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I started to build a homemade version of the game Crusader Rex.

Probably posted the thread in the wrong (niche) forum, so to reach more people of interest, to encourage (AND to keep people from doing this, too much work!), I decided to post it here in the DIY forum also:

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Feel free to comment! (about boardgame piracy, tips, techniques..anything).

I've been a player/gamer since I can think, playing outside with friends as a child, videogames, boardgames, bedroom games...you name it, I play it.

In case of boardgames, I was restricted to eurogames mostly.
Wargames seemed interesting to me since the early days of my faithful C-64, but the crude graphics always kept me from playing them.
This does count for board-wargames as well, I'm really NOT into NATO-symbols!

I'm also not fond of looking at charts to see if I hit something, if my soldiers are getting tired, or how many of my man are stuck somewhere because of heavy morale-loss.

The games I started with were Wings of War: Watch Your Back!, and Memoir '44, great games, but they kept me thinking "Is that all there is?
So I bought:
A House Divided,
Alexander the Great,
Age of Napoleon,
Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42,
Conflict of Heroes: Price of Honour – Poland 1939.
These are also great, but now want to try a block-wargame.

A few of them managed to catch my interest:
- Hammer of the Scots
- Julius Caesar
- Napoleon: The Waterloo Campaign, 1815
- Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan
- Crusader Rex

Since the movie "Kingdom of Heaven" is one of my son's alltime favorites, the choice was an easy one: It had to be Crusader Rex.
Problem: Way too expensive to ship it to Germany!
(After I started this project, I found a cheaper alternative, but now it's too late to stop.)

Anyway, I decided to build one myself:

Searching the photo-section of Crusader Rex, I found this picture:


Absolutely gorgeous!
That was the map I wanted to have, but I realized I also needed the cards, stickers, and the blocks also.

So first thing I did, I ran to the local copy-shop, and had the map printed out on canvas (105cm x 56cm).
The result is absolutely marvellous:



The material is flexible and sturdy, it lays flat enough on the table to move the blocks.

Next step: making the blocks.

Bought some beechwood 25mm x 25mm x 95cm:



Sawed it into pieces (15mm thick, didn't want the blocks to fall over.):



Sanded the corners (63 times 4), drilled small holes in the "middle":



Took a wooden plate, drilled holes in it:



Inserted rivets:



Watching paint dry #1:



Watching paint dry #2:



This is what it looks like now:



The blocks will be sanded again, and then painted (again).
I'm not sure if I'll sand the sides also, what do you people think?

(The one on the left, or the version on the right?)



I noticed some sheets for the stickers also,

Decided to use these:



Also saw these:



These are very nice, but most of them are in polish:



I could have ordered a label-sheet from CG, for $10,- wow

Didn't like the original map, and this version by
Mark Mahaffey
wasn't available in a high resolution:



I'm somewhere halfway now, and one thing is already crystal clear:
This will probably be the last time I'm making the blocks myself!
But I've put so much work into them now, it would be a mistake to trow 'em away and order new ones.

PERSEVERANCE is the word.

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Update: January 14, 2012
Painted each block twice, printed the countersheet, cut everything out with a sharp (new) blade for a stanley-knife, and glued the paper pieces onto the blocks.
This is how they look now:





The assassins are still drying, will be finished soon.

Meanwhile I got into some kind of shock when I found out about this map:


I like it even more than the one I have, although there's one spelling error, and one City's name is missing.

At the moment I'm considering the making of a wooden box for this game, with metal hinges and corners.
Didn't find any good ones yet, if someone has any tips, pleas GM me.

Update: January 23rd 2011, Contacted Lin Lin, who created the beautiful map, now waiting for a revised version.

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............To be continued...........................

edit: typo



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That looks awesome; I wish I could find the time to do something like this myself!

I don't care what anybody else says, the quality of components can only add to the experience.

Coenst wrote:
(The one on the left, or the version on the right?)



The one on the left appeals to me more; it just seems more aesthetically pleasing. It's probably a combination of the sheen, the rounded corners and the smoothness.
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fellonmyhead wrote:


The one on the left appeals to me more; it just seems more aesthetically pleasing. It's probably a combination of the sheen, the rounded corners and the smoothness.


