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.

Step 1: Choose Your Packaging

It is was very important to me to choose the packaging first, as it would determine my size limitations for the rest of the game. From here on out, everything I designed would need to fit in this little chest.

This is a non-traditional board game in the sense that its not actually a fold out cardboard playing surface. Since I didn't have to worry about getting a large cardboard box that would fit a board, I had the ability to get a lot more creative with my packaging. Since the game is set in a medieval style tavern I decided I wanted to use traditional materials like wood and metal. 

I chose the chest because it was very portable, compact, and has an amazing visual presence. You can't look at a tresure chest and not think of adventure and mystery. I also wanted the game packaging to be recognizable without actually putting the name of the game anywhere on the outside, making it a fun discovery for those who find it and investigate it.

The chest itself was very easy to find, I got this one from Michaels for around $16. I then took the time to stain the main body a nice rich redwood color and then I sealed the whole chest for durabilty.
<p>About the forcing rule tweak. Do you think its best to be limited using the red stones or just leave it like the pc game where you could force trade as many times you want? Is this a more balancing approach?</p>
<p>this looks like a pretty straight forward game, with a lot of fun. but can you play this game with 3 or 5 players?</p>
Sorry, mistook the comment bar for the search bar. I'll delete these 2 last comments as soon as I figure out how!
Glass slipper
So, got sidetracked with other projects; now back to this one. Do you have any additional information on how to make the game boards for someone who's never done any woodworking? I could probably manage the flat surfaces, but not sure how to make that wooden frame?
<p>I remember playing this over and over when I was a kid; I had a bunch of these cd-roms filled to the brim with hundreds of dos games, and Moraff's games popped up a lot. That board game set looks amazing by the way, I absolutely love it.</p>
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!
I'm so glad my project has inspired you! I'll do my best to post more projects. Good luck on the board games!
a beauty
That is a great idea, a spectacular finished product, well layed out plans and a fantastic instructable. Following.
Thanks for the support, glad you liked it :)
Hey! Congratulations!!! <br>I have one question, I've read the instructions on how to play the game, and in the part &quot;trading moves&quot; 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 &quot;I trade you one gold stone for a jewel?&quot; or how do you let your opponent know the stone you want and if it is seen or hidden?
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. <br> <br>I hope that makes sense. <br> <br>Thank you for the question, I love the feedback in finding the weaknesses of the game.
Thanks! I'm still in shock!
really fantastic work, ideas and wonderfully written!!! thanks for sharing :)
This is more than pure awesomeness!
Wow, great job! I loved DOS games when I was a kid...maybe it's time to revisit.

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