Race To Space is a game with a Domino kind of playstyle but with FIRE !
A fun game to play outside!
The concept and prototype was created by Howest students (Belgium, Kortrijk) as a project for Bolwerk.
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Step 1: Materials
Game board (materials and machines)
- MDF board (100x63x1,5)
- Wooden beams (the wood type doesn't matter! The used beams were given to me by a carpenter who had no use for them)
- Aluminum sheet (about 0,5m² / 0,8mm)
- 100% Glue (all purpose glue)
- Screws (3,0x25mm)
- Tape measure
- Drill (use 2 if you have them)
- Miter Saw
- Band sander
- Bending machine
- Plate shears
- ZIP firelighters
- Lamp oil (or some other flammable fluid)
- Cotton rope
- Jute rope
- Empty disposable containers
- Gunpowder (optional)
- Visco fuse
- Small fireworks
- Magnesium stick
- MDF board 3mm
- Laser cutter
Step 2: Preparing Materials for the Board
Blocks and center piece
Use the miter saw to cut the beams into 22 pieces with dimensions around 12x10x6
These can be larger and smaller! Use different sizes to make a more vibrant game board.
Choose 1 beam to use as centerpiece (about 25cm high)
Sand the blocks and the center piece on the band sander to get a clean look.
Use the plate shears to cut 22 pieces of aluminum plates (4x4cm)
These will offer a little protection to the blocks.
Cut 2 squares (15x15cm)
These will be used to make fire on
Save the rest of the aluminum!
Step 3: Making the Parcours
Draw a square in the corner (15x15cm) on each side
Place the center piece in the middle of the board
Divide the blocks on the board, 11 on each side
Create a temporary parcours using cord and tape
- start from the square
- end at the centerpiece
- make sure the difference in height is not to big
- create one bridge on each side
- make a few turns
Step 4: Gluing
Mark the corner of each block with a pencil
Use Tec7 to glue the blocks to the board
Give the blocks time to dry !
Use 100% glue for the aluminum
Glue one square (15x15cm) on each corner of the board
Glue one square (4x4cm) on the top of each block (in the middle)
Step 5: Making and Placing the Gutters
Measure the distance from block to block
Cut aluminum strips with the measured lengths and 4cm wide
Bend the strips into gutters using the bend machine
Drill a hole at each side of the gutters
Use screws to fix them to the blocks
Step 6: Making the Launch Platform
Cut an aluminum strip 4 cm wide
The length depends on the width of the centerpiece
length = width + 2*(4+2)
Bend the strip upwards at 2cm from each end
Bend the strip downward at 4cm from the previous bends to create the platform (see picture)
Drill a hole at 5mm from each end with a 2mm drill
You can choose to glue or screw the platform to the centerpiece but if you bended correctly it should tighten itself
Step 7: Making the Box
Use the Illustrator file to cut out the boxes with a laser cutter
Glue the sides of the box together using 100% Glue
Don't glue the top! (Obviously)
Cut 2 aluminum strip (13,8x16cm)
Bend the strip in a U shape at these distances: 48 - 64 - 48
Place the U in the middle of the box
Step 8: Filling the Box
Start by unravelling the jute cord
Make balls with the strings
Crush the firelighters into small crumbles
Put the crumbles in the middle of the box
Cut the cord (length = 80% of total parcours length)
Cut the cord in smaller pieces (around 10cm a piece)
Place the magnesium stick in the box
The lamp oil and empty containers are an addition to the box
Step 9: Making the Rocket
Cut about 15cm of Visco fuse
Use scotch tape to secure the fuse to the fuse of the firework
Slide the stick of the firework through the hole in the platform on the centerpiece
Step 10: Placing the Name
Glue the laser cut letters on the board using 100% Glue
Step 11: Gunpowder (optional)
We had some old bullet lying around and decided we could use these for a special effect
We had live ammo and blanks. These were opened in a different way.
Place the bullet in a vise
Use plyers to take out the top (the bullet)
Empty the shell
Place the blank in a vise or use plyers to hold
Use nippers to cut the tip off
Empty the shell
Step 12: Enjoy!
Have fun playing with fire!