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Land of the Lost Gameboard

I was a huge fan of the 1970s television show. So you can imagine two years ago when I found the DVD for all three seasons being offered online, I bought it. My kids and I will often sit and enjoy the show: I reliving my memories; they creating memories.

We would often play LotL with my children and their toys, but it wasn't the same. And, since there are no Land of the Lost games or toys based on the 1970s television show being offered in the stores anymore, I decided to make a game. We found some LotL crystals being offered on eBay, bought them and have made them part of the game. We also use different colored buttons for our characters.

Wanna play? You'll have to be familiar with the show in order to understand who the characters are.

The object of the game is to pick up all four crystals and make it to the end without getting stuck in the circular vortex, or captured by sleestaks. The catch is, no one gets left behind -- we have to move through the game like a family. Having all four crystals allows you to reenter our world.

The dice allows only one of four choices. Move one space ahead, move two spaces ahead, move three spaces ahead, and try again. Three try-agains in a row moves you four spaces forward.

The pylons allow you to move backwards in the game, but not forward. Unless you have the Enik card and happen to land on the red pylon. At which point you can go anywhere in the game. Enik also allows you to escape the sleestaks. Otherwise, you're stuck.

The Pakuni card allows you to take a short cut into the cavern, and gets you unstuck from the vortex -- theoretically by going for help and getting the mirror.

Each time you play the either the Enik, Pakuni, toothpick or torch card, you have to put them back. Unless of course you re-land on that space again that allows you to pick up the card.

The vortex: is like a turnabout. You go round and round unless you can land on the square that allows you to leave the vortex. There is another square that traps you with the vortexes lazer. To escape, you'll need to get the mirror. The mirror reflects the vortexes deadly lazer and allows you to escape, and if a family member is stuck you must retrieve the mirror, and then use one of the pylons to go backwards into the game and attempt to land on their space to rescue them. Once you have the mirror, you keep it.

Sometimes everyone gets stuck in LotL, but usually you can find your way out.

I had the kids draw up the cards. You'll need red, blue, yellow and green crystals, an Enik and Pakuni card, and you'll also need a toothpick, mirror and torch card. You might want to draw up some cards for the crystals too.

The gameboard is watercolor and ink.

(And, yes, I was very disappointed with the new LotL movie. When I saw that Will Ferrel was staring in it, I knew I couldn't take my children to it -- too raunchy and crude for my standards.)


Jeremy Elder said...

Your board looks way cooler than the movie. Yikes - why did they ruin it so badly?

GWhitehall said...

Your creativity is inspiring! Do take requests? Ive been missing a few chance cards from my Monopoly set...

Daniel said...

Hey, that is a lot of fun! You've inspired me to get creative and make some games to play with my son :)

Awesome artwork too.

Art Fan Ako said...

Looks like a fun playboard! The movie is coming out with Will Ferrell.

Marcelo Vignali said...

Thanks Jer, Dan and Art fan, It's a lot of fun to do.

I agree Jer, I could only watch 20 minutes of the LotL movie before I walked out. How could they ruin such a cool idea. Even if they wanted to make it funny, it could have worked.

Art Fan, don't go see the new Land of the Lost movie! Just buy the DVD set of the 1970s TV show, it's much better, and there's no Will Ferrell.

Hey Gino, try giving your monopoly game a facelift. Personalize it for your family by making the properties have the names of family members and familiar places.

Gulzar said...

WOW! Am sure it must have brought more emotions and feelings...

Hope you are keeping well....


Nathan Lindsay said...

Awesome Marcelo!

Billy George said...

What a fun idea..My kids would love that game.

yeah the movie was terrible.