Pip is a really easy to use app, and you will probably have no issues figuring things out as you play with it. But in case you have questions, the following is a full reference of all features in both Pip 1 (in black) and Pip 2 (in red), and the answer to some common questions. Except where otherwise indicated, features in version 1 are also available in Pip 2.
- How do I roll?
- Simply shake the device and you will see the dice jump. In Pip 2 you can also double-tap any empty space in the page for quick rolling.
- What do I do to select the dice I want?
- Open the tray dragging from its side (in Pip 2 tap the tab with the flashing arrow instead). You will see a selection of dice. Choose the one you want and drag it into the page. If you drag it out slowly you will see how the die appears floating over the tray, follows your finger, then falls and bounces into the page when you release it. You can get dice out pretty fast with a flick too. Close the tray by dragging it back from its edge (Pip 1), or tapping again the glass tab (Pip 2).
- What types of dice can I use in Pip?
- Pip features a complete set of polyhedral dice in different colors, with four, six, eight, ten, twelve, and twenty sides. In Pip 1 the d10 changes from yellow to orange every time you add it to the page, so you can use one color for the tens and other for the units in percentage rolls. In Pip 2, once the tray is open you can drag the tab up and down to reveal three more dice types! From top to bottom: an average die1, a Fudge die2, and a double-digit ten-sided die.
- How many dice can I add?
- You can have many dice in the same page, but you will notice the app slows down as you add more. Pip 2 features better performance than Pip 1, and can handle even more dice. Just remember the space in the screen is limited, and dice will start piling on top of each other, so play around!
- How do I get rid of dice?
- Just open the tray, and drag a die on the page back to the tray. The moment you drop it anywhere over the tray, it will disappear. In Pip 2 you can also empty the whole page; just open the tray and drag it down by the tab to show the trash can button. Hold the button for a second and dice will start floating in mid-air, shrink, and then disappear in a flash!
- How do I use pages?
- Drag left or right from an empty space to move between pages. If you are in the last page and drag left Pip will create a new empty page for you. You can have up to 10 pages to store your favorite dice sets. If you don’t need a page anymore, delete all dice in it, then move to a different page to get rid of it.
Organize your dice however you prefer to suit the games you play. On a role-playing game you could have a page with your attack dice, another with your damage and yet others for skill checks. Or you can have pages for specific games, like Yahtzee in one, Axis & Allies in another, Volle Wolle, Kingsburg, or Button Men characters in others.
- How do I change the color of the dice?
- In Pip 1, except for the ten-sided die that toggles between yellow and orange, you cannot change the color of the dice. In Pip 2, when you open the dice tray the color selector also appears. You can drag the mark up and down, or tap one of the colors, to paint all dice in the dice tray. Dice already in the page will not be affected.
- How does locking work?
- If you tap a die, a blue halo will appear underneath it. Next time you roll, that dice will not move. You can lock as many dice as you want. This can come handy to play games like Yahtzee, where you need to save dice from one roll to another. To unlock a die just tap on it again, or tap in an empty space to unlock all dice at once.
- I am trying to delete a die, but I cannot grab it cause it is under the tray!
- In Pip 1 you need to close the tray, drag the dice to the left, then open it again. In Pip 2 you can just tilt your device, and the dice will slide towards the center of the screen.
- All the dice are one on top of another!
- Well, that’s how randomness works; sometimes they end up like that, or cocked against the invisible walls of the page. But remember you can move dice around just by dragging them or tilting the device.
- What’s with the d6?! Is missing numbers!
- You have probably used the six-sided die with digits instead of the one with pips. The one with digits is an average die, and is used in certain war games. It has two faces marked with a 3, two faces marked 4, and no 1 or 6.
- So what kind of a name is “Pip” anyway? What does that have to do with dice?
- Although it is not frequently used in the US, “pip” refers to the dots in dice, cards, or domino pieces (see the Oxford Dictionary entry).
- Really like how realistically your dice move! How did you do that?
- Pip uses an advanced open source physics engine, used in console and PC games, and even in feature films: the Bullet Physics Library. Dice in Pip move so accurately cause of the precise real-time physics simulation made possible by Bullet.
- I have some other question
- And we will be happy to answer it! Just write us. Don’t be timid! :)
1 Average dice are normal six-sided dice but marked with the numbers 2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5 (no 1 or 6). They are used in some miniature and war games. ↩