How to Make Yu-Gi-Oh! Play Mats

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When playing the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game, use a play mat to arrange the cards in your deck. The play mat contains card-sized rectangles for several areas, including a "Deck Zone, Graveyard" and "Monster" card zone. When playing the game, you place active monsters and spells in the appropriate zones and move defeated monsters into the Graveyard. If you lack an appropriate "Yu-Gi-Oh!" mat, create one using poster board and markers.

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Things you need

  • Thick poster board
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! cards
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Pencil

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  1. 1

    Place the poster board on a table, shiny side facing down.

  2. 2

    Place a row of seven Yu-Gi-Oh! cards on the poster. The cards should be just below the top of the poster and should be spaced so that they do not touch. The exact spacing of the cards is subjective, but most boards typically place each card between a quarter-inch and half-inch apart.

  3. 3

    Trace the outline of each card using a pencil

  4. 4

    Move the cards down to form a second row. The second should be about a half-inch to 1 inch below the first row. Trace the cards in the second row with your pencil.

  5. 5

    Write the word "Graveyard" in the middle of the top right rectangle. Write "Field Spell Zone" in the top left rectangle. Write "Monster Card Zone" in each of the five empty rectangles of the top row. Move to the bottom row and write "Deck Zone" in the bottom right rectangle. Write "Fusion Deck Zone" in the bottom left rectangle and write "Spell and Trap Zone" in each of the five empty rectangles of the second row.

  6. 6

    Outline the words and rectangles using a marker. Colour the rectangles using crayons, markers or coloured pencils, if desired. Colour the "Field Spell Zone" card green, the "Monster Card Zone" dark red, the "Graveyard" grey, the "Fusion Deck Zone" pink, the "Spell and Trap Zone" blue-green and the "Deck Zone" orange.

  7. 7

    Draw a rectangle around the rows using a pencil. The rectangle should extend beyond the bottom row. When finished, the rectangle should contain an empty space at the bottom. It should not contain extra space on the right or left side.

  8. 8

    Cut out the poster using the scissors. Write Yu-Gi-Oh! along the bottom of the poster.

Tips and warnings

  • For straighter lines, use a ruler when drawing rectangles.

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