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Assembling the board


Let's start with the game board- the most important piece in the set!

Since the board is pretty big and unwieldy (18" square), I'll be showing you
how to cut and score the board so it can be folded up for storage.

The process is kind of tricky, so be careful and practice on scrap materials first!
Of course, you can leave the board alone instead of cutting it up,
but it will be a little difficult to store or transport.


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To assemble the board, you'll need:

Full size print(s) of the board

Spray adhesive or glue

A blade or box cutter

A pen or pencil

A ruler

Something to protect your work space, i.e. plastic or newspaper


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To start, get the board printed out. I printed mine in two halves.







The halves will need to be joined in the middle, so I trimmed off the excess there.







Note that there's still excess paper left around the sides of the prints.
This is useful because you can align and tape the prints together on the edges
without actually putting any tape on the printed surfaces.

Once your prints are ready, set them aside and cover up your workspace with newspaper or plastic.
You'll want to protect the surface from the adhesive you'll be using in the next step.







I prefer to use spray adhesive, but you can use liquid glue if you'd like. It just takes longer to dry.
Make sure your adhesive evenly covers the entire surface of the foamcore or cardboard.







Now lay the print down onto the foamcore/cardboard and smooth it out, making sure it's fully adhered to the surface.







Once that's done and the adhesive is dry, you can cut the excess off the edges of your board with your ruler and blade.

It's looking good!






Now we're going to start cutting and scoring the board so it can be folded up.
Again, this can be tricky, so try practicing on some scrap foamcore/cardboard before you cut into your nice game board.







The first step here is to measure and mark the exact center of your board.
If your board was printed in halves, you'll already have a nice guide line running down the center.
Otherwise, draw a line down the center of the board from edge to edge.











Now cut from the MIDDLE of the board to the MIDDLE of one edge.
DO NOT CUT THE BOARD COMPLETELY IN HALF!!!
Start from the middle point and cut to the edge.











Here's what it should look like when you've made the cut.







Now it's time to score the other half of the line you just cut.
Scoring means cutting into the material without cutting all the way through.
You can accomplish this by running your blade lightly over the material you want to score.
It might take more than one pass with the blade to sufficiently score the material.







Once you've made your score, you'll be able to gently fold the board outward until it can lie flat against itself.
Note that because the board isn't cut all the way through, it's still connected on one side. This lets it fold back and forth.







When you feel confident, try it on your game board!
For this step: Start from the middle of the board again, where you'd previously cut all the way through.
Score a line down the middle of the board, in the opposite direction of that first cut.











I hope everything went well for you!
As you can see, the cut and scored lines should connect in the middle.







Gently fold the board outward to make sure it's scored well.
If it's resistant, don't force it! Just score lightly over the line again.







Now flip the board over.







Mark the midpoints of the sides perpendicular to the cut/scored line, then draw a line connecting them.











Now you're going to score along that line.











And you're done cutting! Go ahead and fold the board back along the original line.







Now gently fold one side on the newly scored line...







...and make it lie flat.







Flip the whole thing over and repeat on the other side.
Marvel at how nice and compact the board is now.







Congrats!! You've just made a lovely folding Lolitopoly board.
You're ready to move on to the rest of the set...!





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