Introduction: Build and Play WAR ROOM RISK


Several months ago, a dear friend returned from a trip to Europe. While there he had the great privilege of touring one of Churchill’s War Rooms. One evening we got into a discussion about war rooms and about strategy games…

…And so a CRAZY idea began to germinate. Some months later, six of us put aside a full weekend to focus on construction and the first game. What resulted was the epic tradition of WAR ROOM RISK.

I would love to provide thorough instructable style details here but I’ve delayed posting long enough.
For now, here are the basics:
• Armies = super glue + army Men + poker Chips + spray paint
• Board = risk board digital photo + digital projector + Two 4′x5′ plywood pieces + sample paint + hinges
• Pusher Doohickeys = simple wood molding + drill + dowel Rod
• Game = liberally apply testosterone + silly hats + cocktails


samw80 (author)2016-11-01

what do you use for the horses and cannons?

BCatDC (author)samw802016-11-01

Hey Sam, different generals used different things for their armys. I believe the guy who used horses and canons bought a "GETTYSBURG CIVIL WAR MILITARY PLAYSET" or two, for around $10 bucks a piece and then spray painted them.

Nistleroy06 made it! (author)2016-07-21

This was one of the most fun builds I've ever done. I tried to make it as close to the original video as I could. The only thing I couldn't figure out was which set of game cards to get. I know Hasbro has made a ton of versions of RISK and I wanted to make sure I got the right version to go along with my board. Any thoughts????

BCatDC (author)Nistleroy062016-07-21

AMAZING Work! I hope you get as much joy out of this as we did. Ya know, honestly we kinda just punted on the cards. I think we used a set from someone's old original game. Would be cool to do something custom though. I'd go with whatever you can get cheap, provided they aren't tied to some crazy version of risk on the moon, or middle earth or something.

EricM266 (author)BCatDC2016-07-23

Yeah, we used Tyler's game cards from the original game.

jonnyc86 (author)EricM2662016-10-27

When we did ours (now got two giant boards! one World and one UK.) I designed some cards and got them custom printed from a company in China. Something like £27 for a full deck of custom printed cards, individual designs on the face and one design on the back.

Foskifo44. (author)2016-02-18

I really loled at the Hitler's subtitles

Well done :)

jonnyc86 (author)2014-07-11

Hey @BCatDC, we saw this video a few months ago and started planning our own!

Check out our website here:

this was all down to you guys!! we are having our fist game tomorrow afternoon (12th July 2014), lots of pics etc to follow! :) :)

tonygperez (author)2014-03-30

Your video was fantastic! Your game has inspired me to turn regular family night into giant board game night. Ahh, the possibilities . Thanks

Tuckertcs (author)2014-03-20

Inspirational. This video got me into risk. This video and this video alone made it look so fun, thank you! :)

aftong (author)2013-12-27

Where did you find the horses and cannons? I've been looking around online but I can't find any sets that have more than 4 or 5 horses.

NAiMA79 (author)2013-12-12


nadromac (author)2013-08-01

I saw this about a year ago and have been dying to make one myself ever since. I'm finally going to get around to it and, with any luck, I'll have time to get started tomorrow.

BCatDC (author)nadromac2013-11-20

Hey nadromac, if you get around to it I'd love to see pictures.

MonkiMan (author)2013-11-20

that was awesome!

Wolfthorn (author)2013-07-16

Yes! Thank you for clearing that up for me.

Wolfthorn (author)2013-07-15

This is awesome!! By the way how did you enlarge the photo that much without losing resolution?? And how did you print it that big?? Or did you paint it.... Please respond I would like to know how to build it more accurately

BCatDC (author)Wolfthorn2013-07-15

Thanks Wolfthorn. Glad ya liked it.

So it is painted not printed.

Here was the trick: We found an image of the map online. We used a digital projector (any simple powerpoint style thing will do). To project it at a good size. Then we used sharpies to outline the various shapes on the map and filled the outlines in with paint. Make sense?

FeniXb3 (author)2013-05-20

Wow, I just found this accidentally and I have to say that it's sooo sooo great! If I had more room, I would do this for sure. I hope I will not forget about that in the future, because it's so freaking awesome I just have to do this. :D Great idea, guys!

theviewingstation (author)2012-06-25


This Idea is one of the greatest I've seen yet! Bravo!
Can't wait for more!

RedneckEngineer (author)2012-06-25

WOW!! One of my fav games of all time Super Sized!

Great job guys!

Kyerohtaron (author)2012-06-24

This is brilliant! Absolutely brilliant!

EmcySquare (author)2012-06-18

Simply awesome !!!

playpep (author)2012-06-17

What is the song at the beginning of the video? Cool concept.

ilpug (author)2012-06-16

Any idea why the movie might not work?

Awesome idea

revjim5000 (author)2012-06-16

Absolutely incredible guys. I am slow-clapping while a single tear runs down my cheek.
My first thought - at the Dollar store, I've seen little plastic army men, but I've also seen little plastic pirates, ninjas, Native Americans, dinosaurs, farm animals, robots . . . oh, I'm giddy just thinking about it.
And yes, as the veteran of many beer/game sessions I agree that you will definitely want to water-proof whatever you can.

BCatDC (author)2012-06-16

Just wanted to thank you all for the love! The Generals and I have been very excited by the reception we've gotten from this thing. We'd love to see anyone copies and or improvements. We'll probably upgrade sometime soon. We'd love to be able to use a jigsaw or a giant CNC to do board cherry, walnut, oak etc.

We even talked about what would be involved to do one in different marble.

Three things we could have done better:

Made drink holders!
Lacquered the top of the board!
Provided some kind of ridice rolling area.

Kokor (author)2012-06-15

I know what I want for Father's Day - time to build this awesome game board!

code_neon (author)2012-06-15

You have inspired me!

Everything about this is great! Very very Beardy!

Congrats on the epic board!

amargalha (author)2012-06-15

Man this is the most awesome thing ever! I must have one of those! Better yet, I'LL MAKE ONE! xD

Thank you so much for the inspiration!

You guys RULE (at your own Risk) xD

boaslad (author)2012-06-14

This is absolutely the coolest beer dream project I have ever seen. And trust me. I've seen a lot! You guys rock. And I love the "interpreted' German scene in the video. Me thinks some one had WAY too much time on his hands. Very very cool. Sure beats the crud out of poker night.

mikeasaurus (author)2012-06-14

Oh man this is awesome! You should share pictures of your game pieces, rake (the pushy thing), and details of your silly hats and costumes.

This is my kinda board game, great job!

BCatDC (author)mikeasaurus2012-06-14

Thanks Mike! I'll try to get some extra photos and things and get them uploaded.

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Bio: Hi, I’m Ben Connors. I'm a Visual Storyteller and Media Innovator. I believe that information is everywhere, that patterns define us, and that ... More »
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