Boys' Life magazine

How to make a homemade Off-Shore Battle game

This classic game is even more fun when it’s homemade, so charge up your power drill, sharpen that saw and make this cool Off-Shore Battle game.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

WHAT YOU’LL DO

The Boards:

1. With lines spaced 3⁄4-inches apart, mark out a 7 1⁄2-by-7 1⁄2-inch grid on all three game boards. The center, vertical board has a grid with holes on both sides. The side boards have a grid only.

 

2. Tape tracing paper over your grid and draw diagonal lines as shown. Use an awl to punch starter holes for drilling.

 

3. Drill 1⁄4-inch-deep holes in the center of each square.

4. Use decals or a fine-tipped permanent marker to label the vertical squares A through J and the horizontal squares 1 through 10.

5. Attach the vertical board to the base with wood glue and screws.

 

6. After all the grids are complete and the holes are drilled, attach the knobs and give the boards an oil finish.

7. Put it all together using the 4 hinges.

 

The Pegs:

1. Use the pruning shears to cut the skewers into 3⁄4-inch pegs. You’ll need at least 140 pegs.

2. Paint 40 of them red.

The Ships:

Get ship templates here:

You can also make the ships from plastic clay.

HOW TO PLAY

Players place ships on the grids of their individual boards. One player calls out a coordinate on the grid. If it’s a hit, he goes again. A miss means it’s the other player’s turn. Red pegs are used to track hits and natural-colored pegs to track misses. Whoever sinks all their opponent’s ships first wins.