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Post Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 2:59 pm 
 

It's time to get my daughter up from her nap . . . I've been trying to think of a "craft" we can do . . . I've got a big sheet of poster board for mapping and tons of "extra" maps.

I think I'm going to cut out pictures from beat up Dragon Magazines and glue them onto a Forgotten Realms map.

I bet I could find some unused counters as well.

What fun!    Let's see if she likes it!! :D


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Post Posted: Mon Oct 09, 2006 7:15 pm 
 

Beyondthebreach wrote:It's time to get my daughter up from her nap . . . I've been trying to think of a "craft" we can do . . . I've got a big sheet of poster board for mapping and tons of "extra" maps.

I think I'm going to cut out pictures from beat up Dragon Magazines and glue them onto a Forgotten Realms map.

I bet I could find some unused counters as well.

What fun!    Let's see if she likes it!! :D


When I was a kid, even before RPGs, my brothers and i used to create our own boardgames.  They were lots of fun on days it was too hot or too rainy to go outside, we used little army men (the tiny 1/72 scale ones) as the figures, and the subject matter was typically escaping from a German  prison camp (Yes, The Great Escape and The Dirty Dozen were already burned into our little minds by then) or exploring and finding treasure in a volcano or haunted cave.  We drew the gameboards on large poster board in pencil, they were typically long, winding affairs that went from one corner of the board to the far opposite corner.  Then later filled them in with ink and colors, drawing pictures of the monsters, German SS officers or hazards you met on the way.  If I can find one I'll take a picture; these things were elaborate and had hundreds of squares, there were all sorts of dangers and we even had a rudimentary system of hit points, you lost a point for every time you got shot or attacked by a ghost or whatever.  We typically used a six sided dice and scratch paper to record what we found or killed along the way; a game could take as little as an hour if everyone died quickly, or a few hours if you made it all the way to the end, survival was quite the accomplishment. As those who might remember, we were pretty imaginative kids, we also created the cool house version of Outdoor Survival that encompassed bank robbers, aliens, wild animals, pursuing FBI agents, and shootouts....
  Anyway, we never made one of these with a fantasy theme, maybe you guys could create your own boardgame using the pictures from Dragon magazine.  

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Post Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2006 6:43 am 
 

Heh, yeah, I was an amateur game-designer as a kid too. I think I was six when I created a poster-map game I called "Enterprise", heh. No, it wasn't about Star Trek, it was a Monopoly rip-off. I remember there was stuff like your houses/hotels explode, instead of the "boring" cards that Monopoly had.

I got tired of not having enough quarters to play in the arcade all day, so I remember creating this atrocious fighting game that I wanted to be just like Double Dragon. I even convinced my mother to play it at some point.

There was some Star Frontiers rip off, and a paintball game I created from scratch too. I think the last original game I came up with was a version of what I thought 'Lanceboard' (from the Dragonlance world) might be like. Took a bunch of metal miniatures I had, created a fairly detailed combat system for them, made up cards (you moved the unit when it's card came up, like Battlemasters), and a bunch of placable buildings and stuff for a big map. Friends and I actually played that for a while, heh.

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Post Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2006 6:47 am 
 

Badmike wrote:
  Anyway, we never made one of these with a fantasy theme, maybe you guys could create your own boardgame using the pictures from Dragon magazine.  

Mike B.


Well, she's too young for games  :(   I'm very impatient waiting for her to "grow up" so she can start playing something with me!   :D  

I keep looking at the Warlocks & Warriors box set I've got set aside for her . . . but she's still a few years away . . .


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Post Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2006 6:57 am 
 

Get her started on "Choose your own adventure" books once she can read ;)

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Post Posted: Sat Oct 14, 2006 2:40 pm 
 

You gotta love kids, though ... they really will play with the box instead of the gift, if you give them half a chance. :)

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