What better way to celebrate your inner geek by making your own customized board games? Bonus: you never have to worry about someone confusing it for their own.
We’ll start this off by me saying something I’m sure many of you will find blasphemous: I hate Risk.
Not as much as I hate Axis and Allies. But close.
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Zach, on the other hand, loves Risk. So when Risk Legacy came out, he was way more excited than I was.
To be honest, Risk Legacy is probably the only Risk I would ever consider playing. Because is there anything cooler than having your own custom board? No. No there is not.
You know what else is coming out, though? Pandemic Legacy.
I love me some Pandemic. And I am SO PSYCHED about the Legacy version. October can’t get here fast enough, guys. Plus Castles of Mad King Ludwig is getting the “Secrets” expansion. Throw in my birthday (GUESS WHAT I WANT), my sister’s wedding, and the first time my husband and I will get to see our new niece and October is set up to be a pretty exciting month.
In the meantime, you know what I recently discovered? DIYing your own custom games. Lots of people are doing it in tons of cool ways! I gathered up some of my favorites to share with you all.
Keep in mind these are already existing games that people have bedazzled. Not games that people have designed from the ground up.
10 Customized Board Games
1. Make Your Own Gold Leaf Checkerboard from A Beautiful Mess
If you’re not a fan of traditional-looking checker/chess boards, painting a cheap one is a great solution.
2. DIY Darts from Lovely Indeed
OK, so Darts is not a board game. But these just looked so cool, I had to add them to the list. 😛
3. DIY Guess Who from Almost Makes Perfect
This looks so fun! But I get the feeling if someone on this board found it, they might not be so thrilled….
4. DIY Ombre Jenga from Lovely Indeed
How pretty! This is a great way to make Jenga look a little less boring. But you would also have to put the blocks away in a certain order, wouldn’t you? Beauty is hard work.
5. DIY Mounted Board Game Storage from Crafts Unleashed
One day, I want to have a basement we can turn into a game room…and all of our favorite games will be hanging up on the wall just like this. That would make be incredibly happy.
6. DIY Risk Coffee Table from Laughing Squid
This is actually from Reddit (which they link to), but I linked to Laughing Squid because they have more photos.
No matter how I feel about Risk, this is AWESOME.
On the topic of Risk….
7. Game of Thrones Risk Board from The Art of Fay Helfer
I was wrong earlier. I would ABSOLUTELY play on this Risk board. (This is actually supposed to be for the Game of Thrones board game. But I would also use it as a Risk board, because reasons.)
8. DIY Dart Board from Macgyverisms
Protect your wall using wine corks!
9. Custom Catan Board from Instructables
I’m not sure how to store this, but it’s so cool!
10. Refurbushed Carcassonne Box from Instructables
I keep buying expansions for Carcassonne and they’re not fitting in the box so well. This would be a great solution to that problem.
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