Monday, February 17, 2014

Personalized Cluedo (Clue) DIY

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With the birthday of one of my best friends coming up, I wanted to do something very original and creative. I had lots of abstract ideas but nothing would seem just what I wanted. Then suddenly I had myself an Aha!-experience: I was going to make a personalized game of Cluedo (or Clue as they call it in North America)! It turned out to be an awesome gift so I thought I'd share it with you.
No shame: I called it 'The Awesomeness Edition'

The idea
First off, choose six names (yourself, the birthday boy or girl and four other friends), these are the players and murder suspects. Also, pick a murder victim. I chose Ryan Gosling to play the victim of a fierce crime of passion (the girls I made it for loved this!).

Once you've got this sorted out, you can start making the board and cards. I found this to be rather time consuming, but the work was fun nevertheless.

The board
I went online and googled for an image of a standard cluedo board. Make sure you search for an image large enough to cover an entire board (20x20 inch or 50x50 cm). Open it up in Photoshop (or any other image editing software) and change the names of the rooms, the characters and the logo in the middle. This is what mine looked like at that point:
Print this out on self adhesive foil or paper and stick it on a piece of cardboard or an actual old board of another game.

The cards
There are 3 different sorts of cards used in this game: the suspects, the weapons and the rooms.

  1. The suspects (6): the original suspects are Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard, Mrs. White, Mr Green, Mrs. Peacock and Professor Plum. But move over, these are now you and your friends!
  2. The rooms (9): keep the standard ones (kitchen, conservatory, dining room, billiard room, library, hall, lounge, ball room and study) or invent your own.
  3. The weapons (6): a candle stick, a dagger, a lead pipe, a revolver, a rope and a wrench are the standard weapons in a Cluedo game. However I chose to change these into more fitting items for my friends: a cocktail glass, a bowling ball, a hair dryer, a candle stick (kept that one), a civil code and an umbrella. 
example of a room card: front and back

The actual weapons
The six weapons, choose them wisely, because you've got to be able to find or make them! That is because the game requires that the actual weapons lay around on the board during the game so that players can move them to a room when they want to make a suggestion. I mostly found my weapons in the box of LEGO® I still had. The key here is: be creative, but don't make this too hard.
the cards and their respective weapons 

The murder envelope
Design a murder envelope. This is where, at the beginning of the game, three cards - one suspect, one weapon, and one room card - are collected. These cards represent the facts of the case.

Detective notes
These are pieces of paper every player is given at the start of the game. Every suspect, room and weapon is listed and the player can check off any possibilities. These notes are simple to make in Office Word. Hint: make a ton of detective notes, because every time you've played, these are thrown away. 

A how-to-play manual
I also added a manual that stated all the playing rules. This was important because neither of us had ever played Cluedo before. And even if you have, what kind of board game doesn't have a manual of some sort? I made it look like an old newspaper that covered the story of the brutal murder of Ryan Gosling.

The box
This is the final step: design a box to store all this! Here's what I made:
The magnifying glass says: "Who killed Ryan Gosling? Where? And with what?"

And that's that! I've worked on this for 4 or 5 days, so it's a lot of work, but very fun to be doing. We've played it a few times already and it made some great evenings with friends!

Enjoy the game and don't hesitate to leave a comment!

Love, Laetitia

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  1. That's such a fun idea!
    I especially love the inclusion of Ryan Gosling!

  2. I love the idea! Thanks for showing this!