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Tardis Run board game is bigger on the inside

A 3D-printed Tardis opens up to reveal a board game based on backgammon, Parcheesi and an ancient Egyptian game called Senet.

Joseph Larson/Cymons Designs

A few Doctor Who-themed board games have made the rounds over the last few years, but sometimes it's the fans who come up with the most interesting stuff. Case in point is Tardis Run, created by Whovian Joseph Larson of Cymons Designs.

The game is contained in a 3D-printed Tardis that unfolds to reveal the board and pieces: four Doctors and four foes.

"Many of the Doctor's most feared opponents have teleported into the Tardis to steal the last copy of the Black Scroll of Rassilon from the Tardis library," the game's description reads. "With no one else, the Doctor's past regenerations have been gathered to help. Whoever finds the Black Scroll and escapes first wins!"

Larson describes the two-player game as inspired by Backgammon, Parcheesi and Senet, a game played by the Ancient Egyptians. The player who has been a Doctor Who fan the longest gets to choose their side first (for those who have loved it since childhood, a roll of dice or a coin flip will probably suffice).

Monsters take the first turn, then players take turns rolling the paddles, each of which is printed with one symbol on one side and two on the other, then moving their piece the number of spaces that appear. The game ends when one player has snaked around the board and taken all four pieces through the exit.

There are a number of Doctors and enemies to choose from to make your teams of four, including 11 Doctors and the TARDIS, and 12 foes, including a Dalek, a Cyberman, a Silurian, a Silence, and a Weeping Angel.

The game is currently available to buy printed and ready to go from Larson's Etsy store, but for those who have access to a 3D printer, you can download the files for free from Youmagine to print your own.

Joseph Larson/Cymons Designs