My hubby's b-day is today and he, like me, is a big ol' gamer nerd. He is WAY into Diablo 2 (yes, still, even though the game is 10 years old - it is just that good). In the game is an object called a Horadric Cube, that you use to combine runes, game equipment, gems, and the like to make better gear for your characters.
Here is a shot of the Cube along with an inserted image of how the original looks in the game. I had to use a fair amount of imagination to make it.
A close up of the runes:
This is all 33+1 of the runes, along with an inset of how the runes look in the game:
There is an bonus rune in there, at the bottom. It's the nerd heart, that I tried to make look less obvious and more rune-y. I just noticed that the runes in the inset aren't really "readable" so here is a link to what they look like instead: http://www.urdiablo.com/catalog/RUNEs-all2.jpg
And, of course, the cube is actually a box so he can keep all the runes in it:
I managed to keep this entirely a secret as I made most of it in 15 minutes spurts while at work, carting my materials back and forth from the office. He is pretty stoked on it.