Colbopoly- A Stephen Colbert Board Game: Assembly

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Colbopoly- A Stephen Colbert Board Game: Assembly

We provided the images for Colbopoly, the rest is up to you. Below is a suggested assembly method for creating your very own Colbopoly set.

Materials Needed:

Dice: 2 six sided dice.

8x11 inch Cardstock: Needed for the Community Chest and Chance and property cards. You will need one canary yellow sheet and one deep orange sheet for the chance/community cards and three white sheets for the property cards.
8x11 inch Colored Computer Paper: You will need seven different colors for the money, including white. Your local print shop might have single sheets available for purchase. If you choose to print the money yourself, the following colors are needed for their corresponding money:

1 = White, 4 Sheets
5 = Pale Pink, 4 Sheets
10 = Pale Yellow, 5 Sheets
20 = Pale Forest Green, 5 Sheets
50 = Pastel Blue, 3 Sheets
100 = Pale Gold, 3 Sheets
500 = Gold, 3 Sheets

Foam Core, Mat Board or Thick Cardboard/ Chipboard, at least 20x20 inches: This will be needed as the board backing once you have the board image printed. These can be found at an arts and crafts store or framing gallery. Your print shop might be able to do the matting and attaching of the image to your board or you may choose to do it yourself. More on that later.

Tape, at least one Inch wide: This is for the Board backing construction. We recommend either gaffer’s tape, Book Binding Tape, or any other cloth tape.

Player Tokens: We used Bag O’ Zombies pieces from the table top game ’Zombies!’ to represent members of the Colbert Nation. These bags of pieces are sold in packs of 50 or 100. You can find these at your local hobby shop or online. We painted each one a different color with acrylic paint.

Security Laser and Robot Bouncer tokens: We used colored glass fish tank pieces. If you have a friend that plays Magic: The Gathering or other card games, they might also be using these glass beads as counter tokens. All you need are two colors to represent the two different tokens. You can find these at a hobby shop or at arts & crafts stores, such as Michael's or A.C. Moore.

Note: For the Player tokens and Laser/Robot tokens, these were our own personal choices for what to use. Feel free to substitute in something different as you see fit.

Making the Property Cards and Chance/Community Chest cards:

You have two options. Either try and print them yourself at home with a printer that allows you to feed the cardstock in the top or have a print shop print them along with your board.

If you go the printing at home route, here’s how to do it. For the Chance and Community Chest cards, print out the templates preferably on a printer that you feed the paper in from the top, one that doesn’t curl the paper inside and out of the printer. The reason for this being that cardstock has a tendency to retain any unwanted crimp or curl very easily and might become stuck in your printer.

EDIT (4/26/08}- Here's a little more technical info for printing. If you're printing directly from Photoshop, click 'print', then check the box called 'scale to fit media' near the middle of the screen. If you're printing using Windows Vista or XP, use the Windows Picture and Fax Viewer and select 'full page fax print' as your printing option. And if you're on a Mac, then god help you because we didn't try that.

Each of the property card templates are labeled as either a front or a back with a corresponding number. Print one side first, let it dry for a moment depending on your type of printer, flip the paper over and feed it back into the printer. Print the other side with the template with the same number as the first side. You should end up with double sided cards to be cut out at your leisure.

Making the Money:

Again, you have the option of printing these out at home or letting the print shop handle it. Each money template name begins with a number and an ’X’. That is the amount of times each individual template must be printed to give you the proper amount of money. Example, 3X_colbopoly_money_50.tif would be printed three times to get the right amount of money for that denomination. You will have a few extra of each type of bill, but who can argue with more money?

Making the Board:

Our suggestion is to take the Board image tiff file to your local printing place and get them to do it. If you have a printer this big, all I can say is, lucky you. You can always print the board smaller, but to keep with the spirit of the original game, the full size is exactly the same size as an actual Monopoly board. The printing cost will most likely run you 20-30$, depending on where you go.

When it comes to the actual board construction, it can be done any number of ways. This part of the construction process is the most open to modification, so feel free to change this method to whatever suits you best.

Cut your larger piece of mat board or foam core into two pieces measuring 19 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches each. Seal the outside three edges (the two short and one long) with tape. Leave about 5/16 of an inch of space in-between the two pieces of board and connect them together with one piece of tape all the way down the edges you didnÍt cover with tape already. Close the connected boards towards you like a book with the non-sticky side of the tape inside. Push the excess tape down against the edge of the folded boards and then lay another piece of tape all the way down against that first piece of tape and the boards next to it to create the spine on the other side.

When attaching the Board image to your piece of cardboard, foam core or matt board, we suggest using thinned out rubber cement or Sobo Paper Glue as your adhesive. When gluing the paper to the board, the middle of the spine should line up roughly with the middle of the Emmy and Peabody awards on the board image.

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