Braille 3D Dice Models by the DOTS RPG Project
(Download Links Below)
[“Image Description” below are 8 dice models rendered in 3D a d20, a d12, a d10 (pointed ends),
a d10 (blunt ends), a d8, 1 d6 (with rounded edges), a d6 (with angled edges), and a d4.]
Here are some free 3D printer files I sketched out in Photoshop. I reached out to a mechanical engineering student and he did an absolutely FANTASTIC job creating he 3D Model Files (.stl format). DOTS had these created so that people could download these for free, print them out and share with the visually impaired community…of course if your sighted and just want a set, go for it!
The dice models are free…but not to reproduce for sale (doing this would be a slap in the face of this effort). DOTS RPG gives permission to download the models and print for personal use. If you are printing for other people, we understand you might need help with material costs, but not a single penny of profit is allowed. This means that you are not allowed to charge for time the 3D printer is run, only the actual materials used can be collected if needed.
We are also raising money to purchase a braille embossing printer. This printer will allow us to print duplex braille pages and even tactile graphics! How cool will it be when a visually impaired player will be able to read a land or dungeon map! We are going to be using this printer to create gaming materials for free at cost (this is not a profit effort. We have already translated The Black Hack by David Black and we are currently working on several other system conversions with other game designers. We’ll post things on this site but to really keep up with our efforts, please visit our DOTS RPG Project Facebook Group!
If you do not have access to a 3D printer, we’ve made the dice available on our DOTS Dice Shop on Shapeways. We did not mark up any dice, the prices shown are simply what Shapeways charges.
Visit the DOTS Dice Shop on Shapeways
Notes about the dice:
All dice, except for the d4, have a tactile line that represents the bottom of the braille cell for dot orientation purposes. Normal numbers are etched into the die for sighted players (these can be inked in as well).
The dice range from 19mm – 30mm to ensure that the dots are easily read.
d4: The d4 uses the top point as the dot orientation so basically when you roll the die, the top point references the top of the braille cell when reading the dots.
d6: Comes in two versions because some games, like Fantasy AGE & Savage Worlds, calls for a wild die of a different color. Having one die with rounded edge and another with angled edges allow for a d6 differential.
d10: The d10 uses the number “0” that represents the number “Ten” when rolled individually. To roll percentile dice, either roll a d10 once for the tens values and again for the ones value….or roll the d10 with pointed ends and the d10 with blunted ends then choose which d10 represents the tens and which represents the ones.
d12 & d20: To keep the size of the dice down, I used the letters “K” through “T” to represent the numbers “11” through “20” respectively. This enabled the dice to be created with a single braille cell instead of either making the die huge or the dots super tiny.
3D Model Files (Please share this with everyone you know and post some pictures on our Facebook group of dice you’ve created! We’d love to see them and hear your feedback):