Epic (Nature) Game Board

Hopefully you’ve all checked out my how-to and made your own Epic Game Board, kicking your game up to 11.  That post instructed how to make the simple $10 option, using paint and poster board.  I recently made myself a new board for about $40, taking advantage of Michael’s Christmas decor and a half price poster frame.  Here’s what I made and how you can do it too.Image

You will need:

A frame.  I got mine at Michael’s for $15.  It measures 24″ x 36″, a good size game board.  Often you can find a cheaper option at thrift stores, but try to find a frame with plexiglass.

2x Moss matt.  Also at Michael’s, it’s meant for Christmas villages.  Half off at $6.50 each.  As a side note, this Christmas village section is a wonderland of scaled D&D terrain.  I found a pack of 24 trees for $10, a picket fence for $2, cobblestone roads, hedges, lakes… ’tis the season to shop for D&D terrain.

Spray adhesive.  I got mine at Home Depot for $10.  You could probably use glue, but I had this stuff already and it made this project a breeze.

Metallic Silver Sharpie.  Michael’s, $2.  You might think, why silver?  Because a black dry erase marker shows nicely on top of it.

Yard stick.  Really, get it anywhere.  Should cost you a couple bucks, no more.

The process:

Flip your frame on it’s face and take the back off.  Keep the frame face down.  Using the yard stick, place dots around the edges in 1″ increments on the back side of the plexiglass.  Align the yard stick with the dots and draw straight lines, eventually creating a grid.  I’ve found when drawing the 24″ lines, it’s best to use some sort of straight edge cut to 24″ so it fits inside the frame.  Go slowly for thick lines, quickly for thin.  I like the thick lines.  Imperfections in your lines are surprisingly unnoticeable once your grid is complete.

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Now that your grid is done, set it aside and grab the backing of the frame.  Place it face up on the table, and open up your moss flooring.  Notice the crumbs/flocking that falls everywhere out of the package.  Each sheet is 18″ x 39″.  Two sheets will give you the needed 36″ with an excess 15″.  Lay it out to get an idea of how it will fit.  The frame will cover the outer edges, so if it doesn’t quite fit perfectly, no big deal.  Spray the adhesive on half the backing and place a moss sheet down then smooth it out.  Get all the wrinkles and creases out now, you have about a minute before the adhesive dries completely.  Placing the second half requires a little more finess, just try to eliminate the seam in the middle where the two halves meet as much as possible.  Pretty simple right?  Almost done.  Cut off the excess using a knife and admire your work.  Now, notice the seam and all the tiny little areas where you can see the net backing peeking through the moss.  Take your knife and scrape the excess moss sheets to remove the flocking, making quite the mess.  Gather the moss flocking into a pile and don’t smoke it, even if it looks tempting.  Spray the adhesive on the seam and all the little imperfections, then sprinkle them with flocking.  Spread it over the adhesive and press it into place, rendering those imperfections unseen.

Place it all back together and you’re done!

18 inch sheet seam cut excess visible backing gather flocking up close

This Epic Game Board is perfect for use in all nature environments.  Completely dry-eraseable, it’s durable, measures a gargantuan 24″x36″, the frame holds dice, terrain stands easily on it, sticky tack is easily applied and easily removed, not to mention it looks AWESOME!  What do you think?

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About j0nny_5

Mid-thirties and work a full-time job in beautiful northern Colorado. In my free time I play D&D, video games, and walk my two beautiful Bouvier des Flandres.
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One Response to Epic (Nature) Game Board

  1. boccobsblog says:

    Looks great and a even simpler than the last one! Nice job.

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