Homemade Risk board game

Check Out This Handcrafted Homemade Risk Board

IMG_3576When it comes to board games, I admit that I’m not exactly an aficionado. The list of board games I actually enjoy playing goes something like this: Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit, Cranium. That’s the list. While I may not be huge on the games themselves, I do get excited when game boards employ maps of real places, which is why Risk has always intrigued me even though I probably couldn’t be bothered to play it at gunpoint. A couple of months ago, I learned that my friend Jordan Barlow had not only handcrafted a super-sized, 3D-relief Risk game board out of wood back in his college days (perhaps unsurprisingly, he’s a carpenter by trade) but still had the board, I had to know more. Sure enough, when Jordan sent me a picture of the table-sized board, I was immediately impressed.

Rather than explain the board myself, I’ll let Jordan explain it to you in his own words and pictures (Note: I’m not the particular Kyle he’s referencing in this story. Also, bes sure to click on the images to expand them to full size).

IMG_3578In high school a group of friends used to play Risk almost every weekend. This continued on into our Selkirk College days. Usually we played at my house and things could get pretty heated. One particular instance comes to mind. My friend Kyle was having a pretty poor showing and wanted to quit mid game and go home as he had something to do early the next morning. We had lots of modified rules, but the main rule was that no one could ever abandon a game no matter how perilous their campaign was. Well Kyle eventually lost patience and decided to bolt and make a run for it. His plan was to jump over the couch and head to the stairs.IMG_3580 Well it almost worked, but as he was leaping over the couch my friend Darren managed to catch his leg just enough to cause Kyle to lose control. Kyle stumbled over the couch, his momentum carrying him forward and crashed hip first into the wall, leaving an 18″ diameter hole in the drywall. Everyone was dead silent as they all looked at me to see my reaction. I remained still for a few seconds and then started laughing uncontrollably. Everyone else joined in except for Kyle as he had developed a healthy fear of my father. After minutes of trying to pull ourselves together we made Kyle stay and finish the game.

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  • For 2-5 players
  • Takes up to 4 hours to play
  • Strategic board game
  • Tons of replay value
  • Sci-fi theme

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FAQ

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What is the best wii balance board game?

I'm getting the wii fit thing with the balance board but i want 2 know the best wii balance board game for a 12 year old boy

I have the We Ski and that is a really fun game. Skate It is supposed to be a great game for skateboarders. Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip is also another highly rated game. For the complete list of wii fit balance board compatible games you can check out That site also has info about Wii Skins (protective covers that come in really cool designs for Wii accessories). A 12 year old boy would probably get a kick out of some of the designs.

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What is the best game for the wii balance board?

I was thinking of getting Skate It of Shawn White Snowboarding, are there any other cooler wii balance board games?

Here is a list of available games that utilize the balance board in some way. Hopefully, you will be able to find one that interests you. Also, there are several slated for March release that are not on this list.
1. Wii Fit - (Released May 21, 2008)
2. Shaun White Snowboarding: Road Trip - (Released Nov 16, 2008)
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4. We Ski - (Released May 13, 2008)
5. Jillian Michaels' Fitness Ultimatum 2009 - (Released Oct 28, 2008)
6. Skate It - (Released Nov 19, 2008)
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