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Topic: Portable Gaming Set -- Easy, Cheap, and Fun  (Read 6764 times)
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« on: December 12, 2005 08:21:45 AM »

I almost don't want to re-post mine, because there are such cooler things... but hey, it's the first time I even tried the Challenge, and I think it came out great!  Grin

I always think it would be great to be able to whip a game out of  my purse when my friend/DH and I are sitting in a restaurant or coffee house or park or airport, but most "travel" games are either too complicated to work well in tiny form (like Scrabble), too bulky to carry around, or too simple to be any real diversion (like tic-tac-toe or something).  So, I made a travel game that *I* would actually want to play.

On the green side is an 8x8 grid, on which you can play Reversi (also known as Othello):

And on the orange side are two rows of 6 boxes each, where you can play Mancala:

You could also, I suppose, play checkers on the green side, since it is an 8x8 grid (and surely everyone can remember to play on the diagonal without there being 2 colors of square), or simplified versions of Pente or Go.  The whole thing weighs less than a deck of cards, and can be thrown into a zipper baggie.  It's also very durable, being made of washers and duct tape.

I laid out overlapping strips of duct tape to make a sheet green on one side and orange on the other.  Then I measured and cut an 8-inch square, and drew the grids on with Sharpie.  I used 64 washers, painted black on the flatter side, so that they are black on one side and silver on the other.  I had bought a 99-cent can of spray paint, but the weather kept being cold, wet, and windy, so I ended up using no-prep brush-on metal paint, which was also very easy.

I'm already thinking of other games you could make this way!  It was even easier to make than I thought it would be  Cool


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« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2005 09:41:27 AM »

That came out really well! I'm glad my boy and I are not the only couple who game at every opportunity. Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2005 05:14:51 PM »

But it's so awesome! I would keep a million things like this in my purse (thats the good part about being crafty: I can make my own purse so its huge enough to accomidate the 3568978346029586 things I make and carry around with me.)

and I lovelovelove mancala. I used to play it all the time with my Opa. It's just one of those games. Smiley

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« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2005 09:59:04 AM »

Great idea! I love Othello and you are right - the travel version is too bulky, I think I'll have to make your version for my next trip.

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« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2005 05:46:36 PM »

awesome! how do you make the mat? and where do you get colored duct tape (haven't ever seen it here in Italy)
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