Board Game Go's new convertible
Carol Dufour of Board Game Go just announced his latest creation this week: a goban that converts from a floor board to a table board. The board itself measures 18" by 18"3/4 and 1"3/4 thick. When on the pedestal, the surface measures 9" high from the floor.
In a slight departure from his usual board designs, Carol opted for a solid honey-colored finish for the surface. You can see more photos and details of this board on its feature page.
I think it'll fill a good niche in the market. The first model is currently being auctioned on eBay with a Buy-It-Now price of $125 (stones not included).
I had seen convertible gobans before but most of these were table boards that had four screw-on legs. This design is certainly more contemporary and I like its clean looks.
Board Game Go also made ScatCat's beautiful PurpleHeart board and other contemporary styles.
Iceman inspires another homemade Demo Board
The demo board that Iceman made for his elementary school Go classes inspired JMP to create one of his own; this one being a large 19x19. Most demo boards of this size sell for $300 and up. JMP created his for under $100. JMP notes that this is just version 1.0 of his demo board so he might further refine the design in the future.
Here's his materials list:
- One sheet 40"x60" Sturdy Board, from Office Max $15
- Two sheets 16"x36" steel duct work from Home Depot $10
- One roll of off-white contact paper 20" wide from Home Depot $6
- Four rolls of 1/4" wide black graphic art tape from Office Max $12
- Two 1"x120" magnetic rolls from Office Max $14
- One each vinyl letter and number pack from Office Max $5
- One each black and white posterboard from Jo-Ann's $1
- Posterboard laminating from Kinko's $29
In this close-up photo, you can barely see the metal plates behind the board.
This photo shows where the magnetic strips were applied to the back of the pieces.
On Deck: Drago with PDF export capability
Gilles Arcas has released his beta version of Drago with a PDF export function. This will be a very useful feature for sharing kifus and lessons. I'll be testing it this week to provide him with functionality feedback.