Introduction: Atje Radje - Paper Prototype

Atje Radje is a "Wheel of Fortune" spin-off that eventually will be the "what to drink" decision-maker in our local bar.

To start off, and to kind of walk through the first part of designing the basics, I've made a paper prototype of the spinning wheel and pointer.

In this instructable I will guide you through my process.

Step 1: Materials

You will need a (cheap) paper notebook, as you're going to pierce/cut in it.

Furthermore, you'll need:

  • Scissors/knife
  • Pencil
  • Compass
  • Fineliner
  • Something to pierce the paper and hold it together, I used a resistor, could be anything really. Paperclip maybe?
  • Protractor

Cool! You're now all set to get going!

Step 2: Step 1: Drawing Out the Board

Find an empty sheet in your notebook, and use your protractor to find the middle. This way you can get the most out of your paper. Place your compass in the center and draw a circle as wide as possible.

Next, (preferably) use your scissors to cut along the edge, but as I didn't have any around, I used a sharp knife. Don't worry too much about edgy corners, it's a prototype after all.

Step 3: Step 2: Mount the Board Back Into Your Notebook

Let's put the board back into the notebook. Find another empty sheet, and take your piercing equipment. I used a resistor since I had those laying around, but feel free to use anything. A paperclip should work just fine.

Place your board over the center of the sheet, and pierce it through the center of your board, and then through two or three pages underneath. This should put it steady enough for now.

Bend over the other end, so that is stays put.

Step 4: Step 3: Let's Create Sections!

We have a turnable board, yay! But there's nothing to win yet, let's do something about that!

Figure out how many sections you want to have on your board. I chose six, it doesn't really matter at this stage. As long as they have an equal width, and I recommend that you make sure that 360 divided by the number of sections returns an even number, this way you'll know that you'll get an even distribution.

Since I made six sections, I divided 360 (degrees) by 6 and found that every section should be 60 degrees wide. Use your compass to measure out your widths, and mark each border with a dot. When you've got them all lined out, you can colour them in with your fineliners. Give them individual colours for added bonus effect.

Step 5: Step 4: Point Out the Prize!

We're almost done, we just have to tell the player what the prize is when the board has stopped spinning. To do this, use the same method you used to cut out the board to make a (triangular) pointer.

Overlay it on the top of your board, and again, pierce it firmly with your material of choice. (again I used a resistor.)

That's it! You now have a basic paper prototype of the Atje Radje board!