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Rob Fletcher
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Hello!

While it's way nicer to have all the bits spread out on a table, when you have long plane/train/bus trips I was thinking a bit about what kind of board games lent themselves to being played on a piece of paper. What got me thinking about this was the paper version of Through the Desert (http://files.boardgamegeek.com/viewfile.php3?fileid=14480). Which could get a little big confusing unless you've got five unique crayons or sharpies or something.

I realized "Hey! That's My Fish!" would be an awesome paper game. You just mark an initial down for each penguin, and when you've moved, tick off some fish-points in the margin and cross out the hex you were on. The trick is you want to randomize the tiles at the beginning. So I wrote a little script that generates a PDF with a random legal boards. You can fit four of them on a page, and just wastefully throw them away when you're on the road. You can fit eight on a double-sided sheet.

Here's my rough prototype, please let me know what you think. When it's better, I'll make a big stack of them so people can print off random pages as they please.

(update) Here's version one:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo.php?fileid=21425


I've kind of got the bug for paperizing games now. Can you think of any other games that would make the conversion well?

Later!
Rob
 
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I think that is pretty good.

Although the issue that immediately came to mind is 'how do you diffentiate between a hex a penguin is currently on an one that was claimed earlier?

The way I would suggest playing is that each player gets a different color highlighter.

Put a small mark where the penguin currently is and change it to a big X when the penguin moves off.

 
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Thanks!

Well, my thought was when you place a penguin, (if it's my turn) I put a big "R" on it. Then, when I move the penguin, I tick off however many points I just got in the side, draw my R on my new position, then just scribble the old position right out. That would work, right? Only one colour would be needed, too. Because it's as if I just scored and discarded the hex I was on.

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I also think that this looks pretty good.

My wife and I just booked a trip to Cozumel and I am thinking of what game (compact) or games to bring along --- and this "paperize" idea fits right in.

Good luck with future game conversions.
 
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generalpf wrote:
Someone somewhere made a paper version of Amun-Re with a very interesting card selection mechanic. I wish I could find it.


Is this it?
http://mysite.mweb.co.za/residents/cg23/AmunRe.htm

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There are pen-and-paper versions of Through the Desert and Stephenson's Rocket. The files are available on their respective pages.

Edit:grammar
 
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jeffwiles wrote:
There are pen-and-paper versions of Through the Desert and Stephenson's Rocket. The files are available on their respective pages.

Edit:grammar


Looks like he also did a paper Ra

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/browser.php?itemtype=file&sortb...
 
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Can't Stop would work well. 4 dice, 3 pennies for the markers, pen for where they stop. Should be able to fit the board onto a 8.5x11 sheet of paper.
 
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DVONN would work. Just takes three pens. Each turn you cross out a stack you control (which is to say, a stack for which the rightmnost tick is your colour), then add the ticks from that stack to the right side of another stack N spaces away (where N is the total number of ticks in the stack being moved).








 
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There is a paper and pencil version of medina I read about on the geek but I can't find it. Sid Sackson did 4 books of paper and pencil/marker games, all starting with the word Beyond.
 
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jadzia_dax wrote:
There is a paper and pencil version of medina I read about on the geek but I can't find it. Sid Sackson did 4 books of paper and pencil/marker games, all starting with the word Beyond.


found the medina link

http://mysite.mweb.co.za/residents/cg23/Medina.htm

From the similar geeklist

http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist.php3?action=view&listid=85...
 
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jadzia_dax wrote:
jadzia_dax wrote:
There is a paper and pencil version of medina I read about on the geek but I can't find it. Sid Sackson did 4 books of paper and pencil/marker games, all starting with the word Beyond.


found the medina link

http://mysite.mweb.co.za/residents/cg23/Medina.htm


How about we give them the link for all those game, all at once.

http://mysite.mweb.co.za/residents/cg23/Paper_and_Pencil_Gam...
 
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I designed this:

http://ekted.blogspot.com/2006/07/shadows-over-camelot-trave...

But you still need cubes and cards. I suppose you could write on the paper with a pencil and erase instead of moving cubes around.
 
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I've finished it!

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/fileinfo.php?fileid=21425

I've submitted it, but until it gets approved there it is in case you're leaving sooner than later. I figure 32 pages of the things should be enough for now. If not, I'll release an expansion pack. I hope it helps somebody out when they don't have anything too solid to play on for a few hours with nothing but a stubby pencil.

Take care!
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Sounds to me like you really must have Walter Joris's book "100 Strategic Games for Pen and Paper." A bit rough because the translation is not very good (the book was not originally written in English), but you should be able to work out almost all of the games, and there are some gems in there.
 
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Paper Hey! That's My Fish! looks pretty neat, thanks!

There's also a PDF of paper Hex boards, four per page, here on BGG.

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Similar idea, I think:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/2488

 
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Was thinking through some of the miscellaneous games I own or played recently that could be paperized without too much difficulty.


Aqua Romana - you'd have to track the movement of the architects around the board, but everything else is pretty straight forward. There are a fixed # of tiles of each type you could make counter columns for. The builders are always at the end of the existing aquaduct so movement is easy to track.

Aquaduct - This should be pretty easy. Need a d20.

Clippers - You'd need to track money, be clear on who has which roles, and would want different colored markers for the clipper routes, but again pretty easy to do. Might be a touch cramped on the map sheet.

Scotland Yard - Just need to track the use of movement tokens, simple chart on the sheet.



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