Skeleton Wars Board Game.

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Sorry for the lateness but, I didn't finish this until today.

This board game is made using toy skeletons that I found at Dollar General. The game board are two printouts applied to foamboard.

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Step 1: Materials

To make this you will need:

Foamboard, but thin wood will do as well.

Full sheets of adhesive-backed paper.

Two sets of skeleton fighters, 10 to a pack, from Dollar General.

Gold paper for the edges.

glue stick.

Gold, Silver, and Red acrylic paints.

1 die.

Step 2: The Map

The map itself is from a free-Printout RPG game, but any grid map would also work. Since these grids are far too small for my skeletons, I cropped the image until it had a 7 by 10 grid and saved the image: Then I split the image into two matched halves of 7 by 5 and printed them out onto full sheet white sticker paper.

I then measured the two printouts and added 1 inch to the sides for my game board. Afterwards I peeled off the paper and using the glue stick, glued gold-foil paper on the edges in order to make it look better.

After the glue set, I peeled off the paper backing of the printouts, a little at a time, and carefully applied them to the foamboard.

Step 3: The Skeletons

The skeletons in the 10 packs were mixed types. Different weapons mostly. And they were about 2 inches high.

One side I painted gold and the other silver with acrylic paints. After these dried I painted their weapons red. These pics show the skeletons in the process of painting.

Step 4: Carrying Box.

The box is a book-shaped Halloween-themed box I bought at Dollar Tree. I cut and glued a black foamboard divider into it to keep the two sets separate. I added the sticker for decoration and to show what is in the box. Along with the skeletons I added a single die. This will become important later on.

Step 5: Game Setup

The skeletons, I'll call them game pieces from now on, are set up on the two rows on opposite sides. Arrangement doesn't really matter. The die is part of the gameplay.

Step 6: Game Rules.

These are the simplest rules I can come up with.

The point of the game is to eliminate all of the other sides game pieces.

Each game piece can only move one square in any direction: Forwards, backwards, left, right, and four diagonals.

When two game pieces occupy the same square, a "Fight" begins.

Now come two different sets of "Fight" rules: One for lack of a better name is "CHANCE" and the other is "SKILL"

Step 7: Fight Rules, "CHANCE"

This is the simplest:

All of the game pieces are of equal value.

When two game pieces get into a "Fight" each player rolls the single die, and the highest roll wins. The loser is removed from the board.

Step 8: Fight Rules. "SKILL"

Now, the rules for "SKILL" are different... The game pieces are ranked by the Red Weapons they are holding. Some of the game pieces have one red weapon and it counts as "One", those with two red weapons "Two", and the two with longer weapons and red bases count as "Three". The first two pics show the differences between the game pieces.

Three automatically defeats Two and One... Two automatically defeats One...

And when both are of equal value, the die is rolled: Highest number wins.

For example in pic 3, since both are equal, the die is used.

But in pic 4, the gold game piece is a One, and the silver game piece is a Two... So the silver game piece automatically wins.

Step 9: Final Remarks

Although this is too late for Halloween, This can be saved for next year and used as an accent piece at a Halloween party or display. As for the game rules you the maker are free to make up your own rules for this easy game, or use the ones I set out here. Any free RPG game grid can be used also, as long as it is 7 by 10 squares, split into two parts.

Any set of miniature figures can also be used in a game like this... Like rabbits and chicks for Easter or any other seasonal mini figures.

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    arthurdent

    5 weeks ago

    You're welcome. I also have fond memories of that movie.

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    Alex in NZ

    5 weeks ago

    Cool! Looking at your photographs, I am having flashbacks to the Harryhausen "Clash of the Titans" Thank you for sharing. :-)