Warhammer 40,000: Assault Dice App Now Available

Assault Dice App

It’s time to go digital with your dice! The Assault Dice App is out on the AppStore.

Hey BoLS Readers – AdamHarry here with some interesting news: Games Workshop now has an officially licensed dice rolling app. Let’s take a quick look:

via assaultdice.com

Warhammer 40,000: Assault Dice is the officially licensed Games Workshop® dice roller for use with Warhammer 40,000 ® and your iPhone (Android compatibility coming soon). Designed from the ground up to simulate the unique mechanics of the game, Assault Dice captures the feel of using physical dice.

 

Assault Dice‘s sleek interface makes managing an army’s worth of dice fast and easy. Equipped with Warhammer 40,000‘s unique Scatter Die, as well, you’ll never have to worry about forgetting your dice the next time you play.

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Assault Dice captures the fast-moving pace for rolling to Hit, Wound, and Save, just as you would with regular dice, without leaving the screen. Assault Dice automatically tracks a customized pool of dice for each unit in your army, and you can move between them with a swipe. This way, your dice are ready to go each turn—without any additional setup. Need 4’s to Hit? See your successes in a glance. Cull down your dice pool with a simple gesture, and then re-roll for instant results. Return dice you’ve “set aside” by tapping the Dice Cup to prepare for the next turn.

 

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Forgot your Scatter Die? Assault Dice comes with a built-in Scatter Die Panel so your enemies can feel the wrath of your artillery. Place your device next to the target, roll the dice, and move the Scatter Die adjacent to the model. Incoming! Use the directional indicator to accurately line up your ruler for hyper-precise results. No more debates about true direction or distance.

Well it certainly looks pretty. For those of you out there that prefer digital to analog this may be something you want to pick-up. I may prefer rolling my own dice but this seems like a nice thing to have if you’ve got $2.99 to spare. Heck, that’s cheaper than buying a dice cube – and it comes with a scatter die! The directional indicator is a nice touch as it should help out with those parallax errors…

They are also working on android support and faction specific dice packs. I’ll keep an eye out for that Nid one!

Warhammer 40,000: Assault Dice $2.99

 

Go check it out – just make sure your device is compatible first! My question is if I microwave my phone will the dice roll 6’s?

  • Ahahahahaha!!!

    • Zingbaby

      Well it might keep the Front Line guys from cheating again!

  • Master Avoghai

    Part of the pleasure of the game is to throw handulf of dice, hence I don’t think this application is THAT necessary for normal dice roll
    But the scatter die system is really good : not only it’s sharper but the scatter die is always the one which get stolen by a random hand after turn 2 😛

    • jazeroth

      agreed. the scatter dice is the only reason i would use this app.

      • How do people keep losing them? I got about ten of those things.

        • euansmith

          Has it occurred to you that you might be the reason other people “lose” them 😉

          • *hides collection* nooooooo~

          • Simon Chatterley

            I’m like a Gollum Pokemon coach with dice.

            “Gotta stealz em all…”

      • John Bower

        Ye Gods man, you must play with one seriously dishonest crowd. I still have all mine.

  • Ehm…. no?
    Throwing a huge load of dice is half the fun of playing 40k.

    (Also there are dozends of dice-apps anyway. Free.)

    • benn grimm

      I do at times think there is perhaps a little more dice rolling than strictly necessary in 40k, but using an RNG app just sounds wrong on so many levels.

      • Emprah

        On one hand, yeah RNG is always very fickle. On the other hand, this could be helpful for apocalypse scale games to cut down time.

        • benn grimm

          I assume the odds are the same, I’d just rather stay analog as much as possible when playing a table top game. The PC versions of bloodbowl and ‘hulk, whilst awesome on many levels, highlighted this to me particularly, when the computer rolls the dice for you it just doesn’t feel right. The idea of paying money for this ‘privilege’ just seems odd. Part of the fun of apoc is gathering and throwing millions of dice.. 🙂

          • Emprah

            Apocalypse games can get too long, and games being too long is one of the greatest gw bashing arguments we get on this site, and I think it lay behind AoS too.

          • benn grimm

            Yeah for sure, though i wonder if it would really make that much difference, there are lots of reason apoc games take too long, dice rolling being only one. For me it’d be a no-no, but I’m not the biggest fan of apoc anyway.

  • Another Biased Opinion

    I wonder if they have considered the fact that GW dice do not roll evenly, with rounded corners and sunken pips they are not 1 in 6 dice and if IIRC they end up weighted against 1 and 6. Take a look at dice used in Casinos, they are perfect cubes with painted pips to avoid being unevenly weighted. GWs rules are slightly biased and use the fact that their dice are slightly off, and this is one of the reasons why anyone quoting MathHammer had better be wary.

