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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Once everything was cut out, I glued it all down with a spot of glue stick, just as on the board.

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For the circles on the backs, I used a big hole punch, one you'd find in the scrapbooking section of a craft store.

Then I "laminated" them with packing tape, around the front and back. Of course, you could get them laminated for real for a more professional card set.

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With all that added photo paper, the cards are significantly thicker, but they do still shuffle with no problem.

If you want to redo the box, go about it the same way as with the board and the cards-cut the pictures to the desired size and shape, glue down, and tape over. Other options would be to make a completely new box, or to cover up the old one entirely, or to leave the original box intact so that when confused recipients open their old game gift they are happily surprised!

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Before adding to the old box, be sure to clean it of thrift store dust.

Lastly, make any new game elements that are needed, like the Clue notebooks. To save paper, I made the new ones smaller than the originals and printed on both sides so each page can be used twice.

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If you have bookbinding skills, you can turn the pages into a real notebook!

Of course this goes without saying, but I'll say it anyway-if you do make a game with TV/movie/etc. characters, it has to be for your own and the recipient's personal use only, no selling. After I finished making this game, I played a round with a fellow Arrested Development fan and it totally worked. It was awesome! Clue is much more fun when you can suspect Buster in the banana stand or Tobias on the stair car. Make it even more fun by coming up with whole stories about who they killed and why!

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

 

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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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