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Project by 3F_Workshop posted 01-15-2016 08:42 PM 886 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife loves Africa – has been there several times. For Christmas we were making games for our family members so I decided to make one for her. We love playing Settlers of Catan so I took that to another level and decided to make a “Settlers of Africa” game.

I designed a game board and used a CNC machine to have it cut. Staining and attaching a cleat to the back (it was bowing slightly) finished it off. I then worked on designing all the game cards and the other pieces. And I got my sister to help by painting the hexagon tiles.

I’m pretty happy with how this turned out and my wife was really surprised by it as well! So I’d say that was a success. Hope you all enjoy looking at the game.

-- Nathan





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tyvekboy

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#1 posted 01-15-2016 09:50 PM

That’s very interesting. Painting the hexagon tiles seems a little tedious. I would have printed the design out on Crack-N-Peel paper and stick them on … since you already designed the cards.

Now the big questions. How is it played? I haven’t googled it yet.

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#2 posted 01-16-2016 07:14 AM

That is an eye catching game board!
How is the game played?

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#3 posted 01-16-2016 04:12 PM

I like how the tiles are slightly raised to hold the roads in place. How does the new shape affect the dynamics of the game?

-- Ray

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#4 posted 01-16-2016 06:21 PM

Looks fantastic! What did you use to print the cards?

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#5 posted 01-17-2016 04:41 AM

Looks wonderful, very creative

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 01-18-2016 04:39 PM

Thanks everyone!

The basic idea of the game is to build cities/settlements on the points of the hexagons. You collect resources based on which number is rolled and if you have a city/settlement next to that hexagon. And then you use those resources to build roads to other areas so you can expand and keep collecting. And you can also buy other “development cards” which can give you extra points or other modifications to the game play. In the end you win if you get to 10 points first!


That s very interesting. Painting the hexagon tiles seems a little tedious. I would have printed the design out on Crack-N-Peel paper and stick them on … since you already designed the cards.

Now the big questions. How is it played? I haven t googled it yet.

- tyvekboy

Painting the hexagon tiles was tedious. But fortunately my sister is an artist and she did that as her gift to my wife. So it worked out! If I was going to make more I’d definitely find a quicker and easier way of doing production on all the hexagon tiles.


Looks fantastic! What did you use to print the cards?

- EMHopper

I used The Game Crafter (https://www.thegamecrafter.com/) to print up the cards. Not top of the line but they are fairly good quality and should last for awhile. And a LOT cheaper than other options I looked into as well as being really easy.


I like how the tiles are slightly raised to hold the roads in place. How does the new shape affect the dynamics of the game?

- LJRay

Thanks! Anyone who has played the normal game will know the frustration with keeping the hexagon tiles all aligned properly since they don’t sit in anything. So I wanted this game board to be more stable and the tiles don’t move at all! And there is plenty of room in between them for the roads.

The idea was that the hexagon tiles would sit flush but most are all raised up a little bit (and some are a bit lopsided) but I think that is better since it’s easier to remove the tiles from the game when you are done.

We played once already and the game play was pretty much the same. It’s just a bigger and more spread out board so it can handle more players. What we need to experiment with is fewer numbers of players. So if we only have 3-4 then it’s a HUGE board so we will probably need to increase the number of points needed to win or something. But that will all get worked out as we play and experiment!

Thanks again!!!

-- Nathan

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#7 posted 01-19-2016 05:46 AM

wow, very cool game you’ve created!

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