Aloha Friday: Board Games
While leafing through Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share by Ken Denmead (enter to win it at my giveaway here), I picked “Build Your Own Board Game” as the project NHL and I should work on first.
First, we figured out the basic layout of our game. Luckily, Geek Dad supplies a game board layout to use and some pointers. We purchased two packs of index cards (unlined) for 67 cents each. We also bought 3 dice (1 six sided, 2 twelve sided) from a local comics shop for $1.50 and posterboard from a dollar shop (2 for $1). The only other piece we needed were game pieces. For this, I raided a giant set of Legos to obtain 4 Lego figures. The total cost of our materials: under $4 (including tax).
The layout of the game was going to be this: Each player would start with 20 health pieces. On their turn, a player would roll the 6 sided die and more their figure. If the player had under 20 health pieces, they would recover the amount that the die showed (up to 20). If the player landed on a green spot, they’d pick a movement card. If they landed on a red spot, they’d pick a monster card.
Here’s where the main gameplay would begin. Each monster card has two numbers: the color and type of monster. The player would need to add those numbers to get the monster’s health pieces. For example, red is 5 and dragons are 7. So a red dragon is 5+7 or 12. Once a battle begins, the player would roll both 12 sided die. The smaller number would be subtracted from the larger number. (Can you tell NHL likes math?) If the red die had the larger number, the player loses the resulting health pieces. If the blue die has the larger number, the monster loses health pieces. This repeats until one of the two is dead (no more health pieces). If the monster is dead, the player continues on next turn. If the player is dead, he moves back to Start and gets 10 health pieces back.
I cut some index cards in half and drew hearts on them. NHL colored them in and we had our health pieces.
The movement cards simply had my writing. The monster cards had my writing and a drawing (done by me) of the monster which, again, NHL colored in. I also printed the board game across multiple pieces of paper. We’ll glue that onto poster board, have NHL color it in and then possible laminate it.
My Aloha Friday question for today is: Have you ever created your own board (or other kind of) game?
Thanks to Kailani at An Island Life for starting this fun for Friday. Please be sure to head over to her blog to say hello and sign the MckLinky there if you are participating.
No I haven’t but my daughter did one for a school project.
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You know, I don’t think so.
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No, I have not. Sounds like a fun project.
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Not a board game but I designed and built a dollhouse out of cardboard when I was 10yrs old. It had a 2nd floor bedroom with a slider door leading out to a balcony.
Yes, I made one for a 4th or 5th grade school project.
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I’ve actually never created a board game, that I can remember at least. But it’s definitely a thought for the future!
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Nope. But I do love playing board games.
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When my son was in 1st grade we created one as a monthly project. It was all about football & I wish the teacher would’ve let us keep it!
What a fun idea for you & your kids to have done.
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Yes, when I was a kid I created some board games.