Creating Board Games

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Take a deep dive into Creating Board Games with this hand-curated series of 7 time-tested articles and videos from around the web. We’ll guide you through, one link per day, in the app or in your inbox.

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Have you ever played a board game and discovered a mechanic that you liked and that led you to scribble down board game designs in your free time?Β Or do you like designing board games almost more than playing them, but have not yet finished one?


This Deep Dive provides basic steps for creating your own board game β€” from gathering ideas, the design itself, testing it, and finally getting it out there.Β 

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Glad to see you made it all the way through this Deep Dive. We hope you found it useful and can put some of the insights to good use in your own daily life.

How does it work?

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Deep Dives are carefully hand-curated series of time-tested articles and videos from around the web.

We’ll guide you through, one link per day, in the app or in your inbox.

Deep Dives come in bites that are short enough to fit in your day...

...but add up to a satisfying learning experience.

Ideas: A great way to get ideas is to "steal" them – by looking at a lot of games, and then letting your brains be inspired. Alternatively, get challenged to come up with 10 ideas and get the creative juices flowing.

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Design: This blog is a treasure trove with small morsels of game design ideas (also have a look at the game design checklist in the free resources section).

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Design: Jamey Stegmaier, designer of Scythe, documents almost every step of his game design and production steps and thoughts.

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Prototyping: Apart from paper prototyping in the previous links, for example TTS provides many basic pieces to quickly try out ideas with your friends online.

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Testing: If you know how to program, boardgame.io is a nice framework to get a multiplayer online game up and running.

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Crowdfunding: Again, Jamey Stegmaier with a monster list of Kickstarter resources, mostly based on his experiences.

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There are many more resources on board game design out there. I hope this Deep Dive gave you enough to get you started. One final tip: Find a local board game meetup and try to get a designer meetup and tryout group up and running if there isn't one already. Good luck!

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