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Fun and review of Hamlet in one compelling activity! Players will answer fact and quote questions about Hamlet, and perform acting and writing activities. They travel around a perilous board, striving to reach the battlefield to fight for control of Denmark with the most mercenaries.

Purposes of the Never Bored Board Game

~ to review the whole play, perhaps before a test or exam

~ to have some fun!

Concept of the game

It is a few days after the death of Claudius. A fight for control of Denmark erupts. The military leader who reaches the furthest point on the game board - the battlefield - with the most mercenaries wins control of the country. Players travel around the board, picking up activity cards as they land on three types of squares. They win mercenaries by answering factual questions, quote questions and Dare questions. Dare questions involve creativity and daring: successfully completing mini writing activities, acting and speeches wins mercenaries. A sample Dare acting question is 'Circle the classroom once using the walk and facial expression of King Hamlet's ghost. Remember that he wears armor and looks angry.' A sample writing question is 'Invent a hashtag for Hamlet's Twitter account.' Writing activities have to be completed by the time the gameplay returns to the writer, and then read out to fellow players: students have to be speedy!

Travelling around the board, perils threaten the players - like pursuit by the ghost of King Hamlet. They can never be quite sure when mercenaries will be lost or gained, or whether a path will provide them with a shortcut to the battlefield or send them hurtling back again.

Numbers of players per board

This can vary between 4-7 students. Fewer than 4 is not as exciting or educational because the game ends too quickly. A game for 6 players will last about an hour. For a class of 28 you would need to photocopy 4 boards.

Items included in the game

All the components are designed for 8 x 11 size paper

The 4 quadrants of the board (they need to be taped together by the students) (PDF)

8 game pieces; students will decorate their game piece shield for their character before beginning to play (PDF)

32 fact cards (8 to each sheet of 8 x 11) (1 PDF)

32 quote cards (8 to each sheet of 8 x 11) (1 PDF)

32 Dare cards (8 to each sheet of 8 x 11) (1 PDF)

1 x 8 back of the fact cards design – this can be omitted and the back of the card left plain (PDF)

1 x 8 back of the quote cards design (PDF)

1 x 8 back of the Dare cards design (PDF)

1 x 10 mercenaries sheet (PDF)

An editable sheet of cards for teachers to create their own questions (Word document)

Assembly of the game

All of the items for the game- the board, the question cards, the mercenaries, and the game pieces- can be photocopied onto ordinary 8 x 11 paper. A color printer is not required. Apart from photocopying, the rest of the game can be assembled by the students. To save teacher time, the cards can be cut by the students, but they should be cut from the back of the card; looking at the side where the questions are will give them an advantage.

If you are sure you will use this game again with future classes, it is worth photocopying it onto cardstock, or photo paper, or even laminating the board. That way, the game boards and cards will last for the rest of your career.

There must be one set of each type of cards (Share, Dare and Devices) and one sheet of game pieces for each board.

One dice per board is required, or students can use a random dice throw generator on their phones.

Please check out my other board games for Macbeth and Creative Writing.

More Brilliantly Lit Shakespeare resources:

Macbeth Board Game

Macbeth Workbook

Macbeth Games and Activities
Shakespeare Poster Bundle

Romeo & Juliet activity: what if?

Hamlet Act 1 Test

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions about this product - or any other product in my store - please write to me at brilliantlylit@gmail.com. I would love to hear from you!

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Total Pages
27 pages
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