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Well no I don't have one yet but I am thinking of it.

I am running a weekend workshop on leadership skills (decision making, problem solving, team work etc) next month and am wondering if I can create a Fish game with the participants to be the penguins.

PROBLEM - I can't think what to make the 'board' out of. This penguins are the easy bit this time.

I have tossed a few ideas around, but most seem too destructible if people (penguins) are going to be walking on them. Paper and cardboard fell into this category.

Thought of using carpet tiles, but they might be to heavy to pack and cart and could be expensive. Placemats also fell into this category.

Any thoughts for solutions?

Of course you can use the idea too but we need a board.
 
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Re: A giant version of Hey That's My Fish (and others) - hel
Coroplast.
 
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If it's outside, just mark off a board with flour. It's biodegradable, and fairly cheap in bulk.
 
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craniac wrote:
Coroplast.


Which is?

Look out Google, here I come.
 
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dogzard wrote:
If it's outside, just mark off a board with flour. It's biodegradable, and fairly cheap in bulk.


Useful for something else I do (we use masking tape for indoors), but for this game I want to be able to lift up and remove the squares (like the ice in Fish).
 
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tallboy wrote:
dogzard wrote:
If it's outside, just mark off a board with flour. It's biodegradable, and fairly cheap in bulk.


Useful for something else I do (we use making tape for indoors), but for this game I want to be able to lift up and remove the squares (like the ice in Fish).


maybe you could find some cheap plywood, thats not heavy and its easy to pick up and pack up.

Only trouble I could see is depending on how much you need transportation might be difficult.
 
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Re: A giant version of Hey That's My Fish (and others) - hel
Don't most hardware stores have rolls of outdoor astroturf type stuff? Maybe just a bunch of doormats and a utility knife.
 
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Is this going to be a once of thing, or will you do it all the time?
 
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Re: A giant version of Hey That's My Fish (and others) - hel
Alternate suggestion: Instead of having board pieces that players walk on then remove once they leave, place a board piece to 'block' a hex when a player leaves the hex.

Use tape/paint to outline the board. Have cards/plushies/signs whatever to indicate the fish in each hex. When a player leaves a hex, place something in that hex (a water blue hex tile, maybe use a traffic cone for extra visibility...). Since penguins can't walk through open spaces, whatever you use to block the hexes won't be walked on so it won't be a problem.
 
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Orph wrote:
Don't most hardware stores have rolls of outdoor astroturf type stuff? Maybe just a bunch of doormats and a utility knife.


Ahah - doormats....mmm, might be too big and costly
 
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jamesdavis wrote:
Is this going to be a once of thing, or will you do it all the time?


Well if it works I will certainly want to repeat it.
 
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kusinohki wrote:
Alternate suggestion: Instead of having board pieces that players walk on then remove once they leave, place a board piece to 'block' a hex when a player leaves the hex.


Hmmm, yes, might work, will need some thought.
 
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I've made similar activities (themed hopscotches, etc.) from Bristol Board (a lightweight cardboard) and it held up fine. As long as you're playing on a hard surface (floor, concrete, etc.), you should be fine using cardboard.
 
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I've made similar activities (themed hopscotches, etc.) from Bristol Board (a lightweight cardboard) and it held up fine.


Sounds good, but I am not sure what that is and Google doesn't seem to be helping.

What is it and where would you get it from?
 
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Re: A giant version of Hey That's My Fish (and others) - hel
Shower Curtains!!! You can cheeply purchase shower curtains and cut them up into hexes that will fit people on them. It will be easy to spray paint them (if you want fishies, you can make/buy stencils) after you cut them out. They are very light and portable. Your biggest risk will be wind problems. You might want to fill balloons with sand to weight them down while the players play. It's cheaper than wood/thicker plastic.
 
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Re: A giant version of Hey That's My Fish (and others) - hel
I think this is a great idea, so keep on it.

