Introduction: Obelisk Board Game

Obelisk is a cooperative tower defense strategy game for 1 to 8 players. You play as guardians, defending your world from monsters appearing from a nearby portal. The monsters are easily disoriented, so keep them contained by turning trail signs. Use towers to capture monsters and upgrade your defenses! The monsters may seem mostly harmless but be warned: If they walk in a loop, an even larger portal will open!

Need access to:

  • Laser Cutter that can cut 1 foot x 2 foot plywood that is 1/8 inch thick
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • USB Stick
  • (Optional) Masking Tape
  • (Optional) Colored Pencils (Purple, Yellow, Red)


  • 1x Red Bag ($2) or an Old Sock
  • (Optional) 75x Blank Dice 16mm ($10) or just use the laser cut hex monsters
    • 25x Purple, 25x Yellow, 25x Red
  • 8x Dice (D6) from your local game store or dice from other games you already own
    • 2x Blue, 2x Red, 2x Green, & 2x Purple.
  • Box to put the game in when done ( 9in x 6.5in x 3in is a good size)
  • One sheet of 12in x 24in x 1/8in thick MDF or other plywood. You can usually buy this from the MakerSpace directly. ($ 7)

Step 1: Laser Cut the Game Tiles and Tokens

  • Download the Obelisk_1.32.cdr CorelDRAW file and put it on a USB stick
  • If your laser cutter can't use .cdr files, there are two other options, .svg and .ai that we have included just incase
  • (Optional) Get some 2" wide masking tape
  • Go to your local MakerSpace and ask them for help etching and cutting the board, monsters, and rotation tokens.
  • (Optional) Don't etch and cut in one operation. Finish etching. Then remove the board and clean the top surface.Then cover that top surface with the masking tape and cut. This will diminish burn marks.
  • Peel the tape off everything once you're done.

Step 2: Color the Hex Monsters

You can play with etched and cut monsters until the nice monsters arrive in the mail. Or if you didn't order the other monsters, these hex monsters will become your permanent monsters.

  • Hex monsters with one dot on them are colored purple
  • Hex monsters with four dots on them are colored yellow
  • Hex monsters with six dots on them are colored red

Step 3: Print Guides and Manual

  • Updated game manuals can be downloaded for free in large or small form from .
  • Print out the game manual in color
  • Print out the player guides in color on card stock or print them black and white and color them in with pencils
  • Fold the player manual in half.
  • Cut the player guides out (four per sheet & double sided = 8 double sided guides final)

Step 4: Play the Game and Write a Review

Once you have the game in hand, play a few rounds and give us some
feedback on what you think of the rules and if the game was enjoyable.

Also feel free to write us a review on Board Game Geek.

Let us know if you're interested in participating in a Kickstarter.


Swansong (author)2017-07-04

That looks fun! We haven't had a board game night in a long time, the favorite is usually Smash Up or CaH. :)

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