Intro: How to Use the Laser Engraver to Make a Fox & Geese Game (a Medieval Board Game)
How to use the Laser Cutter to make a medieval board game Fox & Geese
I made it at Techshop.
This is going to be a really short and simple one, I’m putting together a series of medieval games for rein-actors and history buffs, the one I’m presenting this time is Fox & Geese, or Flock of Geese (not Seagulls!)
How to play Fox & Geese
You can buy these games at plenty of places online but this way you'll be able to make one yourself. If you have access to Techshop or equivalent tools, in this case all you need is a laser engraver like this Epilog which is whats at tech shop
See Pic in Step 2 if you cant get it from Google docs
The red lines are cut lines, the black lines are etch. Pretty standard stuff here no surprises.
All of the parts are designed to be cut out of wood or leather, my plan was ¼” birch plywood, but you can use whatever you prefer.
Each set comes with a few extra men cut out so you have spares.
Several of the Games I'm doing checkers, 9 man morris etc, use the exact same pieces so you can
Swap them back and forth.
Two of the games, Fox and Geese and Tablut have custom pieces cause I thought it made them cooler to have Foxes, Geese & Viking Images respectively.
Step 1: The PDF Vector File
Step 2: The Vector Pdf file
The first pic is a GIF of the file so you can see it easily.
The second is the vector Pdf file in case you have trouble getting it from my Google drive link.
Google Drive Link:
You may have to play with the cut line stroke thickness, as I usually have to do that when I burn them the first time an these have not been tried yet ( I'll post more pics once I do). Simply select all the red cut lines in Illustrator or Corel Draw, and change them to the thinnest stroke (i.e. hair line) before cutting.
Some of these files are freaking huge because of all the vector data for the knotwork and art. Sorry about that but once burned you'll be amazed at the detail.
Step 2: Lasering It Out of Wood.
If you want to make one out of wood, just go to the laser, Run the Etch pass, then run the cutting pass. You can do them all in one pass, but in my experience you often have to run the cutting passes twice to get a clean cut , so I suggest doing it separately.
Step 3: Finishing It Up
If you do this properly you'll get a nice professional looking game like they sell on the intertubes.
I made it at Techshop... we'll I'm About to make it at Techshop, once I get mine cut out I'll add more Photos. I'm putting the Instructable up as at Techshop.
I hope you enjoy it.
Did I say Techshop!