Advice taken, working on it.
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You might want to add your project (either the game per so or this thread) as an item to the geeklist What Print 'n Play Games are you crafting or planning on crafting this month? January 2012, and tell about your progress there, too
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schattentanz wrote:
You might want to add your project (either the game per so or this thread) as an item to the geeklist What Print 'n Play Games are you crafting or planning on crafting this month? January 2012, and tell about your progress there, too


I could, but isn't the title "What Print 'n Play Games are you crafting or planning on crafting this month? January 2012?

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Coenst wrote:
(The one on the left, or the version on the right?)



I also like the one of the left. I think if you have this much put into the game go that one more step and make everything the best it can be.
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Coenst wrote:
schattentanz wrote:
You might want to add your project (either the game per so or this thread) as an item to the geeklist What Print 'n Play Games are you crafting or planning on crafting this month? January 2012, and tell about your progress there, too


I could, but isn't the title "What Print 'n Play Games are you crafting or planning on crafting this month? January 2012?



Yes it is but it's about home made crafted games as whole it'd be fine in there. You'll give tips to people by posting there.
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thoia wrote:

Yes it is but it's about home made crafted games as whole it'd be fine in there. You'll give tips to people by posting there.


Done!

Item for Geeklist "What Print 'n Play Games are you crafting or planning on crafting this month? January 2012"

The green blocks have already been done (2nd time) like the one on the left, not sanded as much, but more of something in between the two on the photo.
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I have to pause this project for a while, first of all I'm waiting for a revised version of the map from Lin Lin, which I want to have printed slightly oversized.
(bigger than the one I already have).

Second, I'm still looking for a suitable wooden case.
I'm Probably going to build that myself.
(Any tips are welcome).
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Those maps are incredible. Just beautiful.

What are the dimensions of the map you had printed out? And how big is the one Lin Lin is making for you?

I hope your son appreciates all the work you're putting in to this game!
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fivecats wrote:
Those maps are incredible. Just beautiful.

What are the dimensions of the map you had printed out? And how big is the one Lin Lin is making for you?

I thought I mentioned that before (yes I did), the map is 105cm x 56cm, but if Lin Lin's map is finished, it'll be slightly larger. (Have to talk to the people from the local printshop)

fivecats wrote:
I hope your son appreciates all the work you're putting in to this game!

No he doesn't, he prefers to play Skyrim and Empire-Total war instead, and doesn't understand why his father's putting too much time into boardgames. shake
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Sorry -- I need to do a more careful double-checking! blush

Please post an image of the new map with your pieces in play. You've done some very impressive work (even if your son doesn't think so).
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This project is truly an inspiration. I'm thinking about upgrading my 1st edition Crusader Rex game to the 2nd edition and was wondering if I should buy an upgrade kit or simply do it myself. Seeing your pimped out version makes me want to go the same route.

Did you ever finish the project? Have you played it with your son?
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I've never finished it, it's still waiting for a (wooden) box to be made. blush

I've been thinking of ways to solve the problem of inserting the map into the box, since it's printed on canvas, so I cannot fold it.
If someone has made a foldable map before, please contact me.


I really wanted to have this map:



I received a (kind of) revised version, without the spelling error, but the city in the lower-right corner (Zoar) is still missing.

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I've tried to contact Lin Lin a few times, but had no luck yet.

So if someone knows wich lettertype/font has been used on that map, please let me know!
I'd also like to send the (half) revised map, if someone could finish it for me.

(And no, I didn't play it with my son, neither did we play Julius Caesar, wich I bought a few months ago.)

 
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You'll only hate me for a month or so.
Next time sand the corners before you cut the slices.


Looks wonderful - thanks for sharing.
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Pinook wrote:
You'll only hate me for a month or so.
Next time sand the corners before you cut the slices.




I've been thinking about that, but suspected the blocks to be not equally sanded, if I'd have done the corners first, and then every single block again.


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Coenst wrote:

So if someone knows wich lettertype/font has been used on that map, please let me know!


I tried http://www.myfonts.com/WhatTheFont/ and got several results that are all some version of "Bible Script".

Sample: http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/itc/bible-script/?t=Allepo
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Thanks, just found some free versions of it. thumbsup

Let's see what I can do with it.

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