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Battleshots is a drinking game variation of the classic strategy grid game commonly known as Battleship.
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Step 1: Supplies

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- 4 - 2' x 2' panels of plywood (I used MDF)
- 2" x 1" boards for boats (34" of boats total, I recommend at least a 48" piece to allow for cutting).
- 3 piano hinges, 12" long
- dowel pegs (I used 1/4" pegs, 3 packs of 72)
- shot glasses (plastic or glass, 34 total)

- Router with 1/16" bit
- Sanding equipment
- Drill with bits to fit dowel pegs (1/4") and to make cradles for shot glasses (1.5" bit on drill or drill press. See image of bit I used).

- Stain for panels and/or boats
- Hooks and eyes to hold panels together for storage
- Storage tubs for pegs and shot glasses (I found fishing tackle gear that did the trick).

Step 2: Mark Panels For Routing

In a 2' x 2' panel, I allowed two inches per square for a total of 20" x 20" grid. This gives you two inches on each side of extra space. To allow for lettering/numbering, I offset the grid by one inch to the right and down, giving me three inches on the left and top, and an inch of clearance on the right and bottom.

The grid is marked out with a pencil, and I marked the grid diagonally as well- the crosses in each square will give you the drill point for your peg holes.

Step 3: Router. And Then Router Some More. Then Drill.

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Use your router to etch the 10 x 10 grid on each panel. Obviously, be sure to clamp a guide to allow for straight lines. This takes quite a while to complete. Hang in there.

When you're finished with the router, use your drill to drill holes in the middle of each square. Be sure not to drill all the way through- go perhaps 1/2". Drill stops are your friend, or put some painters tape on your drill bit to correspond to the desired depth.

As you finish this process, if you'd like to apply a stain or finish, now is the time to do so. Let the panels dry as you start on your boats.
armyofmike (author) 1 year ago
That is so cool! You took it to the next level, nice job!
Treknology1 year ago
"Hic! Shee Sheven!"
Very nice!
Here's another version from last year:
Very nice!
Here's another version from last year:
traumamike1 year ago
This is genius! Thanks for a great instructable!
armyofmike (author) 1 year ago
ha! Thanks. I've updated the Instructable to look a little less silly talking about dow rods. For now, it's going to be a house party and tailgating game. If I had the know-how to mass produce this thing, I absolutely would. As it happened this time, with time and supplies expenses, I'd probably need that $500 to make it worthwhile to make them to sell.

By the way... Awesome... I'm making a set!!!
jwright491 year ago
I saw this on jimmy Fallon. Awesome
79starfire1 year ago
Dowel. Dowel pegs. Pretty sure you really don't want to use Dow pegs.

Looks like a very cool take on a classic game. I agree with GrumpyOldGoat, that would be gold at a VFW hall.
armyofmike (author) 1 year ago
If I hit my opponent's boat on, say, C3, then my opponent would drink the shot that's resting on C3. I don't have any additional rules for sinking a boat, but if you want to make that part of your house rules, I say go for it!
Lost Moai1 year ago
If you make a "hit," who drinks? Is there an additional penalty for a sunk ship?
Patent it, find a mass producer in your country and market it to sports bars, military organizations, etc at no less than $499.00.

Bars and VFW Posts will make their money back in 3 days.
Ya it wouldn't work after awhile when your drunk
hmerchant1 year ago
Yes norsk, I mean monotonous monopoly.
You mean Monopoly? :P
hmerchant1 year ago
Awesome armyofmike , how about a drnking game for Monotony ? pass go and pass out.
Very creative!
jarthur61 year ago
bad a$$.... love it!
kretzlord1 year ago
Well done! Might have to try this for a new year's party game. And Welcome to the community!
roballoba1 year ago
I hope this is a team drinking game! Looks fun!!