Meredith's Wheel of Cardboard Fortune Game
Meredith created this game as a present for her sister, Jessi, for Christmas 1998. If you'd like to make your own copy, follow these [not so] simple directions! We're providing you with pictures, so click on them to see them in full size. (Note: the pictures are kind of blurry because Meredith isn't very good with her dad's digital camera.) One fun thing about creating this game is that you can be creative with it; yours doesn't have to be exactly like this one. If you have any cool ideas for it, let us know , and we'll post them! This is a trivia game, great for the most obsessive Roundhouse fans!
- 1 cardboard box [use thick cardboard, like they used on RH]
- 4 other sheets of thick cardboard
- Magic markers
- Pics of the Roundhouse gang [as many as you want]
- 1 brad [the thing you put in the middle of a spinner to make it spin]
- Several sheets of oak tag
- Scissors, tape, glue, and whatever else you need
- The Board : Cut a piece of cardboard into a circular shape (can be an oval or circle). Starting somewhere on the end, take a magic marker and start drawing a swirl - it starts as a circle and keeps getting smaller and smaller until you reach the center... Make sure your swirl goes around a bunch of times, giving you lots of sections. Then, divide the sections into spaces. The first space is the beginning of the swirl, and the last is the center, so color them in. Your board should look something like this:
- The Wheel : You'll need 2 pieces of cardboard: a square, and a circle that fits on top of it. Divide the wheel into 5 sections: characters, quotes, cast, songs, and skits. Attach it to the board with a brad, and make sure it spins. Draw an arrow from one corner that points to the space the spinner stops on. You can decorate the excess cardboard if you want, too.
- The Playing Pieces : Go to a Roundhouse web page (our links page may come in handy) and find pictures of as many cast members as you want. Meredith used all 19, plus a picture of the full band, to get a total of 20 pictures. She put them all in a publishing program, made them all the same size, and printed them on oak tag. If you don't have a program you can use for this, simply print out the pictures on oak tag and cut them out. Leave some space under the picture, and fold it up so that your pieces can stand.
- The Directions : This is the easy part. You'll need to cut a piece of cardboard into a rectangle, and just copy the directions on it. You can decorate it, too, if you'd like.
- The Box : Let your creative juices flow, and decorate it any way you want. Just make sure it says "Roundhouse Wheel of Cardboard Fortune Game" somewhere on it! Meredith's box says that the game comes from "Parking Lot Brothers," who you might remember as the creators of "Babble" on Roundhouse 's "Stay in School" episode. She also sketched the Roundhouse and Rebel Entertainment logos, but added that this game is not affiliated with Nickelodeon, Roundhouse, or Rebel. On your box lid, try to give Meredith some credit, too; write "created by Meredith" somewhere. This is how Meredith's turned out:
- Pick a cast member for your playing piece and place it at the beginning of the board.
- Game play moves to the left. The youngest person goes first and gives the wheel a whirl. The person to their right has to give clues or act something out depending on what it lands on.
- Quotes : Helper on the right picks a quote, and the contestant who spun the wheel must guess who said it.
- Characters : Helper acts out a character (no words!), and contestant must guess who it is.
- Skit : Helper names a skit and recites as much as possible until contestant names the episode it is from.
- Songs : Helper does a dance step or movement from a song, and contestant names the song.
- Cast : Helper gives trivia or other fact about a cast member, and contestant names that cast member.
- For each correct guess, contestant moves 2 spaces on board, and helper moves 1.
- The first person to reach the center space of the board wins.
Do you have an awesome idea for this game? If you'd like us to add it, email Meredith.