Always on the lookout for the latest accessory for my gaming hobby, I stumbled across the company All Rolled Up.
This had started as a search for a dice tray. Something to stop dice rolling and knocking over miniatures, pushing counters or cards on a game board, or generally just ending up on the floor. In searching I noticed All Rolled Up produced a small, soft, foldable dice tray made from faux leather and felt. And it stored flat. Ideal !
It was when I reached the the website that I discovered their main product was actually the All Rolled Up of the company title.
So what is it, and what’s it for?
As described on their website, it’s…
“Your All Rolled Up holds all your dice, pens, counters, game cards and more in a sturdy, hand-crafted roll.
Your All Rolled Up game roll is a one-stop answer to getting your game to the tabletop. When you have an All Rolled Up you’re ready to go in a moment because you have all you need for your game in one place.”
The All Rolled Up (or ARU as it’s also known) is a roll up toolkit for your gaming. And by that I mean all manner of gaming. From RPGs to card games, board games and miniature games, as someone who dabbles in all these types of game, I know I’ll find a use for an ARU.
The ARU is designed to hold various gaming paraphernalia. It has slots for pens and pencils. And has a large slot for game cards, index cards, a small notebook, or plastic wipeable cards. And a Velcro closing larger pocket for…well whatever you can fit. Once everything is slotted inside, the ARU is rolled up and a tie is used to wrap round and secure it.
A quick bit of Googling found a number of rave reviews for ARUs on other sites and blogs. From my own view of the product options on the ARU site I was already sold on the concept and design. The very favourable reviews sealed the deal for me and I made a purchase. And it wasn’t easy choosing! There’s a huge range of options available for your ARU which means you get a really personalised accessory. After selecting the base design for the cloth – and there’s all manner of designs for the material – you’re bound to find something that catches your eye and taste. There’s then some additional accessories you can add for that customised look, including different fastening options and carabiners.
As well as the ARU itself, All Rolled Up also offer a further selection of accessories for your gaming. All at very reasonable prices. Here you’ll find the dice trays, pens, dry wipe boards, card boxes, wipeable index cards, dice, counters and more.
A nice comprehensive list of bits and bobs for all types of gaming.
Placing an order through the ARU website was straightforward enough. As All Rolled Up are a small business (basically a husband and wife team), most of the items are made to order. Place your order and you get a personal email back with an invoice and an estimate of when you’re likely to receive your items.
A very friendly, personal service, and for me, my made to order ARU arrived in about 2 weeks. Well within the expected 3 weeks.
So, what’s the ARU like?
I’m really impressed. I opted for the Miskatonic Museum Gaming Club design… mainly due to playing a lot of Arkham Horror the Card Game recently, reading H.P. Lovecraft and possibly organising a Trail of Cthulhu RPG adventure.
The ARU is made from quality, thick cloth. It’s well put together, the stitching for the velcro fastening on the large pocket is very secure and the velcro goes the full length of the pocket – no way any dice, tokens or counters are going to fall out.
There’s the large slot for cards, index cards etc and 3 pen/pencil slots.
I also included a small notebook and the dice tray and rolled the whole thing up. I opted for just the tie to secure it, no toggle, and this worked well. Once rolled, everything is securely in place and in a small, easily transported package.
I think this will come in handy for a number of different games for me. For LCGs like Arkham Horror, there’s a large number of tokens and counters. Plus you have to keep track of the results of the scenario if you’re playing the campaign, so the space for wipeable index cards and pens along with the counter storage is handy.
Of course, having the ARU emblazoned with the Miskatonic University Games Club logo also makes you the envy of other Lovecraft fans!
It’s also ideal for RPGs, again where dice, tokens, pens, pencils, paper are all required.
But, I also reckon it’ll see use for miniature games. Some games require a bucket load of dice, and you can certainly get plenty in the ARU. But there’s also the tokens and possibly pens for record keeping. And if you play Warmachine or Hordes, then there’s some storage for the unit stat cards, your dry wipe pens and the various counters and tokens.
A great product with a clever design. Being handmade and with the various options, you can create something very unique to your own style and taste. I also like being able to support small businesses in the games sector.
This would make a great gift for the gamer in your life… or to yourself. Mine will certainly be seeing a lot of use over the coming months and years.