I've been watching Fat Dragon Games' online website for some time now. A friend gave me the disk for The Ultimate GM Screen II, partly because he couldn't build it and I have an awesome printer, so I gave it my best college try and built it. Not bad for my first time doing "Card Stock Modeling"! I showed my gaming group the website and they "ooooed" and "aahhhhhed" over some of the things. One thing we can always use around the (big, as in 2) gaming table(s) are dice towers. When I showed them the first dice tower, it got a good response. When I showed them the second tower I got, "NOW THAT I LIKE!" I bought them both after the gaming session and started work on the Ultimate Dice Tower 2 that night.
First off... READ THE DIRECTIONS! Second thing... MAKE SURE YOU READ THE "HOW TO" PDF! And third... GET ALL OF THE SUPPLIES LISTED BEFORE YOU START PUTTING ANYTHING TOGETHER! >.> Learn from my Fail...
Follow the instructions to the LETTER! You -have- to put these things together IN ORDER! Skip a step or skip ahead and you'll find yourself reprinting parts and wasting time and money starting over.
I put this dice tower together in my spare time so I never really tracked how many hours I put into it. I watched many episodes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (the ones with Autolycus: The King of Thieves) and jammed out to tunes. I'd have to say around 5 to 6 hours, not rushed at all. I think that I could do another one in 3 to 4 hours (have to wait for glue to dry before you can go forward) with no sweat.
I edged with gray and black markers, depending on what color was closest. I learned that you MUST have a sharp XACTO blade to make good cuts. Score VERY lightly or you WILL go all the way through the paper! That's with 110# card stock too! Take your time and learn as you go.
How did mine turn out? ;D NAILED IT! >.> Well... a little better than = Close Enough... I didn't trim the rim down as much as the instructions said I should. After rolling some dice in it, I found it was hard to pick them out, so I trimmed it down to match the pictures and it not only looks better... I ROLLED A CRIT! (and a few other numbers too) Very large dice will NOT fit through the openings. All standard dice have no problems! I even threw a hand full into it and they all came out with no problems. The splitters in the volcano help mix up the dice and tumble them for random numbers.
I'll post a review of Ultimate Dice Tower 1 after I finish building it. I should have it done by next weekend, maybe sooner if I watch some Xena episodes with Autolycus in them... >.>;
That is all....