Homemade sequence board game

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Homemade sequence board game
People playing a game (Dave & Les Jacobs/Blend Images/Getty Images)

Sequence is a game in which players or teams compete to get one or two series of five markers of their own colour in a row. A commercial version of the Sequence game was created in 1982 and published by Jax, Ltd. You can create your own version of this board game that uses two decks of playing cards, markers and a homemade game board.

Create the grid

Sequence uses a grid; the size of the grid can be changed, but 8 rows of 12 spaces each is a good option to use when making your first homemade Sequence board game and is similar to the commercial version. To create the board, purchase a piece of poster board. Each space should be a 25 mm squared (1 inch square) that is clearly visible to all the players in the game. Thus, the poster board must be a minimum of 200 by 305 mm (8 by 12 inches). To include some space for playing the game, make the make the board 305 by 405 to 510 mm (12 by 16 to 20 inches) and add the Sequence name in space on each side of the game board. You can use markers or purchase lettering from a craft store to create a more finished effect.

To create the grid of one-inch boxes, you will need to draw 13 lines for the 12 columns. Repeat this measurement for the rows, drawing lines one inch apart as well. You will need a total of nine lines for the eight rows. This will result in a grid of 96 spaces.

To make the board similar to the commercial version, create a grid that is 10 squares by 10 squares. Make each of the four corners a "free" spot, which will result in 96 open spaces for card play.

Labelling the spaces

Take two standard 52-card playing decks, remove all of the jacks from both decks and shuffle the decks together. You will then have a total of 96 playing cards. Flip over one playing card at a time and label the next empty space with that card on it. To symbolise cards, use numbers (or letters for the face cards) and the first letter of each suit to represent the suit. For example, the 8 of clubs would be written as 8C and the ace of hearts would be AH. Fill the spaces in moving from the top left space to the right, and move down row by row as each row is filled. For effect, you can alternate marker colours, using a red marker for diamonds and hearts and a black marker for clubs and spades. At the end, you will have used exactly 96 cards to fill in the 96 spaces on the playing deck. No Jacks are included on the playing board as these are wild cards in Sequence.

Creating markers

Each player will need their own coloured chips to mark their spaces on the Sequence gameboard. You can use coins by collecting at least 48 of each coin and placing them in a bag with your homemade Sequence gameboard. Another option is to use small poker chips that are less than one inch in diameter.You will need at least 48 of four different colours. You can also create small disks or squares that are smaller than the spaces (i.e., less than one inch) and colour them with four different coloured markers. Provide 48 of each for two-players games; in a four-player game each player would only need 24 pieces.

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