My thought is, do you actually need hex tiles? You need 1, 2, 3 fish markers which the players pick up when they move their penguins. When the fish is picked up, the space is empty (or you could put down a blue marker for water). As long as the markers all sit in a hex grid, do you actually need hex tiles?

So the next problem is making a hex grid! Back to square one...

Of course, whatever solution you reach, you'll want a couple of tables and the real game being played, so folk watching will see they can get it from a store.
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EYE of NiGHT wrote:
As long as the markers all sit in a hex grid, do you actually need hex tiles?

Of course, whatever solution you reach, you'll want a couple of tables and the real game being played, so folk watching will see they can get it from a store.


I think I would like a hex grid and the idea of the bits is to make it portable.

The taking up of the hexes I think is an important visual part of the game and leaving someone stranded would then be very effective.

Not sure I want the game being played on separate tables - when I am running a workshop I want everyone's attention (especially if it is with 15-17 year olds).

But I do take the game, so people can see what I have based it on. I did Incan Gold a couple of weeks ago - see session report http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/167474

I know this sold several games and I now have ten previous non gamers coming over in a couple of weeks to 'see what else I have got'.
 
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Re: A giant version of Hey That's My Fish (and others) - hel
Given that, roughly, a hex grid is made from a series of connected Y shapes, that might be a quick way of making it. If you had some form of rigid rods or laths that you could make into portable Ys, then connect the Ys at the location, you might be able to make it fairly easily.

Any, that's my tuppen'th.

Yeah, I was forgetting you're looking a workshop, I was thinking more in general.
 
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Re: A giant version of Hey That's My Fish (and others) - hel
One option, if you have a good floor surface and lots of prep time before the activity, is to cut a few hex templates from cardboard (one for each of your helpers) and use them to help you layout a hex grid on to the floor out of tape. Then you can place your "fish" markers into each hex that players can pick up as they go. The fish can of course be substituted with whatever you like.

This solution isn't nearly as visual as removable hexes. If it were me, I'd go to an office supply store and buy up their stock of bristol board/presentation board and cut out the hexes.

I do like the coroplast idea, but I think it's too permanent and expensive for what you intend, unless it is something you intend to do regularly.
 
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When we did a people-sized version of Devil Bunny Needs a Ham, we used making tape on vinyl tablecloth rolls for the board. It's a bit to lay out originally, but then it just rolls up for tranport and storage.

Alternatively, you could also mark it out on broadcloth.

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dkwd wrote:
When we did a people-sized version of Devil Bunny Needs a Ham, we used making tape on vinyl tablecloth rolls for the board. It's a bit to lay out originally, but then it just rolls up for tranport and storage.

Alternatively, you could also mark it out on broadcloth.

David


David, could you tell me more about this one please?

Email me if you like.

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Re: A giant version of Hey That's My Fish (and others) - hel
The main problem I see with this project is that there are A LOT of ice flows (squares) in Hey That's My Fish. This means a lot to cart around, and a fairly long set up time. Still, I think it's a great idea, but you'll want to use material that's a light as possible.

I would probably go with felt. You can buy it cheap in bulk, cut it to the sizes you want, and it will be fairly light weight even with all those squares. You could also use paper (if you're indoors, otherwise it would blow away) but felt would feel nicer on the feet. Maybe have a socks only rule so the felt/paper pieces don't get all dirty.
 
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duckweed wrote:
The main problem I see with this project is that there are A LOT of ice flows (squares) in Hey That's My Fish. This means a lot to cart around, and a fairly long set up time.


Felt, another good idea - I'll check it out.

I think there is about 60 hexes and they have to only be put out in lines with some 'fish' thrown on top so I am hoping the set up won't take too long (plus I'll have a crowd to help set up).
 
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Re: A giant version of Hey That's My Fish (and others) - hel
Well, our objectives were a bit different, but we found that frisbees made good ice flows and supported between 1 and 3 shot glasses very well
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FUNNY!

Good idea though, frisbees...might have access to 50+
 
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