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« on: August 06, 2008 09:58:19 PM »

Taking a small break from my usual posts of plush toys and shadow box games...

This was a game I did late last year, shortly before I got into those two passions. Unlike my shadow box games, which are designed from scratch, this one is a reproduction of an existing game.

It probably comes as no surprise, if you've seen my Newsies-inspired boxes, that I've some fascination for turn-of-the-century board games. But 1) there's no way I'd be able to afford one and 2) I wouldn't dare play with one even if I could. So I did the next best thing, and made my own.

Saving me from tearing my hair out having to do an absolutely accurate reproduction is the fact that the original version of "Round the World with Nellie Bly" came without box or pieces or color--only the black-and-white board, which was printed in the Jan. 26, 1890 edition of the New York World to promote/celebrate Bly's record-breaking 72-day journey around the globe. According to the directions, you were supposed to add your own counters and dice (or teetotum, but I don't have one of those handy!). The game was sold for several decades after, properly packaged (and sometimes with historically-inaccurate box illustrations), but for the original version I had some leeway.

Reproduced playing board in sepia tones, antiqued with chalks, decoupaged under
multiple layers of varnish onto sealed/painted 3/16" foamcore. It's hard to
see in the photo, but the dots of the wood die are painted gold, and each
counter has a gold band.

The original board, having appeared full-page in the World, would've been pretty sizeable; I shrank it down to 10.5" x 12.5" while keeping the teeny-tiny print just this side of legible. The whole thing fits neatly into a 8.5" x 6.5" x 1.5" wood box with sliding top. The box itself is still raw wood; I haven't made up my mind what to do with it yet.

Overall I'm quite happy with it.

(And yes, I did play it against myself, once I'd finished. I won of course.)
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« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2008 10:11:24 PM »

This is amazing.  How much research and care you put into crafting the game!  I am in awe!


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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2008 10:59:02 PM »

This is completely stunning!

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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2008 11:39:34 PM »

 Grin Absolutely fabulous! Now I need one.... Roll Eyes

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« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2008 03:18:54 AM »

What an amazing project! It's beautiful, the antiqued effect is just perfect. Very nicely done!

Personally I'd be tempted to make a stick on label for the box, in the same antiqued tones and pen and ink to match the game.

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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2009 11:15:41 AM »

I just found this post, and I am amazed at this game.  Being a toy historian of some sort, I am chastising myself for not knowing about this game.

Excellent job you've done recreating a piece of history.

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