Take the 2-minute tour ×
Board & Card Games Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for people who like playing board games, designing board games or modifying the rules of existing board games. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I'm prototyping a game, but I'm not very schooled on board games. I'm looking for a list of game mechanics so that I can

  1. Describe my game in terms of mechanics
  2. Find other uses of the mechanics to learn from
  3. Pick and choose what mechanics I want to have in my game.

(If there are any books about this sort of thing it would be freaking awesome!)


This is similar to some other questions, but with some differences:

share|improve this question
    
Welcome to the site! I've reworded your question a bit to not directly ask for the list, but to ask how to find it. We'd rather not host endless lists here at stack exchange but prefer hosting information that specifically solves problems. Thanks! –  Pat Ludwig Dec 26 '11 at 8:12
add comment

3 Answers

You probably should go looking at the various mechanic lists on boardgamegeek.com.

Examine the various reviews, and find where people talke about the mechanics, as well.

It's a concentrated resource for doing exactly the kind of research you probably should be doing.

share|improve this answer
1  
OK didn't know of boardgamegeek.com/browse/boardgamemechanic (boardgamegeeks hurts my eyes `_´ ) Got any other good resources? –  Peteter Dec 25 '11 at 11:23
    
For boardgames, not so much. For RPG design, there's RPGGeek.com and The Forge (indie-rpgs.com). And I never said it was pretty... just useful. (Tho' I have gotten used to it over the years.) –  aramis Dec 25 '11 at 23:42
add comment

There is also a list at Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Game_mechanics.

share|improve this answer
    
When I started to build my game over 1.5y ago, that wikipedia page almost didn't exist! :) –  Peteter Dec 27 '11 at 6:15
    
Is it worth posting a few examples you think are good? –  Pureferret Dec 27 '11 at 18:36
1  
I'm kinda taking note of what Pat Ludwig said when he edited my post. –  Peteter Dec 28 '11 at 6:24
add comment

There is a fairly notable site Three Hundred Mechanics which you can visit for some inspiration, although it doesn't quite have 300 yet and is not specific to boardgames.

share|improve this answer
    
Thanks prusswan much. The squidi.net/three/index.php is very helpful –  user2424 Feb 2 '12 at 10:46
add comment

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.