Craft Your Own Board Games
I’m a very practical sort of crafter. I don’t craft just for the fun of it. Instead, I craft to make something usable… a gift, something to wear, or something to beautify my home.
That’s why I enjoy crafting my own board games. Making games give me an excuse to play with scissors and glue, while at the same time, resulting in a project that is highly useful. So far I’ve made (and played) over 20 homemade board games.
Game Making Tutorials
- How To Make Your Own Cards
- Roll Up Board Game Surface
- Make Your Own Box & Quad Fold Board
- Cardboard Box Building How-To
- Game Bags: How To Make Your Own
- Quarter Fold Game Board Tutorial
- How To Make A Folding Game Board
- How To Make A Tuck Box
- How To Make Print And Play Games
- Using Adhesive Back Tiles To Make A Game
- Mount And Laminate A Game Board
Favorite Homemade Games
Everyone will have different taste in games but these are the games that I made and particularly enjoy playing.
- Micropul – Tile placing game
- XiangQi – DIY version of an ancient Chinese game
- Amazons – I play this with my son and consistently lose
- King Of The Tabletop – My kids love this game
- Sword and Sail – Good for a slightly younger crowd
Making your own games can be a lengthy process, so be sure to pick the correct ones for you.
Here are a couple that I recommend:
- The Dungeon of D (single player)
- Inspector Moss: House Arrest (single player)
- Euronimoes (based on dominoes)
- Decktet (card game with many variations)
- Valor and Victory (war game)
- Piecepack (complete gaming system)
- Interspace (space themed game)
- Deadly Harmony (fighting game/card game)
- Settlers of New Catan (Catan variant)
- 18AL (train game/difficult)
To locate additional games to make, check out BoardGameGeek.
Before using these links, here are a couple of tips:
Ink is expensive. You may not want to print out a game until you have read the instructions thoroughly to be sure you will enjoy it.
Even if the instructions look good, you may still want to hear what others say about the games. Board Game Geek has rating for almost every game listed here.
If you do decide to print a couple of games, consider printing the full color ones in black and white. You can fill them in with colored pencils one day when you or the kids are feeling crafty.
Always print game board, cards and pieces on cardstock. Cardstock in available at Staples, Office Depot or any other office supply store.
Glue the cards onto a second slice of cardstock before cutting out. They will last longer and feel more “real” that way.
Game pieces and maps are nicer to work with if two slices of cardstock are glued to their bottoms.
Make sure the links to all parts of the game are functional before you begin to print. You don’t want to find out a map is missing after having already printed 5 pages of instructions and 2 charts.
Decide how you will store your new games. Resealable plastic bags placed inside an empty board game box, accordion folder or large manila envelope all work well.
Don’t go overboard. It’s easy to go crazy when you hear the word free. If you are not much of a board game player, downloading two or three games is plenty.
Making and playing board games has brought me many years of enjoyment. I hope this article motivates you to try out my hobby for yourself!