Games I used to play DIY but got a set for
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Different people make do-it-yourself (DIY) versions of games for different reasons. Were my wife
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making the DIY versions, they would be crafted and nice, genuinely works of art. Although I do have a well-developed artistic side myself, in this area I tend to be primarily functional. I make DIY versions of games (by simple substitutions from other games' materials whenever possible) to try them out.

If I like the game well enough, I will try to get a nice set for the game. The latest home-made game for which I have now obtained a professionally made set is Camelot, the Inside Moves version. I had been looking to get a set for a long time, and one became available in a games-lot I bought through the BGG marketplace.

Over the years, I have acquired nicer sets for a number of games I had DIY. These are the games I tried and felt were good enough games to deserve a purchase. This statement should not be taken to mean that any other game necessarily does not; I may just not yet have found a set for another DIY game....
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1. Board Game: Alea evangelii [Average Rating:6.42 Unranked]
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This is a game I was not sure whether or not to include in this list. I like to play Go with my Pente set, although I do own an actual Go set as well (just one not as nice). When I was buying enough extra pieces to play Go (from Great Hall Games) I also bought a few extra pieces to be able to play this.

My review also gives the rules. This is the most complex of the tafl games.
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2. Board Game: Alquerque [Average Rating:5.63 Overall Rank:12032]
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This is one of the many games I printed out a board for from a BGG file. The game is drawish between equal players, but nevertheless it has a special place for me. This was the last game my wife and I played before I asked her to marry me later that afternoon.

We did not use the DIY version, since I had by that time already a copy from Great Hall Games.
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3. Board Game: Brandubh [Average Rating:6.84 Unranked]
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This game came in a lot of three games I purchased from MacGregor Historic Games. With it one can also play Ard Ri, Fidhchell and Gwyddbwyll. In case one can't tell, I have become a big fan of the tafl games.
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4. Board Game: Camelot [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:4108]
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I intend to take some pictures of my DIY version of this game at some point. The board was printed from a file here on BGG and I used four colors of Pente pieces to play, one for the men and one for the knights of each side.

My review pretty well states my opinion of this game. It's one of my favorites, and my wife likes it too! I still feel I need to figure out how to play the game well though, especially since my wife keeps beating me at this one.
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5. Board Game: Hnefatafl [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:2351]
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I hesitated whether or not to add this game, but I did buy a second set of Breakthru precisely to play this game. Using four pieces from the second set allows me to play this game of the 11x11 Breakthru board. I can also play Tawlbyund the same way.

The game this set was made for is good too, but Iprefer the traditional games it was based on loosely.
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6. Board Game: Jungle [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:8276]
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I acquired a traditional Chinese set for this game is a trade.

I reviewed the game here but tried to be clear I am still in many ways figuring the game out. Many dismiss it as a child's game, but I see a much deeper game in this.

Incidentally, that review also explains how to make a DIY set.
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7. Board Game: Large Hnefatafl [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked]
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This game I also hesitated to put on this list, but I bought a 13x13 practice Go precisely to play this game on.
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8. Board Game: Nine Men's Morris [Average Rating:5.37 Overall Rank:15072]
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This is the second game I purchased from MacGregor Historic Games. The whole lot, including shipping, cost me only US$60 at the time.
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9. Board Game: Othello [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:2391]
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I used to play this one on a Chess-board with enough pieces of two colors to do substitutions.
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10. Board Game: Puluc [Average Rating:5.72 Unranked]
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I bought a copy of this for US$5 from Great Hall Games.
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11. Board Game: Ringo [Average Rating:6.22 Unranked]
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This is the third game a purchased in a lot from MacGregor Historic Games. I'm skeptical of their history for this game because I've been able to find no independent confirmation of it, but the game is good.

The rules are given in my review and I just uploaded a printable board file to BGG. Although I did not create the file, I recall asking when I got it if I could share it here.
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12. Board Game: Senet [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:5618] [Average Rating:5.94 Unranked]
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I found a printable board somewhere on-line but don't think I have it anymore and can't remember where I found it.
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13. Board Game: Shogi [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:1086]
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This game's DIY version was one of the most involved versions I have ever made because I had no file I could just print out. So, I bought some thin wooden slice and glued hand-drawn kanji on paper to them. The game was so great, that when asked by a friend what I wanted for a birthday, I named this game without hesitation.
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14. Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:1015]
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This was another gift I asked for and was extremely pleased to receive.

My DIY version was from files here on BGG. In my enthusiasm, I even got a friend in the States interested.
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