I just wrote a review of the Ultimate Dice Tower 2 a few days ago and said I might get at this one over a weeks time while watching much Hercules and Xena with the King of Thieves in the episodes. (For inspiration mind you!) Instead I had all my tools and the printed Tower set for my Sunday Gaming Group. They watched while I scored, cut, colored, glued and assembled the Ultimate Dice Tower 1 right in front of them! ^_^ I even had it done enough during the game to use it while I was cutting out and putting together the outer walls! Everyone had a go at rolling dice thru the Tower as said it worked well.
I have to say, this one doesn't look as cool as UDT2 (lack of dragon being the cause), but it went together a LOT faster (I followed the directions to the letter and didn't skip around) and I like the way the dice roll out and down better than I do the UDT2. (The dragon kinda gets in the way when you want to toss a handful of dice in it.) I ended up trimming the exit holes of the UDT2 so they didn't impede dice that were trying to come out and sometimes caused a blockage or dice jam. This Tower doesn't suffer from that. I put the Inserts in and tried them too. There's a blank included in the set so you can make your own random chart. If you measure where the insert prints on the page, you could use another program like Word or Quark (my choice) to print onto the already printed blank insert to make it look professional! Very handy...
Printing: Easy. Don't forget you have Options with this Tower! =D Check the Layers and see how you can customize your Tower. Grass or Stone? Doorway or not? Dark Doorway or Glowing Green Orb behind the Gate? Just go play with your PDF Reader and check out all the options then make your choice before you print. There is a BUNCH for such a small project!
Assembly: Average. Easier than the UDT2 and -way- easier than the Ultimate GM Screen! (Or maybe I'm getting the hang of Card Stock Modeling?)
Time: About 4 or 5 hours, not hurried. I started around noonish and finished around 8ish. That's with breaks, role playing, dice rolling (YEAH!), dinner, more breaks and at least 30 to 45 minutes of pure gut-busting laughter spread out over the course of a good evening with friends, food, drink and a RPG.
Usefulness: VERY! =D I'll be using this one when I'm a Player (3 times a month) and the Ultimate GM Screen Towers when I GM (once a month).
Keep 'em coming Tom! <---(Shameless Plug for Fat Dragon Games)