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DIY Do It Yourself Chinese Checkers in 12 Easy Steps
A video of the diagrams I made...
Chinese Checkers became my favourite board game in my younger days. If I probably have one now, my enthusiasm and excitement will come rolling out again. Perhaps, I will purchase one and make it an additional collection of board games at home. But, if you have a way to follow the simple instructions on how to make your own Chinese Checkers and have the tools to go with it, then, why not make it a fun project? You will be proud of what you’ve created, saves you from a costly purchase and it will become a family board game that will be cherished generation after generation because of your personalized handy work and the sentimental value that comes with it.
One day, my pa made this Chinese Checker out of a thick cardboard and framed it with wood. I got hit with flashbacks when my pa and I used to play Chinese Checkers together. He had also taught me Dama and Chess, but I was fonder of Chinese Checkers. Now, I miss those days. Then one night I contacted him through Skype to tell me the steps on how he made his own project of a Chinese Checker board game.
Now, to get you started. Here is a list of simple tools you would need:
Tools & Materials
20”x20” (⅛” thick) flat board Melamine Backing (or any desired material)
½” thick x 1” width Ordinary Wood for frame
½” Hollow Punch (or ⅛” drill bit or automatic punch)
Compass and Divider
Long Rule over 20 inches, Triangle Ruler
Nails, Wood Glue, Hammer
6 Sets of Marbles (10 per set/6 different colours)
12 Easy Instructions
To start from scratch and put pride into your craftsmanship (omit using a board template)…
To make a 6-point star
- 1 Cut your desired flat material like the Melamine Backing to the size 20”x20”. If you want to use a wood board, at least ¾” thick would be appropriate.
- 2 Locate the center of your square board by making an X-mark corner to corner.
- 3 Set the compass to 9” radius at the center of the board making an 18” diameter.
- 4 Keep the same radius on your compass as when you drew that circle, and make 6-point marks around the circumference starting your first point on the top edge of the circle, or use a divider to neatly make 6 points set equally apart.
- 5 Draw a vertical line from the top point to the bottom point passing the center to make two large triangles (one upright, the other upside down) coming up with all 6 triangles.
To layout holes
- 6 From the tip point of the small triangle, draw a parallel line passing the center point to the opposite triangle, and finish the rest of the triangles the same way.
- 7 From the base corner point of a triangle (middle point between two triangles), draw a line passing the center point to the other opposite triangle’s corner point. There will be 3 lines to this step.
- 8 Using the divider again, from the tip of the triangle, make 3 points down; duplicate the point marks on the other side of the triangle (4 holes to each side). Now, add a point on the third line and 2 points on the fourth line, making sure the points are aligned. Finish the rest of the triangles the same way.
- 9 After all 6 triangles are with 10 point marks each; continue marking points in a straight alignment until the hexagon section of the star has 61 points equally distanced. The whole board will have a total of 121 holes.
- 10 Each point will mark the center of the mini circles and use a ½” hollow punch to make holes. You may use a power drill with ½” drill bit or automatic punch.
- 11 Make a ⅛” depth groove on ordinary wood frame to insert your square board. Glue and nail together.
- 12 Personalize your Chinese Checker Board with coloured triangles matching your marbles or a painted design on the surface and frame.
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How to Play
The goal is to win, of course and how do you accomplish this? Be quick with strategic moves to get ALL your marbles directly across the board. Players can be 2, 4, or 6.
- The players arrange their marbles on their home base triangles opposite each other.
- The group decides who should do the first move, then, the next player and so on.
- A player jumps marbles only one at a time over other marbles (either the player’s colour or the other players’ marbles) or into the next available hole.
- Using only one marble jump on each of the player’s turn, jumping can be made over adjacent spaces subsequently until there is no more way to jump
- A jump is made to any one of six directions into a single or multiple jumps as long as there is a space to jump, getting closer to the opposite base that is to be conquered. However, the player can choose to stop jumps at any time depending on the player’s strategies.
- Marbles are never removed from the board. A marble that reaches the opposite triangle must not be moved out of the triangle, but can be moved from within.
Tip: A sequence of long jumps will get to the opposite home base early. Either you can apply this to win, or double up your marbles which blocks or make it impossible for your opponent to make long jumps.
You have to be quick and clever with your moves preventing the other players to make a fast move in occupying other bases or your opponent to your base.
History of Chinese Checkers
Chinese Checkers is a game on a hexagonal formation (six edges) with a six-pointed star. Chinese Checkers did not originate in China. It was adapted from a “flat square” board game called Halma, invented by an American professor from Boston named Dr. George Howard Monks around 1883 or 1884. Halma was inspired from an English game called Hoppity. It was a mathematician named Dr. Thomas Hill who helped in the development of the game and named it Halma (the Greek word meaning ‘jump’).
Ravensburger, a German game company was the first to publish and patent in 1892 the Chinese Checker board game and named it Stern Halma. “Stern” is the English word for star.
Hop Ching Checkers, the first game board of Chinese Checkers was published in the United States in 1928 by J. Pressman & Co. Then, the Pressman brothers gave this checkers board game an oriental theme naming it “Chinese Checkers” in harmony with the oriental events like the introduction of “Mahjong” a table game of ‘tiles’ that originated in China in 1923.