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Picture of Quick-Play Travel "GO" Set
The ancient game of Go pre-dates chess and draughts, has simpler rules, yet its subtleties defy attempts to computerise it.

Normally played on the intersections of an 18x18 grid (thus giving a playing area of 19x19 points), quicker games can be played on smaller boards.

This Instructable details the manufacture of a 7x7 travel board with unique reversible pieces and the capability of preserving a part-played game.

(I have to own up to this being a collaboration with Kiteman. Blame him for any weird language.)
 
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Step 1: Materials

You will need:

  • A large, empty matchbox (known as "cook's matches" or "kitchen matches" in the UK)
  • Some dead matches, burned as little as possible (yes, I lit and extinguished these matches deliberately)
  • Scrap card, preferably corrugated.
  • Decorative paper.
  • Sharp things, including a Dremel with a 2mm drill-bit, glue (we used PVA woodglue) and a permanent marker.

Step 2: The board

Draw a square grid of six by six squares. You can do this by hand or with the software of your choice, just make sure the grid is slightly smaller than the internal width of the matchbox drawer. For our matchbox, we made a grid 55mm wide inside a square 63mm wide.

Glue the grid onto the corrugated card and trim to size to fit the drawer. If you have enough corrugated card, use two or three thicknesses glued together.

Trim it square by sawing it with a serrated knife blade.

At each of the 49 intersections, use the sharp thing of your choice to poke holes through the board, large enough to accept a matchstick. We ended up drilling the holes with Kitedad's Dremel.

Glue the board into one end of the matchbox drawer.

You may like to cut a rectangle of card to form a fourth wall around the board, which will also prevent the spare pieces falling across the board.

You may also like to decorate the outside of the matchbox (mainly to prevent it looking like a matchbox!) - the easiest way is to glue coloured paper around the box. You can also decorate it to suit your personal taste. If you are making this as a gift, then decorate it to suit the recipient's taste.
lunius4 years ago
another marvelous instructable, kiteman! Even though you weren't the only one working on it, it still has that "kiteman pizazz" that only you can add in. Awesome job!
LadyCrymsyn5 years ago
Great looking ible! I've been looking for a design for a travel Go board - can't wait to try this out. I think I'll try what you suggested and dip the matchsticks in ink, rather than trying to colour by hand, though.
Jestersage5 years ago
I would personally prefer if you make it 9x9 at least. Other than that, it's a good one.
9x9 didn't fit in the matchbox with enough space to handle the matches comfortably. You can still play to first capture on a 7x7.
where would the white peice go to win? I have trouble understanding this.
Starting at the right-mos corner, count three spaces along the back row. A white piece there fills all the liberties of the right-most black piece, making first-capture.
I'm sorry, I still don't understand.
jthzero5 years ago
Thanks for the idea, I plan to make a wooden versions for my Go club.
PKM5 years ago
Simple but effective- I like it!

Here's an idea- you could make paper inserts to go over the top of the board to give boards for playing different games. I'm specifically thinking of a chequerboard for draughts or a grid for Nine men's morris (or mill as kostya calls it).

I've been meaning to pick Go up again and have a long train journey tomorrow- maybe I should make one...
gmjhowe5 years ago
Roger-X (author)  gmjhowe5 years ago
Cool - I don't think Kitedad has been.
kelseymh5 years ago
Very, very well done! Clearly you are learning from a Master. Good language, lots of very clear photos and drawings with each step (and annotated!), sufficient for anyone to reproduce or modify. This is the sort of I'ble that deserves to be referenced in a "how to make an Instructable" guide.
NachoMahma5 years ago
. Great job.
kostya5 years ago
Nice instructable! I used to play English board game of mill with my son. I wonder if it is still played in England. We used halves of matches as checkers. I think there's a problem with the cardboard. After a few games you'll find that the holes are too loose to hold "stones'. I would recommend to add a sort of stopper in the middle of each match.
I've no idea how to play the game, but I like the way it looks! Well done! :D
I second that motion! Faved and 5 stars!
DJ Radio5 years ago
sweet man, 5*
caitlinsdad5 years ago
You should have made the Altoids tin version and used self-striking matches with the heads intact for a survival kit.

Haha, weird language, you're a rebel.
Nice. Then it could be decorated with a Mario mushroom made from LEDs.
mg0930mg5 years ago
Nice, will vote when it is ready. Subscribed and favorited.