They've got some great versions on etsy right now.
I'm not the only person who has wanted to rename the game, but it's not so easy.
Clay is the best material.
I've been pondering the different ways this could be constructed.
That's a tangle of decisions.
Recently the dam broke when I came across some
These a white, they are a hard bakelite (?) plastic
and they are a bit larger than
other dominos. The dominos could be assembled to form the unusual board.
The special positions were marked by red star stickers from Walmart.
But what to do about the lines? It seems obvious, just use a felt pen and a
ruler. But .. ahh ..
The other option was to use the existing lines on the other
side of the domino and somehow make the dots disappear. I wound up going with the
felt pen. The lines are where they are. The board was large enough.
Should these dominos be somehow attached to form a cohesive board?
We just happened to have come from the lake at Hecla. We had gathered little
white quartzy stones and, working out perfectly, some darker stones. Six of each
of these, and you've got your pieces for the game.
And then there are the dice. They could be dice or stick dice. Why not
just use popsicle sticks? Well, once you've figured out the colours, will they
go through the porous sticks and warp them? Do you have to use primer?
What colour will the edges be? Are popsicle sticks too light?
Anyway, your craft store sells coloured popsicle sticks,
and you can glue two of them together. This is fine. They sometimes land standing
on their side, and sanding edges will not work because the colour is superficial.
Toss the sticks in the air so they flip a couple of times. It's rather fun.
My dad suggested using coins as dice, and we tried it.
Canadian coins can sometimes have striking faces, like a red poppy.
I grabbed some black and white Reversi/Othello pieces.
These have pros and cons.
The Royal Game of Ur could be made so it can be stuffed in an Altoids
tin. more coming
The game Snakebite
is going to be lost to digital rot, and it's not possible to
make physically. So how about making a simple 8 x 8 board that is endless, so that
going off the right will take you to the left side of the board. Pieces are normal
pieces, not snakes. Like the old snakes, a piece can only move in one direction. You
take a crown or whatever and win by taking it around the board to its original position.
How hard can that be?
Take a look at Beach Buttons, where pieces move two spaces at a time, and
there is also
the combination of an endless board and and odd number of cells.
where pieces can kill each other but the game is really about the moving king,
and the action moves around the board. See
where opponents are on alternating
Should pieces be able to kill each other, leading to a more decisive game,
or should it be a non-lethal game, like soccer? (In Snakebite snakes could be
paralyzed) Should opposing pieces be on alternating cells so that they could
jump over each other and grab the ball, or should pieces be placed on any type of
cell? Is the goal to go around the board back to where you originally picked up
the ball? Should you move one space at at a time, or two?
Setup should be easy. Setup is not an issue with a computer game, but that's
a computer game.
A ghost-themed memory game for the very young. I always had a soft spot for it, partly because of the name.
I was looking forward to two Halloween projects, but after much mental
effort I gave up with both of them.
I was most excited about the spider trap. When I was young I noticed
that a twisted elastic band has a consistent amount of tension. I figured
put this on a manufactured spider web, use candy as bait, and the spider
will attack your hand. See the mousetrap below.
I tried putting this with a doorbell for Halloween. You can't do this
because you can't attach things, especialy to a stucco wall.
On the plus side I learned that a loop of pipe cleaner around a doorbell
works effectively as a trigger, although not subtly.
Then I tried using a shoebox, and I really strained my brain figuring
out the way to do it. I learned to make the trigger by putting a loop of
dental floss/fishing line around, not the caramel, but a bit of the caramel
wrapper so you can't see it. The spider should go precisely to your hand
at the caramel, so the elastic should be longer than the spider's movement.
Pulleys? The spider itself is important. A little plastic spider is not
a big deal, while the big scary floppity rubber one requires too much power.
Will the end result be worth the effort anyway?
If I restart this I will go back to the original idea and make a
two-dimensional web. Cardboard? Yarn? How big?
And then there's the fiddler crab costume. When I was a kid I
suggested to my dad making a fiddler crab costume, and he did it, using
a refrigerator box, complete with a closing claw. Fiddler crabs have one
It's a bit of a legend in our family.
I tried hard to think of how to do it, but gave up. My dad was
surprisingly unhelpful. Arthropods with with their exoskeletons are just
different. The biggest issue is how you attach things. This would
have been an innovative handmade costume, a conversation starter, with
some family history to boot. I gave up.
The costume would be for a little girl. I'm thinking about making a
praying mantis costume.
If these unfocused folks get their act together at all, the most likely
costume is El Kabong, with a horse mask thing. Guitars have been very