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COLORING THE PLAYING-BOARD PATTERNS.-The boards in Play It Again can be left plain or may be colored with felt-tip pens. Pachisi and Ludo boards, for example, are traditionally colored red, green, blue, and yellow. Some of the board patterns have been drawn to look like inlaid wood and could be carefully shaded to give the feeling of a wooden playing board. So, you should feel free to decorate your playing boards in any way that pleases you!

MAKING MORE-ELABORATE PLAYING BOARDS.-All of the board¬game patterns included in Play It Again can be used to make more elaborate and carefully crafted game boards. Games using pits, such as vlancala and Wari, can be made out of clay. Press a slab of clay with a rolling pin until it becomes flat. Trim the piece of clay into the shape of a rectangle and make a depression in the clay for each of the pits. Designs can be inscribed into the board before the clay is fired in a kiln. Different glazes will not only add color to the board but will also provide it with a resilient surface.

Games like Pachisi have traditionally been made of cloth so that they could easily be rolled up and carried around. The Pachisi-board pattern included in Play It Again can be used as a guide for cutting strips of cloth to make a board. Once the strips are sewn together to form the cross-shaped board, brightly colored yarn or embroidery thread can be used to decorate the board.

Wooden boards provide a particularly interesting challenge for the craftsman. Lightweight plywood provides an excellent surface for making many of the boards in Play It Again. Wood stains, varnishes, and paint can be used to decorate the surfaces of the playing boards. Strips of molding or plastic colored tape can be used to finish and frame the edges of the boards.Lines in the playing surfaces of wooden boards can be made by inscribing them with an awl and then filling in the indentations with paint or colored tapes.