Welcome back to 3rd World Gaming, a little series dedicated to gaming cheaper, without sacrificing fun. Being a resident of the Philippines tends to reduce your options when it comes to buying RPG related stuff to pretty much nothing. There’s only one store that actually has an active RPG inventory (hint: it’s not the one with the WotC distributor’s license!) and even that store doesn’t really carry corebooks on stock in a regular basis.
Because of this, it’s not surprising that Roleplaying games, and their materials are extremely rare, and likewise prohibitively expensive. So, in the spirit of frugality, here are a few things I’ve been making and doing to save on cash.
Make your own Dice Tray
Dice trays are neat to have. They make sure that dice don’t roll off the edge of the table and underneath a sofa, resulting in wasted time and the occasional dice lost to the void. However, dice trays aren’t that common here in the Philippines, as my girlfriend and I have realized after several weeks of trying to hunt one down, so we’ve decided to make it a simple arts and crafts project.
All you’ll need are:
- An old, tupperware or microwavable plastic container (rounded would be good, though rectangles are fine. If it has a nice tight-fitting lid, then that’s even better.)
- Some craft glue, and
- Some felt paper to line it.
A little bit of elbow grease is all you need to make this work. Lining the inside surface of the container with felt should serve to reduce the amount of bouncing around inside, and with a wide enough container (say 8″ in diameter) it should work just as well as any other dice tray in the market, and you don’t even need to know any form of carpentry to do it. And when the game’s over, you can keep the dice inside, just put on the lid and slip it into your backpack.
My girlfriend and I have been thinking up of all sorts of ways to save on cash without sacrificing the quality of the game, At the moment we’ve got the following topic lines up and I’m hoping for some feedback on what else you guys would like to read about:
- DIY Gaming Supplies
- Alternative uses for old toys
- Pooling Resources, a shared library and common pool of dice
- Finding the right public venue for a game
- PDF or Hardcopies, which do you really need?
- Out of the basement and into the light
We’re very interested to hear about what you’d like to see more of. Feel free to leave a comment or send me an email over at pointyman2000 -at- gmail -dot- com with your suggestions.