Shut the box

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Project by don1960 posted 01-20-2013 09:38 PM 2812 views 19 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Saw this game somewhere recently, and I see that many of my fellow jocks have made these. This one was put together in less than an hour out of scrap laying around as I was trying to get it done to take to a birthday party.

Definitely not a showpiece, but holy cow was it popular! I hadn’t heard of this game a week ago, and now I have 15 people hounding me to make them one. Sheesh!

Took it to work the next day and heard “nice drinking game”. Kind of lets you know the crowd I work with :-)

The first round we played at my daughter’s birthday party (shes’ 28yo) was won by my 7 year old granddaughter by humiliating all of us by knocking all the tiles down, the 12 on her last roll. (I had a score in the 50’s that time)

Now I have to find a way to mass produce these. (and make them look a lot better)

-- -- Don from PA

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#1 posted 01-20-2013 09:56 PM

Looks like a great game to take camping. What are the rules?

-- Janiece

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#2 posted 01-20-2013 10:02 PM

Rules from Wikipedia:

At the start of the game all levers or tiles are cleared, showing all the numerals 1 through 12. On a player’s turn, they roll the pair of dice and then cover or “shut” certain numbers that equal the total of their dice roll. For example, a roll totaling 5 allows the player to shut either 1 and 4, 2 and 3, or just 5.

The player then rolls the dice again, aiming to shut out more numbers. This continues until the player cannot shut any available numbers, at which point they score one point per number covered. If the player manages to cover all the numbers in the game, they have “Shut the Box”. Otherwise play passes to the next player, and after everyone takes a set number of turns the highest score wins.

We adjusted this to make it more interesting and allow teaching math to the younger ones a little more. It works the same way, except the player counts the numbers left on the the tiles still standing and the winner is the one with the LOWEST score. I think it makes it more fun. For example, in the picture, the score would be 34.

-- -- Don from PA

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#3 posted 01-21-2013 12:00 AM

I have also played this game but it was called flip out. Its a agreat game for kids to learn math on and easy to build too.

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#4 posted 01-21-2013 02:58 AM

Looks like fun! Not bad for being “thrown together.” :-)

-- Jeff, North Andover, MA

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#5 posted 01-21-2013 03:11 AM

Love it. Need to make this. I will add felt to the board for softer rolling.

-- Lacy Lane Studio

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#6 posted 01-21-2013 03:39 AM

Janice I agree this would go good while camping. We are members of a small camping and we have a rally coming up soon and I think I will have one of these games made by then.

Don thanks for posting this.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#8 posted 01-21-2013 11:39 AM

I love it… I’m gonna make one today!

-- Hope for the best but plan for the worst.

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#9 posted 01-21-2013 11:55 AM

Fun game, nice job. I made several of these for Christmas 2012. Try making you own dice, kicks the whole experience up a notch.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#10 posted 01-21-2013 01:19 PM

It is a fun game. Sounds like it was a big hit at the party. Here was my version a while back. I had more time to make it tho.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#11 posted 01-21-2013 02:32 PM

Wooden games make nice gifts. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 01-21-2013 05:58 PM

Thanks for the kind words.

Roger, your’s was one of the ones I saw. Love the different woods and acrylic top.

hunter71: I think I might be too lazy to make the dice. :-) we’ll see.

redsox9: ‘thrown together’ is the right term. I pin nailed the sides on since I didn’t have time for glue to dry. Pin nailed the stopper ledge on and forgot to change the pins lengths. Ended up pin nailing it to the workbench and had to grind off the the pins sticking thru the box bottom. (now that’s being in a hurry and causing yourself more work)

Going to have to say the next ones will be put together with a bit more care. :-)

-- -- Don from PA

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#13 posted 01-21-2013 07:53 PM

that looks like fun, going to have to make one of those, thanks for sharing…..

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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