Using Pip

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 Pip 3. Looking for instructions for older versions? Check our Using Pip 1 and Pip 2 guide.

How do I roll?
Simply shake the device, double-tap, or force touch any empty space in the page, and you will see the dice jump. If you have a second generation or better Apple Pencil you can also double-tap the pencil itself to roll.
What do I do to select the dice I want?
Open the tray dragging the tab on the right side of the screen. 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 the tab.
What types of dice can I use in Pip?
Pip features 16 types of polyhedral dice in different colors, including dice with four, eight, twelve, sixteen, twenty, twenty-four, and thirty sides, four types of six-sided dice (with pips, with numbers, numbered 1 to 3 twice, and Fate dice1), three types of ten-sided dice (both single units and double digits or tens, and one numbered 1 to 5 twice), and two types of fourteen-sided die (with numbers 1 to 14, or 1 to 7 twice).
How many dice can I add?
You can have 20 different dice in the same page. 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 with a pop.
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 20 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?
When you open the dice tray the color selector also appears on the left side of the screen. You can drag the arrow up and down, or tap one of the color presets, to paint all dice in the dice tray. Dice already in the page will not be affected.
But I don’t like those colors!
Not a problem! Open the tray and long press (keep your finger down for a second) on one of the eight color presets. A color picker will appear that will let you change that color preset to any color you like.
Actually… I want the default colors back now.
Just open the color picker again and tap on the leftmost color well on top of the color selection to get the color preset back to its default.
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 by the little dots of the page indicator!
This was fixed on version 3.1.1! You can also try tilting your device, and the dice will slide towards the center of the screen, or you may need to roll again.
I bought Pip on my iPhone, how do I get it on my iPad?
Just search for Pip on the App Store on your iPad, and you will be able to download it for free!
A die ended up cocked or 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. In Pip 3 dice will usually bounce off each other, but remember you can move dice around just by dragging them or tilting the device.
Dice are not sliding when I tilt my iPad!
Sorry, tilting your device to slide dice around only works on iPhone and iPod touch. On the iPad it was really annoying when you wanted to change from portrait to landscape or vice versa and dice would start moving around, so we got rid of it.
Force touch? Haptic feedback? Multitasking? None of that is working for me!
These features depend on what version of iOS you have installed and what technologies your device supports. We use force touch and haptic feedback on iPhone 6s or newer running iOS 9+; 3D Touch needs to be enabled under Settings > Accessibility > Touch > 3D & Haptic Touch. No iPad supports force touch as of yet (June 2020), but you can use the Apple Pencil force sensitivity if you have one. Multitasking is an iOS 9+ iPad-only feature, that doesn’t work on some of the older iPad models. Pip only takes advantage of these technologies to improve user experience, and not for its core functions. And remember, when you get a new device that supports them, you can reinstall Pip for free on it.
How do I open Pip at the same time than something else on my iPad?
If your iPad supports Split View or Slide Over, you can follow the instructions provided on this Apple support page.
So what kind of a name is “Pip” anyway?
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). It was also the name of your character in the GrailQuest gamebooks; it kind of stuck with me.
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 Fate dice are used in role-playing games that use the Fate game system, and in some boardgames like Tales of the Arabian Nights