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Robert Dabicci
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So I'm just looking for some ideas from the gamer world. My aunt brought a yardzee game to a cookout today which is just yahtzee but with large wooden dice made out of a cut up 4x4 and a laminated score sheet for dry-erase scoring all in a handy bucket for storage and rolling dice.

So that got me thinking. What fun hobby games could be enlarged and played in the backyard.

My first thought thanks to the yahtzee mechanic was King of Tokyo. Really there aren't that many components. Cards could be made out of full size laminated sheets of paper (though wind could pose a problem). Not sure if it would really work once I start considering character standees and health trackers but it could probably be done.

My next thought was a game called Qwixx. That game would be as easy as Yahtzee to make.

So what games do you think could be enlarged and played in the backyard.
(I know things like giant chess and giant catan exist but I'm trying to focus on things that could be made affordably)

Edit: I've also considered the following games, but I'm really looking more for a hobby game adaptation than an already mainstream game.
Checkers, chess, twister, scrabble, jenga.
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There's an inflatable Pass the Pigs game.
Just sayin.

You literally blow it up.
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Cut a large-scale Animal Upon Animal set out of styrofoam blocks to make them easy to lift, or build hollow ones out of plywood.
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They had a big version of King of Tokyo at Origins a couple of years ago. I also saw a big version of Catan there.
 
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Fuse - using firecrackers with a long fuse...hurry!
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bwingrave wrote:
They had a big version of King of Tokyo at Origins a couple of years ago. I also saw a big version of Catan there.


In the 90s, there was a big Robo Rally game at Origins. I think it used interlocking floor mats with painted features.
 
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I have seen a life size Tsuro at Gen Con a few years back.

I imagine that it'd be possible to recreate those tiles in a larger format to play in the backyard. The game and rules are rather simple and game play is quick, with the players as the playing pieces in the game.
 
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rdabicci wrote:
My first thought thanks to the yahtzee mechanic was King of Tokyo. Really there aren't that many components. Cards could be made out of full size laminated sheets of paper (though wind could pose a problem). Not sure if it would really work once I start considering character standees and health trackers but it could probably be done.


Proper backyard King of Tokyo means giant lizard and alien costumes for all players and oversized props for the ability cards. Wings card is actual wings attached on the back, and extra head is a monster head you stick on one shoulder
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Cadae wrote:
rdabicci wrote:
My first thought thanks to the yahtzee mechanic was King of Tokyo. Really there aren't that many components. Cards could be made out of full size laminated sheets of paper (though wind could pose a problem). Not sure if it would really work once I start considering character standees and health trackers but it could probably be done.


Proper backyard King of Tokyo means giant lizard and alien costumes for all players and oversized props for the ability cards. Wings card is actual wings attached on the back, and extra head is a monster head you stick on one shoulder


I love you this idea so much.
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I thought of oversized can't stop using tiles and little soccer traffic cones...
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It might be possible to create tiles for Forbidden Island,

and Forbidden Desert

I also think it would be fun to do Unnamed Object this way.

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Lifesize Santorini might be possible. Gordon Hamilton has a small version for kids with styrofoam blocks that he included in a video he made about the game. But maybe something from a place like www.foamtiles.com could be used instead of blocks.
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There was a human sized Deep Sea Adventure at UKGE I believe.
 
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It's just big hexagons with pictures of bugs on them that you bend over and pick up and move

Apparently in Canada they play a life size version of Crokinole on ice with curling stones
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Cadae wrote:
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It's just big hexagons with pictures of bugs on them that you bend over and pick up and move

Apparently in Canada they play a life size version of Crokinole on ice with curling stones



Yes, though probably not something your average gamer can make in his/her back yard.


https://boardgamegeek.com/article/24904044#24904044

Hive is a good choice.

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Jenga made out of 2x4s is a pretty easy project for someone unskilled in woodworking.
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jumbit wrote:
Jenga made out of 2x4s is a pretty easy project for someone unskilled in woodworking.


wow
Hard hat and steel-toed boots optional.

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jumbit wrote:
Jenga made out of 2x4s is a pretty easy project for someone unskilled in woodworking.

4x4s, I should think.
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Medina (second edition) would be cool
 
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TVis wrote:
jumbit wrote:
Jenga made out of 2x4s is a pretty easy project for someone unskilled in woodworking.

4x4s, I should think.


Jenga pieces are oblong, not square.
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When I was in college a friend of mine made giant Dutch Blitz cards. You played in teams of two. One person to flip the cards and one person to run them out to the piles.
 
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I know that people have made large Looney Pyramids (easy to replicate with large, sturdy cardboard), that you can then e.g. play a game like Homeworlds with -- it doesn't need a board.
But of course you can draw a provisional board with chalk on pavement, too, any board for any of the Looney Pyramid games.
 
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There are pictures on the internet somewhere of a backyard Unexploded Cow, but boy did they ever put a lot of work into enlarging that (big deck of cards, big die, even a bunch of cute inflatable cows)!
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TVis wrote:
jumbit wrote:
Jenga made out of 2x4s is a pretty easy project for someone unskilled in woodworking.

4x4s, I should think.
I know I'm nerding out, but 2x3 (actual dimensions 1.5" x 2.5") lumber cut to lengths of 7.5 inches is almost perfectly scaled to Jenga blocks.

Pete (is still an engineer, after all)
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