It turns out that a love of this game is something that JD and I share. And last year he asked me to buy him a game for his birthday. So I did, but just the board. I had to do a lot of searching in the thrift stores here before I found a board made out of tin. Sadly, the drawers don't open very easily due to a few dents. I don't have legitimate marbles anyways. I decided to make my own!!
Typically, I was very very late getting JD his present. He got to stare at the board for a couple months while I stitched together 60 little beaded beads from old Twist A Bead necklaces. I've always called them fossil beads because my mother did. As always, I underestimated the amount of time it would take for a big project. Here's the finished result and my winning move:
|My best game of all time. JD lost by a single move.|
If you've never played three colors on three, I suggest you should. It makes a mess of the board and things can heat up pretty quick. I played a game recently with five players and my friends got super intense, which was a surprise since a couple of them had never played before.
Anyway, here's the tutorial I used to make the beads. I had tried a couple designs on my own before giving up and asking the internet for help. My skills in independent 3D design are sadly lacking. :-( After stitching all of them, I gave them each a good dunking in Mop and Glo for stability. Now none of them squish. Best trick ever. It dries clear!! And true to my nature, I also have stored these 'marbles' in a tin of my own, one featuring Gunter the Penguin from Adventure Time. *nerd*
That's all I've got for now. Enjoy your week!
Tonight's listening pleasure: Empire of the Sun. Their new single To Her Door is making me a little sleepy with it's soft melody. I may nod off soon.
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