22
Aug
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Nerds love dice. They're a fundamental part of any good Dungeons & Dragons session, along with any number of quirky board and card games that have spawned over the years. Yet the harder we game, the harder it is for dice to keep up. We've bumped them up to eight sides and twelve sides, then, in a moment of panic, dropped down to four. But they still aren't quite up to the task. That is why it's exciting to see an innovation like DICE+, a die that can connect to smartphones and tablets via Bluetooth. The functionality here is so impressive that we will ignore that it only has six sides.

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When it's not in use, the DICE+ looks like a rip-off. It has all the functionality of a die without any numbers. Once powered, the numbers fade in with an attractive glow. It's cool enough to want to use with traditional board games, even if that does somewhat defeat the point. It comes bundled with six games, all compatible with Android devices.

DICE+ Bundled Games:

  • Backgammon
  • Chuchumba
  • Dice+ Heroes
  • Rainbow Jack
  • Rumble Stumble
  • This Way Up

Other Supported Titles:

  • Pirates
  • Reiner Knizia's Supremacy
  • Bella & Max

The vast majority of multiplayer games available for Android are meant to be played online, encouraging players to bond with others on the other side of the world. This is all fine and dandy, but it comes at the detriment of our face-to-face personal relationships. Turning that tablet or smartphone into a virtual game board brings friends and family back together, and it does so without all the hassle of maintaining a stack of boxes filled with cards and oddly shaped pieces. Just look at all the smiling faces in the trailer below.

DICE+ has been in development for quite some time now, having been first unveiled over a year ago, and it's finally set to launch later this month. Pre-orders are available for $39, plus an additional $8 for shipping. Considering that's roughly the price of two or three physical board games, the price isn't half bad. And to sweeten the deal, there's no proprietary cable - as quirky as this thing is, it's powered via micro USB, just as the tech gods intended. I just hope that future versions are called DICE+8 or, perhaps, Heroic Dice Of Chance+12.

Source: DICE+

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • Clint P

    Thank you for using the term 'die' correctly. I can't believe how many people say stuff like: "Will you hand me that dice?" When they are talking about a single die.

  • Eli Staroverov

    Why not just have an app with a virtual die?

    • http://tonybullard.com/ Tony Bullard

      Because it's hard to sell an app for $40

      • Matthew Fry

        haha

    • firesoul453

      These are not worth the money, but apps just aren't quite the same.

    • Richard Switzer

      Next step... DICE++ which has little LCD screens on each face, and let's you *set* how many virtual sides it has, and just displays a rand(x) value on whatever side ends up face up.

      • http://turbofool.com Jarrett Lennon Kaufman

        THAT's what I was expecting this to be, with it able to virtualize a variety of different-sides die. To find out it just has the same output as a normal one leaves me a bit more confused about what value it really provides.

  • D W

    40 bucks for two or three board games ?!? I think you mean 'bored' games. My games cost $50 each usually. Those are board games. Cool gadget though!

    • The_Juggernaut_Bitch

      Oh, sh*t, have people started getting f*cking hipsterish on board games now?

  • Dan

    So... nothing in this story tells me anything about what the product does. A little too much effort on being cute, not quite enough effort on providing info.

  • RitishOemraw

    Let's hope Apple never comes with a similar product...the naming convention would cause havoc for suicide hotline

  • DavidMeckes

    If the weigh distribution of the internal components is not uniform, then the die will skew probabilities. For example, the micro USB connector on one face might make that face end up face down more than other sides because of the weight of the connector.

  • GraveUypo

    what's with putting computers inside of things nowadays? soon we'll have smart pants, smart guitars, smart food... and all they'll do is log on facebook on a tiny screen to auto-post about shit you do with it (instead of what you'd expect)

  • Hal Motley

    This will go well with my Chessex Pound o' Dice and the nine pairs of craps dice I got in Vegas. XD

  • Hal Motley

    I presume there is an API for developers to use too. Just planning ahead! XD

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