How (Not?) to Make a Board Game

Sharing everything that helps inspire and inform me on my quest to design and self-publish my own Euro-style board games.

August 2, 2013 at 3:00pm
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Beautifully illustrated, hand drawn maps by Abigail Daker.

2:56pm
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I love, love, love love LOVE the board game and fantasy art of Victor Eredel. Check out his profile on Behance.

2:22pm
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Game of Goose, by Royal Jumbo, features their iPawn device, which allows you to use physical board game pieces with an iPad to produce a kind of hybrid board / digital game. They’ve used it in a simple, fairly unimaginative way, but I think this type of hybrid game offers some interesting possibilities for new types of game play.

July 29, 2013 at 3:18pm
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The Human Media Lab at Queen’s University, Ontario, present an intriguing concept that fuses tile-based board gaming and digital games tech, featuring individual hex tiles, each with their own OLED display, as well as touch, proximity, and motion sensors. Even though they use a sophisticated projector rather than real, working prototypes, the demonstration manages to convey a sense of the incredible possibilities the technology would allow, hinting at a new generation of gaming.

(via Engadget)

3:07pm
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Hunterabbit by Jianwei Su has a really interesting looking mechanic where you manipulate the game board by sliding sections of it back and forth to create new paths. (via Behance)

3:02pm
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Navigia is a beautiful looking game by Javier Garcia for his Bachelor Thesis at FH Munster (via Behance)

2:58pm
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Wonderful hex tile art in Mage Knight board game

2:53pm
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Eric Hautemont, CEO of Days of Wonder and co-creator of Ticket To Ride gives a fascinating talk about the differences between board games and digital games (via Purple Pawn)

February 10, 2013 at 12:11pm
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A test pack shot I took – not bad for a lighting set up cobbled together in half an hour using an old vacuum cleaner box, a couple of sheets of white cartridge paper, some tin foil and my girlfriend’s S.A.D.* lamp.*Seasonal Affective Disorder – basically, if you feel down during the winter due to the lower light levels, using a S.A.D. lamp can help you feel better.

A test pack shot I took – not bad for a lighting set up cobbled together in half an hour using an old vacuum cleaner box, a couple of sheets of white cartridge paper, some tin foil and my girlfriend’s S.A.D.* lamp.

*Seasonal Affective Disorder – basically, if you feel down during the winter due to the lower light levels, using a S.A.D. lamp can help you feel better.

January 30, 2013 at 5:23pm
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How to use feedback (in board games testing) →

Game designer Jay Treat provides valuable insight into the mindset of the board game tester to help you get genuinely useful feedback from your session.

5:19pm
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10,000 Feet to Publishing a Board Game →

Accomplished board game designer James Mathe has produced an incredibly succinct, yet comprehensive, checklist that all wannabe self publishers need to read.

January 8, 2013 at 1:19pm
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I could start to enjoy chess if it was like this game of Extreme Amazing Super Chess that featured on BBC3 recently

November 23, 2012 at 5:38pm
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A collaboration between Graphical House and Derek Walsh, Semaphor Oblique is a beautifully crafted, artisan take on the traditional game of dominoes.

(via Form Fifty Five)

5:24pm
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Indie game the movie is a surprisingly good film taking a look at the people creating some of the most innovative indie computer games, providing a really interesting insight into the personalities behind the work.

www.indiegamethemovie.com

October 24, 2012 at 5:51pm
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These funky looking building blocks are called Totems, they’re handmade from solid walnut and oak, and they’re designed by Dino Sanchez

(via Design Milk)