How To Make Board Games

Board games offer up an exciting and rewarding experience, and with a few pieces of equipment and a few ideas, you are well on your way to knowing how to make board games.. Many people use board games to chat and bond, as they offer up more opportunities for dialogue and interaction than many computer or video games.  Board games can also be an effective means of getting together for family time in an entertaining way.  Although they come in many shapes and sizes, people can make their own in order to fit them to their particular needs.

  • pencil
  • scrap paper
  • ruler
  • pen or marker
  • scissors
  • card stock
  • wood
  • knife
  1. Choose how many people will be able to play the game. When you make board games, they can either be one-on-one games, like chess or checkers, or games for multiple players.  Games with a board where players go around in a set path are best for multiple players, while games that are set in two paths against each other are best for two players.  Choosing the number of players will let you know how to make your board game.
  2. Create rules for your game. Either borrow rules from other games, or create your own. Make sure to write down a list of them using pencil and paper, as this will be a very important aspect of your game. If your game is successful with friends and family, they might want to play it when you are not around, so make sure to include a legible list of rules. Learning how to make a list of good rules is key to knowing how to make board games.
  3. Create a board layout. Based on the number of players, sketch out a layout for the board on a scrap piece of paper. This can include spaces for the pieces to go, places that have directions, and places for cards to be kept if your game requires them. Keep in mind to read over your list of rules to make sure you haven't forgotten any important details. Sketching a board layout allows you to make mistakes and adjust your board to you liking.
  4. Create your board. Using a ruler and a pencil, create your board based on your board layout. Make sure to read over your directions again, and frequently check your sketch to make certain you aren't leaving anything out.
  5. Finalize your board. Using a pen or marker, go over the pencil and finalize your board. If you wish to add color or decorations, do so at this time. Decorations will make the board more personalized, but you might want to keep it simple to give it a professional feel. Be sure to give the ink ample time to dry before doing anything else. This is a key step in learning how to make board games.
  6. Create any additional pieces. Using scissors, pen, and scrap paper or card stock, create any additional cards to your game. Many games require cards to be drawn after certain turns, so this is the time to make them. If you need any additional pieces, like place markers or money pieces, use pieces of light wood and a knife to create them. Make sure that they fit in with the theme of the board to give the cards a professional looking feel. Always remember to use caution when using sharp objects like knives and scissors when you make board games.
  7. Test your game. In order to make sure that you did not forget anything, try playing your game. This will test it to make sure that the entire game is working properly. Make any adjustments you need to at this stage, such as adjusting the rules. Going through a trial ensures you know how to make board games, and will ensure your friends and family will enjoy the experience of playing your game.
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