|June 7, 2013||Posted by Phil Vecchione|
Somewhere between a fetish and a compulsion lies my love of gaming accessories, especially dice bags. Ever since I put my basic set, crumbly, orange polyhedrons into a black felt pouch, I have been been drawn to things that help me to pack up and organize my gaming components. I am always on the lookout for new and novel ways to pack up my gaming gear, and this week I have found just that…All Rolled Up.
Quick Disclaimer – While I purchased my All Rolled Up, the fine folks at All Rolled Up paid for my shipping.
It’s kind of a sickness
At Gen Con 2003, I walked the dealers room on and off for three days looking for a new dice bag, in the same way someone might search an entire mall for a new purse. My best friend who was forced to accompany me for several sorties out on the convention floor was about to kill me, until I settled on a dice bag Sunday afternoon. Some years later, I found a great three-level lens case that allowed me to carry my dice in separate compartments (sick I know). For some time I thought I had found the pinnacle of my gaming containers, until a few weeks ago on G+ when I first heard of the UK company All Rolled Up.
Then my obsession started again. I tracked the G+ posts, I watched the YouTube video, and I waited until I could get one of my own. My antics attracted the attention of one of the owners, and I got to be the first international order.
I Keep on Rollin’ Rollin’ Rollin’
All Rolled Up is a UK based company which just recently opened up a website selling its signature product, the All Rolled Up. The ARU contains a large velcro compartment, a large pocket, and four pen size pockets, which then rolls up and ties closed. It has the look of a tool roll (which until I did a Google search, my non-mechanical self had no idea was a thing you could still buy).
The ARU ties closed with ribbon which is sewn into the roll. If you are not into tying the ARU you can pick up a cord lock at a fabric store to secure it closed. There is also a loop where one can hang it off a carabiner. The loop looks to be plenty solid.
It is clear that the ARU is hand-made, in a good way. I am no sewing expert, but the stitching is solid and neat and all the edges are clean. The fabric is solid feeling and does not feel cheap. The ARU’s come in a variety of fabrics, but when I saw this pattern, I knew that was mine…
After I got my ARU, I opened it up and set out to fill it up. I emptied my current dice container and moved my dice into the velcro compartment. The pouch was large enough to hold my normal set of dice:
- 20 Gamescience Dice
- 3 sets of Fate Dice
- A QCC d6 (wild die)
- A Yellow Sign d6 (another wild die)
- A pair of Writer’s Dice
- A d12 Hit Location die
That did not even start to fill the capacity of the pouch.
The large pocket is perfect for Index Cards, but it also the right size for a Noteboard (if you don’t have one of those get one). It also fits a Moleskine notebook if you want something more than loose cards. For me, I stuck with index cards because I use them quite a bit when I run games.
The four pen-size pockets are for just that, your writing implements. For me, I like a mechanical pencil as well as three clickable sharpee markers (no having to deal with caps).
Here is what my ARU looks like fully loaded and All Rolled Up…
Why You Will Like It
If you are into custom dice bags and have more to transport to a game than just some dice, the ARU is a great way to gather and transport your basic set of tools. I could easily run a game with the contents of my ARU and my iPad.
For conventions, the ARU has everything you need to be a prepared player or GM. You can fill it with dice (enough to be able to have extras), add some extra pencils in there, and index cards or a small pad of paper. If you want to go super light, just take a carabiner and hang the bag off of your belt loop.
Roll Your Own
You can find out more about the All Rolled Up at their website. If you are in the US there are two things you will have to keep in mind. First, the price is 15 (GBP) which is currently around $23 (USD), and the second is international shipping. I paid for my ARU using PayPal (which does the currency conversion for you), and I received my ARU via AirMail in less than a week, which was not bad at all.
If you have a gaming container fetish like me, the ARU is a novel solution for transporting some of your game gear. I love mine and I am looking forward to taking mine out this convention season.
Do you have a gaming container fetish? Does the ARU have you curious? What is your current favorite way to transport your dice and gear?