Bones
Bones 1.0.1
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Bones offers a unique view on dice rollling, with its main functionality exploiting the virtual nature of the dice. The interface offers a bag of dice, one for each of the major random number generators, and a "table" where the dice may be rolled. Dice may be grouped into "hands," those hands may be given distinguishing names (like "Player 1", "Player 2", etc.), and the hands on the table may be named and saved as a "set." Saved sets are available to you with each launch of Bones.

Bones gives you lots of interesting tools for manipulating the dice you roll. For example, you
What's New
Version 1.0.1:
  • Updated Bones to a Universal Binary. All functionality and features are identical otherwise to version 1.0.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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Aikousha reviewed on 27 Apr 2008
Wow! What a unique vision for a simple concept. Does wonders for RPG'rs who have to use handfuls of dice for specific reasons.
For complex RPG dice sets this is the only program to look for, currently on the Mac (still looking for a super simple small-footprint program that handles the opposite end of the spectrum).
A few simple changes will make this a 5! A few simple feature additions will make it a SOLID 5. And being free, you can't really beat this anyway.

Here are a few suggestions for a minor upgrade:
1. If possible, find an easier way to set-up the hands/sets. Though impressive and functional, I was jumping around and clicking everywhere to set up sets. Dragging and dropping the dice images onto the "set" might be a more intuitive option (but maybe about as busy, though).
2. Color code the dice/die representations (at the top and in the set representation.
3. Add a D30, and possibly a custom "value" so a die (or dice) in a hand can be odd numbers, like 7, 21, 365, 400, or 1000, etc. Along with this, adding a sum to a die (+/- a certain value) can also be helpful... Die results that start at zero, negative to positive ranges, a true percentile representative (0-100), etc. Though not of much use in D20 systems, this was a constant need in a lot of older SF and miniature games.
4. For design and readability only... the totals (sums) should be just to the left of the "die" markers. It's tough to instanly see what is connected to what, if you have to scan across a possibly near-empty set.
5. This might be difficult, but many games have methods of skewing dice rolls by elininating one or more of the high or low rolls. If a hand can be "auto-sorted" (without moving the "dropped" switch) this can be done automatically using the "dropped die" feature. As it stands right now, the dropped function on a die follows it in the sort.
6. And, this is purely my own taste, but I hate the metal interface and actually find it difficult to "stare" at. If this is true of other users, you might want to allow changing the interface, or even desining one uniquely your own.

Once again, excellent job!
[Version 1.0.1]


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Tsuki commented on 17 Jul 2007
Excellent and free rolling dice application.

Only the 30-sided dice is missing, i guess it's ok, this one is not very popular.

A different color for each dice to help differentiate them faster ? (they are nicely drawn, no problem about that!)

Good job.
[Version 1.0.1]


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lukasaren reviewed on 22 Feb 2007
This is a cool dice program for playing rpg. I've played with it a couple of days and here is what I would like to see added/modified:

1. Modifier field for each hand. You could type the modifier into the name field to remind you what it is, but you still have to remind yourself to do the math.
2. Wider name fields.
3. A third button at the bottom to roll only selected hands.

So what's great about the program?

1. The ability to roll up to 8 hands at a time, and
2. To save them as sets for future gaming sessions.
3. A well written manual along with an intuitive interface.
4. It's free!
[Version 1.0]


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Version Downloads:2,308
Type:Games : Gaming Tools and Utilities
License:Free
Date:17 Jul 2007
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Bones offers a unique view on dice rollling, with its main functionality exploiting the virtual nature of the dice. The interface offers a bag of dice, one for each of the major random number generators, and a "table" where the dice may be rolled. Dice may be grouped into "hands," those hands may be given distinguishing names (like "Player 1", "Player 2", etc.), and the hands on the table may be named and saved as a "set." Saved sets are available to you with each launch of Bones.

Bones gives you lots of interesting tools for manipulating the dice you roll. For example, you could roll eight hands of dice each. Each hand could be a mix of 6, 10, 12 and 20-sided dice. Once rolled, you may wish to drop the lowest 6, 10, 12 and 20-sided dice from each hand. This functionality is a keystroke away in Bones.


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