Monday, September 5, 2011

Liar's Cards Instructions

I think these instructions capture the game I settled on and tried with my kids.

It's a variation on a bluffing game like Liar's Dice, though played with a variable number of cards, and make a little use of the Roll Arena. A little more tweaking and I'll have a completed kitbash.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Roll Arena Kitbash! Liar's Cards!

Of course having the Roll Arena completed isn't enough. I wanted to come up with some cards that would complement the set, with some rules for a simple game. Here's what the cards came out looking like:

I made new card backs using the wooden texture from the box. On the card faces, I stretched the scroll across the entire card face and put the card value in the center. I think they came out pretty nice. They're pretty much ready for a kitbash packaging - I'd have to do one more sheet of cards since I left off the cards with the shield, sword and dove -- I had no use for them in the game I'm planning.

Once I get a pile of cards done (I'm thinking I'll need at least 45 cards) I'll try out the game with the kids. If it works, I'll put up the rules!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Roll Arena

The folks at WorldWorksGames released something called the "Roll Arena" - it's a game aid that gives you a place to roll your dice, store your dice, store game cards (it comes with some card templates too) and has special "wheels" you can add to the rolling area that give targets for your dice. It's really neater than it sounds...

Anyway, I scooped it up, and built one today. The geometry is great. I think the end result, even with my wonky mistakes, looks pretty darn classy.

The card drawer features three card trays. There are dice trays on the sides.

I'd like to build at least one more, and I'd like to try some things differently this time. For starters, I'd like to make sure I build the trays FIRST. The provided instructions don't build the trays until the box is assembled. Well, it turns out I was off by ONE MILLIMETER on one of the tray openings, and that's enough to make the tray really hard to use. Had I built the trays first, I'd have laid them on the base when gluing the other pieces down, ensuring that there's enough room for them.

Another thing -- the card tray often goes in a little skewed, so when it gets to the back of the box, it snags on corners of things. I think a simple cardstock guide on both sides of the tray would fix this.

When I put the sides of the top layer together, I didn't have anything that I could use to make sure I was lining things up vertically. There's one side piece that sticks out a tiny bit. It's hardly a big deal, but my OCD makes me focus on these things.

Lastly, the top base plate is made of two halves that you need to hold together. The instructions recommend "matboard or cereal box board" but I didn't have any. I used a single sheet of cardstock. In the future, I'll try to use at least two layers of cardstock under it, not just one.

When I made the wheels that go in the rolling area, I had two layers of cardstock between two wheels, so it's four layers of cardstock altogether, and it feels nice and sturdy.

I'm really glad I picked this up. If nothing else, it's attractive storage for some game stuff, and it really feels good to have put it together.