do it yourself- build a board game

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why should you build a board game?

because you can write your own rules!

the following step by step instructions will guide you to building a better board game- classic Battleship becomes a bit more interactive when if turns into Battleshots!

the rules are essentially the same but getting hit has greater (perhaps more glorious) consequences. each hit that your ship takes earns you a sip from the boat. tailor the game to your tastes, your level of enthusiasm, or your tolerance. Battleshots is a great way to sample a variety of beers or different varietals of wine if you have stock on hand. Battleshots may be ultimately punishing- filling the boats with unsavory flavors and concoctions. Battleshots can be fun for all ages- fill the boats with vegetables the kids don’t eat- and let the rules of the game nourish them accordingly!

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materials necessary:

  • 2 peg boards with enough squares to create a desired grid (shown is a 9×9 grid)
  • 2 plain boards the same size as peg boardsImage
  • 2 cork boards of smaller size than plain boards
  • 2 sheets foam paper

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  • paint and paintbrushes (suggested- blue, red, black, gray)

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  • ruler or measuring stick

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  • scissors

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  • permanent markers

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  • wire cutters

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  • hinges with hardware

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  • epoxy glue or other strong adhesive

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  • 100-150 each of 2 colors- push pins

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  • plastic glassware

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  • 2 ice cube trays of 2 colors (cut into boats)

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get started:

  • paint the pegboards. blue is classic- not to mention this board will be water for the boats!
  • measure out a grid for both pegboards and draw in with permanent marker. keep in mind the boats must fit neatly on top of the grid. squares drawn as shown are 2 pegs x 2 pegs.

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  • finalize grids with foam squares labeled A-I and 1-9 (for a 9×9 grid as shown)
  • affix foam squares with epoxy glue or other strong adhesive

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  • draw corresponding grids onto cork boards
  • optional- paint a border around grid

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  • hinge together the 2 plain boards so they support each other back to back and upright
  • affix completed cork boards center to plain boards with epoxy glue.

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  • cut apart the ice cube trays with wire cutters. for a 9×9 grid consider creating: 2 boats of 3 / 1 boat of 4 / 1 boat of 2. remember you will be creating 2 sets of boats in 2 different colors.

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  • set it up. peg board lies flat and hinged plain boards with cork board should rest upright and behind pegboards creating privacy. fill your plastic glassware with your choice of cargo. provide each player with 2 boxes of tacks each (hit tacks / miss tacks)

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play Battleshots!

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