|Project by Junji||posted 1427 days ago||1694 views||6 times favorited||23 comments|
It has been a while but this was another gift for my son’s seventh birthday.
It’s called “Rittai yonmoku narabe” (立体４目並べ) which means Three-dimensional “four stones in a row”.
I think many of you know a game “Tic-tac-toe”, “three stones in a row”. And we also have “five stones in a row” using GO board, just like a chess board, and black and white stones.
And this one is another version of this kind. Only 4 balls but four dimension, so either black or white (or brown) who gets 4 balls in a row wins. But any row, a horizontal, vertical, diagonal, down, across, or even “Down and diagonal”.
There are product just like this, but I wanted to make it myself. The game is really really fun even for adults, once you start it, you have to be really careful because sometimes you get a line without knowing at all.
To make them, pretty much easy except for the 64 balls. I bought the wooden balls at 100 yen shop. (They sell 16 balls = 100 yen, good deal) Opened a center hole each using a little jig and a drill press. Then after that I wondered how to make half of them dark… Then one idea came across, “Burn Them!!!” (because I didn’t have any dark finishing oil…) Well, they came out OK, but I guess it was much better using really dark oil, because it took so long to take the soot or charcoal, whatever where it burned too much. Since they are small balls (30mm), not easy to hold with your hand, but I had to clean up with paper so long…
Well, my son is also happy about this game, but at the same time, this has been bringing a good bar time for me and my wife.
-- Junji Sugita from Japan, http://tetra.blog12.fc2.com/