Instructables
Stones is an old DOS game created by Steve Moraff in 1990  as a part of his Moraff's World series of adventure games. It is a gambling/ trading game where you are pitted against monsters in a tavern, trying to earn the strongest hand. It is a four person game and it is fun for most age levels, so it should make for a great family game.

I grew up playing DOS games, so after indulging my fond memories and playing for hours on end, I had a stroke of genius. "Why not make it a real board game!?" No more playing against the computer and with a dealer who insults you...now you can play with friends and family! (I guess there could still be some insults). Research has shown me that Stones is based off of a card game, but there is no whimsy to that so I decided to stay true to the monsters, the stones, and the medieval feel.

I recommend the computer game for anyone to play, especially if you also have a soft spot for DOS games. You may download and play the game here! (they also have lots of other free DOS games you can play). You may need to download a DOS emulator to get the game to work on newer computers so I reccommend DOS BOX.



This project took longer to plan and design than it did to actually build as I strove to create both an asthetic and a functional game. I went through a lot of different designs and scrapped a lot of the intial builds as I muddled my way through design ideas. Unfourtunately I changed my altered my project so often that I was not able to keep track of my progress very well. This instructable will be a bit more geared towards how to go about designing a non-traditonal board game. I hope I will  inspire people to create their own game and get a sense of what it takes to design your own game from scratch.


 
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I've actually had a resurgence of interest in board games since I read your Instructable. I'm excited to finish mine (have got the treasure chest stained) and you've given me inspiration to try to design and build my own board game from scratch. Great 'Ible. Make more!
CrazyClever (author)  bathsheba_everdene5 months ago
I'm so glad my project has inspired you! I'll do my best to post more projects. Good luck on the board games!
sabu.dawdy1 year ago
a beauty
Cdn Sapper1 year ago
That is a great idea, a spectacular finished product, well layed out plans and a fantastic instructable. Following.
CrazyClever (author)  Cdn Sapper1 year ago
Thanks for the support, glad you liked it :)
Hey! Congratulations!!!
I have one question, I've read the instructions on how to play the game, and in the part "trading moves" it says that you ask one stone from any opponent, either hidden or seen, but how is this done? I mean, you ask your opponent something similar to "I trade you one gold stone for a jewel?" or how do you let your opponent know the stone you want and if it is seen or hidden?
CrazyClever (author)  Alex.Valdez1 year ago
Yes, you would ask it just the way you did. Its almost like asking for a card in go- fish....you might not nessisarily know if they have the stone you are asking for or not. It doesn't actually matter if the stone comes from the seen ones or the hidden ones, you just get a better idea of your chances with the ones you can see.

I hope that makes sense.

Thank you for the question, I love the feedback in finding the weaknesses of the game.
ecsaul231 year ago
Congrats!
CrazyClever (author)  ecsaul231 year ago
Thanks! I'm still in shock!
:)
jean v1 year ago
really fantastic work, ideas and wonderfully written!!! thanks for sharing :)
Geli121 year ago
This is more than pure awesomeness!
Wow, great job! I loved DOS games when I was a kid...maybe it's time to revisit.