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☻Create Your Game☻

How to Make Your Own Board Game?

Determine the age limits for which you want to create a board game. Knowing the age range of your tentative players would allow you to design the game as simple or as detailed as you wish it to be, and would allow you to create age-appropriate rules. For instance, if you are designing the game for young children, you would want to create something that is simple, easy-to-understand, fun, and would promote camaraderie and learning among the children at the same time. For adults, you could create something that is more competitive and exciting -- sky's the limit!

Think of a theme for your game. Are you interested to create a game that is based on some skill, such as Pictionary, Scrabble or Clue? Or are you more interested to create a path game that is purely based on luck and chance, such as Chutes and Ladders? If so, will it be one where you are a pirate and must travel the seas to find lost treasure, or will you be trapped in haunted mansion and must avoid the monsters and ghosts? Use your imagination when deciding.You can even make the theme about a book! You could use ideas from existing games to help you get started.

Map out the rules of and directions for the game. As much as possible, try to keep the rules simple, so that new players will catch on quickly and will have a fun playing experience in general. Here are some things to keep in mind when creating the rules:

* What is the end goal of the game?
* How would the players win?
* What is the minimum and maximum number of players that can play?
* Is the game meant purely for enjoyment purposes, educational purposes, or a mixture of both?
* What are the pieces needed for the game? (Players' markers, dice, cards, etc.)

Sketch a rough draft of your board design. This will allow you to determine whether you need to include more or less details in your final design. For path games, make sure to add start and finishing places, and to set out a clear path or road for the character(s) to travel along. You can choose to create your own designs for the images and pictures that will go on your game, but if you would rather use ready-made images, there are many resources on the Internet that you can do a search on and download.

Find a material for your base board. You can use a long sheet of paper, but it would be better to choose a sturdier material such as cardboard, cardstock or poster board, so that your game pieces won't get knocked-over if there is a breeze. You can even use old pizza boxes. Another option would be to use the board from an old game that you do not use anymore, and just paint over it or cover with clean paper for you to create the new game design on. Decorate the board with the design that you sketched.

* There is no limit to the things that you can use to decorate your board -- use ready-made printouts, cutouts from magazines, patterned paper, paint, markers -- anything that will allow you to jazz up your board and make your design pop-up!
* Make your board design as colorful as possible, so as to capture and maintain the interest of your players.

Create the game pieces. You can draw the images on paper, then tape or glue them to your preferred material, such as light cardboard (the type used on cereal boxes). To make the pieces stand, cut out a strip of cardboard that you can fold into a 3D triangle (similar to picture frame stands), then stick to the back of the piece for support. Another way to make game pieces that stand is to glue craft foam to the bottom of the folded piece of paper. You could also use pieces from other game sets. You can make the character pieces in line with the the place markers such as cards or tokens, draw these out as well. Good materials to use for the game cards are index cards or cardstock.

* If your game involves the use of a dice or spinner, you can just use the ones from your existing games, or create your own from cardboard and markers.
* Print out the directions for your game as well, so that players can just refer to that in case you are not around to explain the rules.

Test and retest. Test your prototype design as many times as deemed reasonable with patient friends and family in order to iron out any unforeseen bugs or pitfalls. Ensure that the game rules are fair and that the game concept is fun and enjoyable to the target audience and modify the rules as accordingly. It can be a a lot of work to balance the fun factor with the challenge all while adding fairness to the equation. Once your gaming formula runs consistently smooth, you maybe ready to publish your masterpiece. At which point you will need to consult the appropriate publishers and brokers.

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