How to (Re)Make a Custom Board Game

comments (3) October 23rd, 2008     

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leethal Lee Meredith, contributor
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Create a playable game featuring your loved ones friends or favorite characters and watch them flip out with excitement!
If you want your game to be super-arty cool, you can paint all over the board, or add other pictures beyond the original spots.
Before adding to the old box, be sure to clean it of thrift store dust.
Create a playable game featuring your loved ones friends or favorite characters and watch them flip out with excitement!

Create a playable game featuring your loved one's friends or favorite characters and watch them flip out with excitement!

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I kept my redo basic, just covering original pictures and words with the new ones, but you could go much further! Just keep in mind how the game is played and be sure not to cover any elements essential to game play. When everything is positioned, I carefully put strips of clear packing tape across the whole board. Be super careful about getting the tape flat with minimal air bubbles (with my tape, some were unavoidable).

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When sealing down the pictures, keep in mind where the board has to fold and make sure it still can do so.

Next step, the cards. I only had to change the people and place cards, but I chose to customize the backs, too, so that meant I had to do the weapon cards as well.

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Remember that if you're changing card backs at all, you'll need to be careful to make them all as identical as possible.

I made a template for the people pictures using tissue as tracing paper (actual tracing paper would be easier!).

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You could also choose to just cover up the entire card with a picture.

Then I traced the template outline onto the backs of the people pictures.

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That's a soft colored pencil, easy for drawing on the back of photo paper.

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Comments (3)

Average_Jane_Crafter writes: Heeeee! Brilliant! I love seeing the Arrested Development folks take over the game - so cool! And I love how detailed you were able t get using the templates for the cards. Wowza! :)
Posted: 8:17 am on October 24th
MrsEhorn writes: I am in love with this! My husbands birthday is coming up and he is solo getting this game... Who is "hermano"? Her? Hey, brother...

Posted: 11:33 pm on October 23rd
Jen1964 writes: Sounds like fun, and a good surprise. We always enjoyed homemade games the best. You can tweak the rules to really get people going, and enjoying the game is the whole point, isn't it? One warning: not all families have a sense of humor. I'll bet you could alter something as simple as a deck of cards, to make the solitaire crowd happy.
Posted: 10:15 am on October 23rd
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