Build and Play WAR ROOM RISK

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Introduction: Build and Play WAR ROOM RISK

About: 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 we have the tools to change our own patterns. In 2011, I help...

WAR ROOM RISK from @BCatDC

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

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what do you use for the horses and cannons?

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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.

I really loled at the Hitler's subtitles

Well done :)

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

Check out our website here:

http://giantriskboard.wordpress.com

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

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

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

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.

I WANT ONE!!!

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.

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

that was awesome!

Yes! Thank you for clearing that up for me.

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

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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?

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!

Amazing!

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

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

Great job guys!

This is brilliant! Absolutely brilliant!

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