Two awesome games I am planning to cut when I get a chance to buy some nice hardwood, and may slap out in plywood if I get a few spare moments before making such an order.
Tak: For this one, it would be nice to have the board demonstrated so you have the 5x5 or 6x6 options available. But in reality you can just grab a chessboard and get to playing.
So the important bits to make are just the small squares, or really any shape stable enough to stand on one end. I am pretty sure you need 20 of those in each color. And then borrow a bishop from the chess set you pillaged for the board, and you are all set.
This one SHOULD be on the boards somewhere… one of the top comment threads includes somebody asking if the video/game author wants to collaborate on a Glowforge based project for crying out loud! But, since the game has no name yet, I am failing to locate it on the board.
This one is a little more complicated since you won’t likely have a hexagonal board laying around, and the borders are fairly valuable to gameplay clarity. But, yet again it is all quite easily done on a laser (with plans already available on Thingiverse)
Each game is quite unique to any I have played so far, and seem likely to have fair depth. I just wish my wife liked playing chess, because I imagine anyone who does like chess would love each of these. Since I don’t know my wife’s precise distaste for chess, there is still hope she will enjoy these. But not enough hope for me to be rushing out to make them instantly