Board Games

This is a new page about home made board games I created which you are welcome to duplicate for home use if you have any desire to do so. No sale of these games is permitted without written consent.

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I find that most board games can be broken down into 3 basic categories which I will list as Race, Strategy, and Goal type games. Race games are won by reaching a destination before other players do, usually by the random determination of dice, cards, etc. They tend to be shorter games with little strategy required (and lack player control) and as such are great family games or casual non-competitive games. These are good for children or those who just want a fun friendly game. Think: Candy Land, Trouble, Sorry, and so on.

Next we have Strategy games which are characterized by competitive play which demands a great deal of thought and planning to each move and ultimately victory. Winning is achieved by subduing or eliminating other players. These longer games are best suited to adults or those who specifically enjoy a game with competition, gains and losses. Think: Risk, Monopoly, Chess, etc.

Finally there are Goal based games which are neither won by reaching a destination first nor by subduing other players, but rather by achieving a particular goal. These diverse games can be competitive or team oriented, long or short, random or strategic. As such Goal based game can be fitting for any age or skill level depending on personal preference of the game in play. Think: Life, Clue, Scrabble, and such.

Ultimately most games carry elements of all 3 game types though one aspect will stand out more than the others. Based on these categories I have posted my homemade games below so you will have a better understanding of each game listed.

 

Race Games

Jericho Trouble

Jericho Trouble

I started out wanting to make a 'Trouble' board game that was themed around the Battle of Jericho. -the Bible story of Joshua marching around Jericho according to God's commands to take the city.

The board is made of 3/8" plywood (16"x16") and the pattern shown has been burned into the wood. Finally I stained the board and have yet to build the city in the center. There were a few plastic palm trees I had on hand which aided the landscape of the board. The game pieces include "Israelite" looking soldiers I purchased online.trouble_jerichoJericho march

Jericho ruinsJoshua 6:15-17, 20
"And it came to pass on the seventh day, that they rose early about the dawning of the day, and compassed the city after the same manner seven times: only on that day they compassed the city seven times. And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the Lord hath given you the city. And the city shall be accursed, even it, and all that are therein, to the Lord: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that are with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent...

So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city."

 

Wilderness

A 40 Year Jouney to the Promised Land

Wilderness gaem

Exodus Cards

Torah Scroll

Game Rules (Wilderness & Washout)

Wilderness was an extensive recreation of a similar game I played in my childhood where you travelled a map as Israelites to the Promised Land. In this case I significantly modified it to a far more complex version walking through the books of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. The books are noted on the game map by different border colors. Spaces include Bible references which are read from the Scroll and "Exodus Cards" are drawn each turn to either help or hinder your advancement. The primary goal of the game is to learn the 'difficult' or so called 'boring' books of the Bible in a fun and simple format. This game helps adults and children alike to learn about the Torah (law of God) and the story of Israel's march through the wilderness to the Promised Land. The question is... will you survive?

     

 

Washout

The Race to Noah's Ark!

Washout game

Game Rules (Wilderness & Washout)

Who will reach Noah's Ark first?! The race is on! This child friendly game is simple in format and hilariously fun to play! Players choose 2 animals of any type and take turns racing to the Ark while sending other player's animals back to the start, just be careful not to send yourself back to the bottom of the hill! I find "Good Luck Mini's" to be a great resource for animal game pieces. -a lot of variety and about 1" long.

Ark game 1Ark game 2

 

Strategy Games

Merchant

A competitive game of medieval trading.

Merchant game

Game Rules

Merchant was one of the early games I created and remains one of my favorite, proving itself in hours of fun. The basic strategy is to trade resources with other players until you have a strong enough economy to develop a fortress and army which is used to subdue other player's trading abilities until you can monopolize regional trade and attain victory. The game pieces and resources are all made from scratch. The game can be played across varying maps.

     

 

Naval Assault

A competitive game of war strategy.

Naval Assault map

Game Rules

This game is focused at the adult male (competitive) level. It requires strategy and a lot of time! But if you meet those qualifications this might be a great option for you. There is much room for improvising pieces, so use whatever you have available or make a few pieces to your discretion. Enjoy!

     
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Maps

My large 20"x30" game maps are foam poster boards from Walmart, painted with acrylic craft paints. I designed them such that I can align them for a larger European/Middle East map or a large Pacific/USA map as shown below. The maps are fairly generic so they can be used across multiple games.

     

Large East Map

East map large

Large Pacific Map

Pacific map large

 

Goal Based Games

InterTrader

A friendly interactive game of resource trading.

InterTrader USA

Game Rules

This game is about transport and logistics. Players transport cargo and passengers to collect revenue with Shipping, Aircraft, and Trucking. The airport and shipping ports were home made using scrap pine pieces and acrylic paint. I used centimeter cubes for "cargo" and poker chips for "passengers". The game is played independent of the map used; in this way I can switch from one map to the next for a change of play.

     

 

Honeybee

Stock the hive with honey and 'Bee' a team.

Honeybee game

Game Rules and Cards (note sheet 1 and 2)

Generally games are centered around players working to achieve their own victory at the expense of other players, but in Honeybee the reverse is true. This is the first game in my collection of its kind where players use the same pieces (bees) to build a hive and prepare for winter. -no competition here! When the hive is successfully stocked with honey for winter, victory is achieved! If you want a child friendly game that centers on teamwork and fun, this one's for you!

     

 

Mini City

Game Rules and Cards (Note sheet 1 and sheet 2 in Excel Spreadsheet)

A simple, short game in which players compete to develop city blocks fastest, generating more revenue each turn by adding developments like Electricity, Water, Parks, and Parking lots.

The plain wood blocks were purchase in a pack of 36 from Amazon. The Parks/Parking Lots were cut from wide craft sticks picked up at Walmart. The board is made of 1/4" pine (6"x6"). Centimeter cubes were purchased in a 500 pack from Amazon. The City block data cards were home made.

mini city

Centimeter cubes are great resources in home made board games and can be purchased online at a reasonable price.

centimeter cubes

 

Taxi

Can you say "Uber" drivers?!

Game Rules and Cards (Note sheet 1 and sheet 2 in Excel Spreadsheet)

In this game players start with a single taxi and take turns rolling the die, navigating to pick up customers, and drop them off at designated color blocks to collect income. Through the game players are able to purchase a second and third taxi to increase revenue until you reach 'retirement'.

The game board is 12"x12" and painted with acrylic craft paint. The Car game pieces can be purchased online through any specialty game parts store. The Taxi cards were home made.

taxi

 

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