Upcycle Final Report: Board Game

I love most kind of games and I’m addicted to any kind of board game. I started playing board games since I was 3 years old. I play with my friends, siblings, my parents, and my husband. I’m competitive in a good way ( I guess ) and it helped me to be creative. I learned Jakaroo about a year ago and It’s one of the best games I’ve ever played. I tried to buy it but I couldn’t find it here in the US. I decided to make one and give it to my family because I know how much they enjoy this game. 

Top Platform
Bottom Platform

Here are the CAD designs I made for the Board Game using SoildWorks.

I decided to go with acrylic instead of wood because it’s lighter and it will take less time in the laser cutter.

Laser Cutter

It took the laser cutter approximately 5 minutes for the top platform and two minutes for the bottom one.

Finishing with spray paints

I decided to go with the blue to get the sky/space color.

Crescent CAD model
Palm CAD model

For the aesthetic of my design, I decided to use the scrap I have left to do a crescent as my family name. I also did the Saudi Arabia emblem that represents the vitality, growth, and justice. I used the laser cutter again to be able to use these to paint them on the back of the board game.

Final design on the back side
Final Design on the front side

I enjoyed doing this board game and I won’t give it up. As for future updates, I will round the edges and I will add to the aesthetic. I have some leftover material that I’m going to use in my main project later in the semester.

Presentation Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/0tPE1dGNEAA

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I think this is awesome. As someone who loves playing board games with my family, this is definitely something I’d buy to play with my family! Awesome job! This is very neat!

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I really liked how your inspiration for your project was your family. This gave it a lot of meaning and you even used your background to add an aesthetic to the back. Awesome!

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I really want to play your game! I thought it was cool how you spray painted it blue. Perhaps I will spray paint my project.

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I like your inspiration process with your family. That values the work with more meaning.

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Hadeel Al Gallaf
February 13, 2019 1:34 pm

I really enjoyed seeing the process you took to make this project. It’s functional, personal and fun to have. Its also gift that you can share with your family and siblings. I would have liked to see more aesthetic elements on the front of the board too. Maybe extend the sky and crescent aesthetic by adding stars? Have you also considered raster cut the shapes on the back rather than spray paint? That would make it sleeker and flushed with the design. Good job!

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Great job connecting the project to your heritage and family! I think it turned out great, and your siblings will love it! I look forward to seeing your final project as well.

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Joshua Engmorris
February 13, 2019 1:26 pm

I like the way your board game came out and the meaning behind it for your family. Also your use of laser cutting was very cool and was an interesting way to make a stencil for the back design. Do you have any plans to add graphics to the front of the board?

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I like that you spoke about your various ideas – wood instead of acrylic. I also enjoyed hearing about your origins and your family crest that you ended up putting on the back. This project seemed very personal, and I wish I could play!!

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Christopher Seighman
February 13, 2019 1:24 pm

I really liked how you incorporated your family into the aesthetic of the board game and how much symbolism it brought. It really looks great!

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