    • Aezeal

      I doubt the difference is significant.

      • LordKrungharr

        Over the course of a hundred rolls the difference is a hundred times as noticeable.

        • Necro Alienerd

          Also 100 times not as noticeable.

    • Nameless

      all dice have some level of bias (though a lot of steps are taken to minimise it with casino dice) but rather than the pips the biggest reason for this is how the material the die is made from sets. no material will be perfectly uniform but cheaper end plastic dice are particularly bad for this as they are often injection molded which will leave a good number of air bubbles in addition.

      all of this being said, so long as a set of dice is used rather than a single die rolled a thousand times the different bias of the dice will cancel out giving much closer to random results.

    • The app doesn’t use a random number generator strictly, according to one of the developers it models the physics of a rolling die (and a casino die at that) then whatever comes out on top wins.

    • Cromer

      I replaced all my dice with old vegas dice after reading this article. I used to use GW and chessex dice and I always felt like my rolls were horrible… until I read this, then I had proof. Since switching to the vegas dice I’ve found them to be much more balanced and my rolls are surprisingly statistical.

      http://www.dakkadakka.com/wiki/en/That's_How_I_Roll_-_A_Scientific_Analysis_of_Dice

  • zeno666

    Hahaha!
    Of course they charge you money for this kind of crappy app.

    • God forbid developers eat

      • zeno666

        Then they should really consider making an app worth the money.

        • I could say the same for the makers of chintzy, poorly randomized dice. Their product has virtually no value yet they charge 15-20 bucks for a dice cube.

          • zeno666

            You are correct.
            Funny thing that they are the same company thats making this app 🙂

    • DeadlyYellow

      Especially when there are a handful of free apps that do the same thing.

  • I like the app a lot, as they roll out more colors and faces etc I think it will be a decent value. That said, I’ve encountered enough vitriol online talking about this that I get the impression a certain percentage of the community will not play someone using a die roll app.

    • The Basement Gamer

      Except it most likely won’t add to the value as I’d bet money you’ll be paying for them as well.

      • That is the idea, yes. We’re talking about tiny amounts of money here. It’s a nice app, I’ve bought several die rollers and it’s the best one UI wise for a 40K style game: the feature to take only successful rolls, cup the rest, then reroll is great. If you play with similarly equipped squads it’s quite useful to have a pre made set of dice. And most importantly, GW is finally licensing game aids, there’s also an objective app for tracking maelstrom missions coming out, this is progress.

  • Dave

    I’m not one to defend GW pricing, but this is actually $2
    cheaper than FFG’s dice app.

  • Chaosrex

    The only real interesting feature of this, is the scatter dice, you place the phone next to the target, and throw the scatter die, no more magical 30* difference between the die and the blast template even though the die is like 3″ away of the models…

    it would have been better if you could take a pic of the table/models with a crosshair in the middle, so that you center the thing with more accuracy.

    • Majere613

      That’s something they’ve been working on. One of the devs was talking about it on Faeit a while back and iirc the ultimate goal is to use the phone camera to capture the table, then use AR to show you the exact scatter point.

      • Xodis

        Now that would put this app at the top of quality.

  • JP

    Tired of rolling dice for that game based on rolling dice? We have an app for that! Now your phone can roll those dice for you! No more expending effort to pick up those heavy dice! Now you don’t have to use your brain to count all those dice either! Screw fine motor skills and screw math skills! Smart Phone Apps! Slowly sapping away the point of having a brain! Get yours today!

  • hauskrebs

    What’s next? App that connects to the camera and checks true-line-of-sight? Basically one of the other things that made me love this kind of tabletop games?

    In a couple of years, gamers will just throw their stuff on the table, stare at their smartphone, communicate via whatsapp during the game, fire up the “handshake”-app at the end, back their stuff together and leave. And when you ask them “did your opponent have a beard?” they’ll say “don’t know, didn’t have his front-facing cam on the phone enabled”.

    Bah….

  • Spacefrisian

    Using my own dice app, called hands.

    • euansmith

      For Orkz there is another app called “A Bucket”…

    • Great review! The fact that the app can only handle up to 20 dice at a time, and you can’t differentiate between different ballistic skills in a squad, shows this was a really half-assed app.

      • Thanks. Yeah, I was surprised given both of those are fairly common things.

    • Great review. My first questions were whether the app would deal with mixed dice and huge buckets of dice. Thanks for answering both!

  • Cromer