After darkness falls across the land, light your votive candle and gather around the game board. One person plays the candle while the rest of the players pick a gnome. Randomly place the trees around the game board (casting shadows for the gnomes to hide in.) The gnomes should start behind different trees -- the objective is to get all of the gnomes behind one tree.
The candle rolls one dice and moves in one direction around the board, only changing direction at a crossroads. If a gnome is illuminiated by the candle, it's enchanted (frozen) until another gnome can rescue it. After the candle moves, the player must turn around and allow the gnomes to move in the shadows. Gnomes can only move in the darkness and cannot cross the light. If all of the gnomes are frozen, the candle wins. If all of the gnomes end up behind the same tree, the gnomes win.
To make your own version of the game you'll need the following:
- 17" x 21" piece of plywood
- 1/4" luan
- Air dry clay or Sculpy
- Votive candle
- Acrylic paint
Step 1: Gnomes
The gnomes should be about 1.5" tall. Shape a body, head, and a hat (of course). Once they dry completely, paint them with acrylic paint.