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The Dice Tower of Babylon

by Zarkith - Compo Entry

*All screenshots taken in Tabletop Simulator

Second time I made a tabletop game for the compo, but this time it isn't complicated out the ass!

This is a dice game for upwards of 2 players. The only limit is the number of dice you have, which is 10 per player.

The objective is to construct and grow a tower of dice to reach the tabletop heavens, home of our lord and savior RNGesus. To do this, players must place dice equal to the last digit of the sum of the two adjacent dice beneath it.

Everyone places one dice at a time, or rolls a new one if they have no moves, until either one player has ran out of dice, no one is able to make a valid move, the tower is completed (almost impossible), or the tower is accidentally destroyed.

More in-depth rules can be found inside the TTS mod and in the Print & Play link.


Speaking of the custom dice, their faces were randomly generated so that of the 10 in the set, no two are the same and every digit from 0 to 9 shows up exactly 6 times.

TL;DR It's kinda like UNO, but with dice.

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pluberski says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 3:44pm

I really like the idea of having the game be built in TableTop Sim. :)

StaNov says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:30pm

I don't get it... how do I play it? Do I have to download the Tabletop Simulator? Can I play it in single-player?

pjimmy says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:33pm

awesome, cool and creative tabletop game, nice job!

Zarkith says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 4:39pm

@StaNov This is a dice game that needs real life physical dice on a real life physical table to play.

Tabletop Simulator is a physics sandbox game that has tools to simulate real life physical table games.
It's only required to play this if you cannot physically print out enough of my custom dice, or don't have enough spare regular dice lying around your house.

peterthehe says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 5:07pm

This game is very special. I've rated this highly in innovation.

SadSmile says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:12pm

Would play in real life. Good job !

Dec 14, 2015 @ 6:22pm

I dig this. I don't have a large stack of friends to play this with right now, but I do have a bunch of d6, so I had a play solo. A circular tower is a satisfying shape to build out of cubes.

I almost wonder if I'd be having even more fun if I'd just been tower building, and not having to do base 6 math too.

Dec 14, 2015 @ 7:48pm

And now for something completely different lol... Honestly, I would absolutely love to play this game IRL. It's like jenga meets dominos meets yahtzee with some math sauce on the side. Get this shiz on kickstarter already bruh.

Dec 14, 2015 @ 9:40pm

Nice Idea! awesome game

refreshgames says ...
Dec 14, 2015 @ 10:05pm

Hey there, firstly, this looks like a pretty cool game, I'll have to go and grab some dice so I can rate it in the future, then have a game or two with the kids, except one of them is only 2 so, she'll probably lose straight away, still, I've downloaded the rules will put my scores on there post-gaming sesh :P

Also, thanks for the bug report on my game, I couldn't see why it was being caused for the life of me whilst developing it!

icereci says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 8:10pm

Very interesting idea to build the game in Table Top Simulator. I didn't recognize the TTS at first glance, and I was like, how is this compo?? clearly the art is borrowed :)
Nice game. Didn't watch the entire video but got the general idea.

tintreas says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 9:12pm

I can't figure out how to download it! Looks like fun though x

Saivan says ...
Dec 15, 2015 @ 11:13pm

All hail to the Tabletop supporters!

Neonlare says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 4:41am

Impossible for me to play this as I don't have TableTop Simulator. Isn't this pushing the definitions a little bit? Possibly not, but I can't give this any reviews on account of not having Tabletop Simulator, bummer :(.

Tuism says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 6:12am

I haven't got tabletop sim so that's a problem, but I do have a bunch of dice, so I'd be keen to try this physically sometime :)

I see the print and play, I guess I'll have to see how I can duplicate that onto my physical dice (cos no way I'm hand-building 10x number of players dice by hand).

Kudos :)

Zarkith says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 7:04am

@Neonlare It's not impossible if you have a printer, scissors, and glue. ;)

fullmontis says ...
Dec 17, 2015 @ 8:18pm

This is a really cool and original concept. I like it.

SayRafon says ...
Dec 18, 2015 @ 2:11pm

That's really a professionnal game ! well done !

Louspirit says ...
Dec 22, 2015 @ 5:24pm

Not sure this is adapted to the game jam concept...

Anti says ...
Jan 1, 2016 @ 11:39pm

Really creative, liked it! ;)

nihilaleph says ...
Jan 1, 2016 @ 11:42pm

+ Very innovative concept
+ Looks really fun (didn't actually play it, just watched the video)
o Really cool to have a TableTop Sim game, would play IRL

Awesome work!

ZpeedTube says ...
Jan 2, 2016 @ 12:09am

Very creative! :)
And cool that you also made the file for 3d printing, migth try to 3d print it some time in the future. ^^

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