Free 3d dice roller app
Free 3d dice roller app

Free 3d dice roller app

Students in Computer Science and iMedia have been asking for a lunchtime club where they can learn how to make 3d games. This term I’m launching an Indie Game Dev Club for students who want to design and make high quality 3d content using free tools.

Indie Game Dev Club
Indie Game Dev Club

The club will teach students how to use:

  • Blender to create 3d objects
  • GIMP to create and edit textures and graphics
  • Audacity to create and edit sounds and music
  • Unity to put the game assets all together
  • MonoDevelop to write the C# scripts to control the game

The idea is for students to work in groups to design, create, test and market their own apps and games to raise money for good causes.

The first complete project to come out of the game dev club is Roll-a-dice-3D which lets you roll as many dice as you like, with lots of different types of dice featured.

There are hundreds of apps already out there that let you simulate rolling a die or multiple dice but I wanted to have an example project that students could adapt that builds on the best features of each of them.

The end result is Roll-a-dice-3D which you can download from the Android Play store or play online.

Free 3d dice roller app
Free 3d dice roller app

The app lets you roll as many dice as you like by tapping or shaking your mobile device. It currently supports the following dice:

  • 6 sided dice (D6)
  • 4 sided dice (D4)
  • 8 sided dice (D8)
  • 10 sided dice (D10)
  • 12 sided dice (D12)
  • 20 sided dice (D20)

The interface is pretty simplistic – most people will just want one or two 6-sided dice so you can tap on the blue buttons at the bottom left of the screen to add or remove 6-sided dice.

You can also add as many custom dice as you like by entering in something like 6D6 + 10D12 to get six 6-sided dice and ten 12-sided dice.

The number shown on each die rolled is added up with the total shown in the bottom right of the screen.

Roll-A-Dice 3D screenshot
Roll-A-Dice 3D screenshot

You can use the app as a replacement when dice go missing from a board game or you can use it for simulating lots of rolls of dice for maths statistic projects.


Download Roll-A-Dice 3D from Google Play
Download Roll-A-Dice 3D from Google Play

You can download the app for your android tablet or phone or use/play it online.

For further information click here.

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Adventures in 3D: How can I create a 3d game without spending a penny?

How to create a 3d game without spending a penny?
How to create a 3d game without spending a penny?

Loads of my students spend hours each night playing 3d computer games. I’ll be honest, if I wasn’t a teacher or a dad, I’d probably be doing the same thing.

My brightest students often ask: “How can I make a game like Fifa / Call of Duty / GTA?” and I’ve always wanted to be able to give them a better answer than the usual “it takes a lot of time, money, effort and skill”.

One thing I’d love to do is set up a student game production company that can design, create and publish high quality games to sell to raise money for good causes (like my retirement fund!)

So this series of videos and blog posts is dedicated to students who are willing to invest the time and effort into learning the 5 skills I reckon you need in order to create a your own 3d games that you can be proud of.

I’m aiming these videos primarily at iMedia and Computing GCSE students at Fulford School in York who want a fun project to apply the skills they’re learning in class to do something fun outside of lessons but I’m deliberately only going to use software that you can download and use legally for free.

Of the 5 skills that are going to be covered in this series, you don’t have to have all of them yourself, I strongly recommend you team up with some friends and share out the roles based on what you’re interested in (and good at!)

I’ll try to keep the videos between 3-5 minutes long so that you can dip in and out of the stuff that interests you. I’m not going to attempt to go much beyond the basics – just enough to give you an idea of what’s possible, to get you started and to let you loose amongst all the other great tutorials available online. Getting started is often the most intimidating stage but once you learn the basics the only limit is your imagination and the amount of time you’re willing to invest.

The first video talks you through 5 tools that I’m recommending you download. All are free and all focus on a different skill. Ideally, you’ll have 5 people in your team, each one with a different piece of software, each one with a different role, but by all means try out as many of these as you want.

On the next page are the 5 skills that I think you’ll need in order to get started creating 3d games:

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