probably end up costing about $60 plus shipping but I haven't actually priced that one out yet.
Finally, I'm going to be running a Kickstarter for this dice tower, basically to fund getting my own printer so I can make these and other projects for cheaper in the future. The cost on the Kickstarter will be $30+10 shipping instead of the $40+10 shipping here but I'll need to have 53 backers at that price point to fund the Kickstarter. So if you'd rather wait send me an e-mail to get on the announcement list for when the Kickstarter begins (Probably mid November 2017). If you don't want to wait or don't want to deal with Kickstarter, feel free to order one now.
|Standard Model||On-the-Side Model|