Introduction: Homemade Travel Games

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These instructions are for a 3 x 5 inch travel game you can fold up and take with you.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

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- colored felt (pick colors so you can have light on dark or dark on light to be able to see the pieces better)
- Glue
- Cardstock (alternatively you can use 3x5 index cards, but they will be less like a book and be more susceptible to damage from wear)
- A cutting tool, straightedge and cutting board for cutting the paper and cardstock (I used a pocketknife for the cardstock and the instructions. You can use other cutting tools as available.)
- Scissors (to cut the felt)
- Wide colored tape (I have blue duct tape)
- Instructions for the game you want to include (optional)

Step 2: Optional - Preparing the Instructions

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- I created the instructions to be a tri-fold page that is cut to be about 4" x 2" so that it will fit nicely inside the book when folded.
- When I printed the page, I put a border line at the top and the bottom of the instructions to ensure I'd end up with a page that cut properly. You can see this in the instructions displayed in the image of the materials.
- I used the straightedge and pocketknife to cut the page
- I then folded the page leaving one section to be glued to the book.

Step 3: Creating the Book Cover

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- I cut the cardstock into 3" x 5" pieces
- Then, I took the duct tape and taped both sides, leaving about a ½" gap between the covers of the book to give it more of a 'book' appearance and to allow it to be folded easier..
- A couple of hints.
o The cardstock had a back side that ended up being the inside of the book.
o Also, since I didn't want the duct tape seam to show, the seam is on the inside of the book.

Step 4: Optional - Inserting the Instructions

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- I then glued the instructions. Note that there is enough of a gap (about ¼") to allow the instructions to be folded in over the felt that will be added in the next step.

Step 5: Add the Felt

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- add glue to the inside of the book
- lay the book down on top of the felt
- cut excess felt away
- Helpful tips:
o Get glue around the edges as well as various spots in the middle to ensure the felt stays in place.
o Don't use too much as it will soak through and make hard spots on the felt
o Use a dark background and a lighter felt if possible so the tape used won't show. Note that I made a game that required a board be drawn on the felt and the lighter background was needed.
o I cut the edges with the pocketknife, but scissors would work better.
o I laid the side of the book with the instructions on an edge of the felt to make trimming the felt easier.

Step 6: Finishing Touches

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- Cut out any pieces needed for the game
- Fold over the instructions
- Decorate the outside of the book

Step 7: Sample Instructions

I didn't make these instructions completely by my memory and I don't properly identify the sources for my instructions as they were intended for gifts. However, it's a good idea to recognize where your source material(s) come from.

Comments

Kiteman (author)2008-01-10

It's good to see ancient games being resurrected - I make card versions of Hnefatafl and Nine-Men's Morris for my classes to play at the end of the school year. (For those wishing to look for more information, Hnefatafl translates as "King's Table")

not-bob (author)Kiteman2008-01-10

I definitely had fun designing this and doing the research. Thanks for the comments.

GorillazMiko (author)2008-01-09

Fun idea! Looks small.

not-bob (author)GorillazMiko2008-01-09

Thanks! The design is easily adjusted to be whatever size you want. This size was arrived at by thinking of something that would easily fit into a pocket, but there's no reason you couldn't make a larger version for a different game. I found some instructions for a Vulcan chess game that I nearly made. While it would have fit on this board, a larger one would have been better. If you make one, let me know!

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