How often do you sit down and play a board game? Growing up, I loved this family time. Why is it that we play less as we grow older? Sure, our lives become more busy, but sometimes taking a break to play a game releases stress. Even better is to use creativity to make a board game.
Creating your own game might sound overly ambitious. However, it can be done with a bit of creativity and 30 minutes. To prove that point, I will show you how in 7.5 simple steps.
- Create a simple story. Every game has a story. King Kandy is missing or spaces need to be built up with hotels. Channel the inner writer in yourself.
- Decide the story end. This is the goal for each player. They want to have the most green apple cards, money, or correct answers.
- Choose your setting or medium. Will you use cards, a board, or tokens?
- Write the directions. Do not worry too much about them yet.
- Create a rough draft of each needed piece. Sketch or type them out. These do not need to be elaborate.
- Play the game quickly. Note any mistakes or loop holes that you find.
- Edit the game. See, it really is like being a writer.
7.5. Play again with friends. Enjoy!
Here is my game following these steps and the time frame.
- My story is each princess wants to find her perfect prince.
- The goal is to match the right princess with her prince. The player with the most wins.
- The medium is cards with matching princesses and princes.
- The rules are to deal all of the cards. On their turn, each player chooses a card and another player who also chooses a card. Then both turn the cards over to see if there is a match. If so, the first receives a point, and the second takes a turn.
6 – 7.5 Game played, revised to add frogs that make another player give you a match, and then played again.