Re: Conversion of Scrabble Set and/or Indended Dice
I've been thinking it would be fun to see a contest on game using only readily available game parts. I saw on boardgame news a link to a site that had a book called The Boardgame Remix Kit from UK that had a pdf for custom rules for 4 easy to aquire games. They were Monopoly, Scrabble, Cluedo, & Trivial Pursuit. This only goes so far to change the basic rules to the game.
My thought would be to use maybe a list of about 10 or 20 easily available thriftstore games & write games using whatever components were available, like a thriftstore junky piecepack system, mixing & matching willy, nilly. There would be no printing except for the rules.
I guess this is too limiting for a designer but I think it would be fun.
I voted that I wouldn't participate, but I think in reality it would depend on the specifics of the contest and on whether an appropriate idea presented itself in time. I've definitely got the Scrabble bits around here.
Would you allow additional components as well? Labels, pawns, dice, that sort of thing? What about multiple Scrabble sets? (Say, for example, you need 150 tiles, or two of each letter, or 50 each of two colors of tiles.)
I have to say I also love Melody's idea of the thriftstore piecepack system. To the four games from the Boardgame Remix Kit, I'd want to add at least Battleship (for the pegs and the grids), Pachisi (for the sets of pawns and the dice - substitute Sorry plus Yahtzee if you like) and maybe Uno (for the numbered cards in colors that match your pawns.)
I think chess and/or checkers would have to be included. You'd also need some kind of easy terrain like settlers or risk (which has the added bonus of armies). I think trivial pursuit could be eliminated as it is indeed easy to find but I'm not too too sure of the component value. Of course a dice game like yahtzee or boggle or spill & spell. Another game that I see at on a somewhat regular basis is Zombies. It has indoor terrain & zombies.
There could of course be a limited amount of printing, say 2 pages or so.
The one thing Trivial Pursuit has going for it is the pie pieces. Conveniently, there are exactly six each of six different colors, with color-coordinated holders. Those seem readily adaptable to various tasks - resource allocation, progress tracking, etc. Unfortunately, they don't match your Uno cards and pawns. And the die, of course; chances are it matches the ones from your Monopoly, Clue, and Yahtzee sets.
Risk doesn't always have armies, but it's definitely worth adding for the map (and for the unit markers, some portion of which probably match your Uno cards.) Settlers is maybe a little non-mainstream for thrift-store junk, I think, though the terrain tiles could be fun to play with. Can't say I've ever seen Zombies anywhere around here.
Monopoly Deal and Scrabble Slam are starting to show up around here with some frequency. Both potentially coordinate nicely with their older siblings.
Does this mean you can cut them in half or that you can't?
It was mostly a joke misinterpretation of what you'd said. But yeah, with a cheap razor saw from Big Lots and the extruded aluminum miter box that tends to come with same, you should easily be able to cut a Scrabble rack in half without seriously endangering any digits, including the ones in your checking account. I wouldn't want to essay cutting all four into eighths or anything silly like that, but cutting them all in half wouldn't be horrible.
I made precut and sticky labels to fit Scrabble tiles as a pretest of WildWords. I also have a board that can be printed. I suppose I could drop them in the mail (USA addresses) and break even at about $5 per set. You would have to print your own board and the rules as a PDF file.
If there is some interest, I could set up a page to do it.
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I posted a thread on making counter sleds out of scrabble tile racks. You will need power tools (table saw) to make these, especially if you want to thin them down (old racks). I should have named the thread something cooler like Make tile sleds from scrabble tile racks.
You can also make a copy of Montage from a scrabble deluxe (one with the transparent overlay grid) and another set of tiles (or two sets of regular tiles and designate the deluxe tiles for another purpose).
You should also take all your tile racks out from scrabble and put them to use in games like Acquire which really could use them.
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