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This marble game is called "Aggravation." These are typically made only for 4 players. My Mother requested that I make her an 8 player version since her and a group of friends play often.
The pieces are made out of Tiger Maple and Cherry. The 8 "legs" are attached to the octagon with loose fitting dovetails which allows it to be disassembled and transported in the case I had made for her.

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I should really make something like that for my Mom. Excellent craftsmanship!
 

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How cool that looks! Can't say I've ever played it, but I'd want to since
the board looks so nice!
 

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Beautiful workmanship and artistic wood selection. It will be a family heirloom.

Guess I'll have to post a marble game that I made called Joker aka Marbles and Jokers.
 

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Great design, I like how you used the dovetails to allow for it to be broken down.

CKM
 

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Very nice work and wood. It can't be too easy to get unglued dovetails to fit that well. I haven't seen that game before. Could you do a little blog on it to explain how it is played in case someone wants to make it?
 

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This is great work. I have seen this game for 4 people and for 6 - never for 8. But, why not? You have given me a great Christmas gift idea for next year.
 

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Coincidentally my mother recently requested I make an Aggravation board for her. This gets me thinking "outside the box". What did you use to make the dimples? Drill bit or router bit?

Gary
 

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Well done. Great wood combination & craftsmanship.
 

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Garyb6,
I used a router to make the dimples. I tried the drill press first but it left dimples very rough and the board tended to "chatter."
The router left a very smooth finish.
 

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That is a great idea. Welocme to LJ!!
 

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Very cool set up, and fit into case. Nice job.
 

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I had to make 6 of the 4 person version for my brothers and sisters this Christmas. I have the original made by my grandfather in 1967. I created a template out of 3/16" hardboard and used a plunge router to make the holes for the marbles. Yours is the finest I've seen and the way you made it portable and configurable is just awesome. Definitely going to have to try one of these. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Beautiful work. I like that you wouldn't have to put all the sections on the board if you had less than 8 players. I'm not sure that I remember how to play the game but if I remember correctly, each player has 5 marbles that they must get in the middle of their section of the board to win the game. But you don't have a starting place for your marbles. I know it isn't important to the game but it would be nice to have a place to put them instead of holding them. I think I would have made each section a little longer and made one big indention on the end to hold the marbles before they enter play.
 

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I have been thinking how aggrevating it wouild be to play with 8 players!! You'd never get around the board. The game would never end :))
 

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Look at this) Dennis

That link doesn't seem to want to work quite right, here is how to play:
Wahoo (board game)
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Wahoo is a cross and circle board game similar to Parchisi, is a board game that involves moving a set number of marbles around the board, trying to get them into the safety zone. The game originated in the Appalachian hills. Most boards are used by four to six players. Wahoo has been a popular game for decades. Even today, custom-made boards proliferate on eBay and game manufacturer Parker Brothers has sold their own version of the game, under the title Aggravation, for decades.

a homemade aggravation board[edit] Rules
Number of Players: 2 to 4

Object: To be the first player to move all of the player's individual marbles out of the starting area, around the board, and into home, whether by going the distance or taking shortcuts.

Setting Up: Each player places their marbles in the starting area. After setting up, each player rolls the die. The highest number goes first, then play proceeds to the left. If two or more players roll the same number, they roll again to break the tie.

Playing: To move a marble out of the Starting Area to the Starting Position, a player must roll a 1 or a 6. The Starting Position is the space just outside, and to the right of, the Starting Area. After rolling a 1 or 6 a marble is placed on the Starting Position. If the player rolled a 1 or 6 they are allowed to roll again.

There is no limit to how many extra turns are allowed in regards to this rule. As long as a 1 or 6 is rolled, the player is allowed an extra turn. A player may never land on or pass one of their own marbles. If the number rolled on a player's turn puts them on or ahead of their own marble they must move the one in front.

If a marble lands on a space already occupied by an opponent's marble, the opponent's marble goes back to that player's Starting Area. If a player rolls a number that does not allow a marble to be moved, that turn is completed and goes to the next player in the sequence.

Shortcut: In the center of the board, there is an extra hole: this may be used as a shortcut. To enter the hole a player must roll the exact number necessary. For example, if a player moves a marble into the Starting Position, then rolls a 6, that allows the marble to be moved to the center hole. The only way off the center is by rolling a 1, or in some variations a 6. The player would then move their marble down the side next to their home base, or exit the side opposite the side they entered on.

In some versions of the game only a 1 or 6 roll will allow someone to come out of their starting area and when a 4 is rolled the player must move one of their marbles backwards. This can be a hindrance on much of the board; however, this can also become a shortcut when a piece has just come onto the board and must back up past their home area.

Winning: The game is won when the first person has all his/her marbles safely home. The game may be continued to see who gets second place, and so on.

With 4 players: When four people are playing, there are two methods of play. One is partners. When playing partners, players opposite each other are partners. You are allowed to "take out" your partner by landing one his marble, as per regular rules (above), however, usually this is not favorable. When one partner gets all his marbles "home," he then uses his turn(s) to help his partner get his marbles home. The partners assist each other ONLY when one partner is finished. The first pair to get all their marbles "home" wins (regular rules apply. The other method is every man for himself, or "cut-throat." By playing cut-throat, there are no partners, and no special rules (see normal rules above)
 

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Great board! What kind of router bit did you use for the marble holes?
 
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