The process of designing a game to be played, such as the creation of the game mechanics and theme and the associated rules, board, map, cards, tokens and/or other playing implements. Also includes the process of play testing early versions of the game to refine and improve these elements.

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Why are there fewer board games with a triangular grid?

Many games have a rectangular grid, some even use hexagonal but it's quite rare to see triangles. I have heard the argument that hexagons confuse players. Is that true? Is there any evidence to ...
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How To Integrate Graphics Into Game? [closed]

I'm a new programmer and just started learning code. I've done designing graphics for a chess game, just want to know how to integrate these with algorithm and coding? Please help.
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Deriving statistics from original card games [duplicate]

I have drafted a game that uses a French Deck with 52 cards, 4 suites (diamonds, clubs, hearts, spades), and no jokers. I'm interested in profiling game play along a few axes: How many turns are ...
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Dividing up Hexagonal Board Tiles

So I'm designing a board game that uses a number of adjacent hexagonal boards. These boards need to be divided up into spaces (tiles) that players move through. I've been playing with using Hexagons ...
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Creating a TCG - Checking Mechanics

I have created a very simple card game but I am worried some of the mechanics may be shared with others. Is there anywhere I can check this, and what would be the outcome if other games did share the ...
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Why do mana abilities not go on the stack?

Why this special treatment for mana-abilities? What are the design implications if they didn't go on the stack?
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Roll-and-Move Board Design [closed]

Some games (like Chutes and Ladders) have a single track that players move along by rolling a die to see how far they travel. (These are often called roll-and-move games.) Many of the spaces on a ...
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How do I prevent cheating on my token based card game? [closed]

I have created a card game in which one of the mechanics relies a lot on trust, and would be very easily cheated. The game is played in 5 rounds, and has a total of 15 tokens to spread as you wish ...
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Looking for the “magic'al” formula

Im a big fan of the Magic the Gathering trading card game. And with all these new cards coming in, I was wondering how the cards were balanced, and manacost calculated. Im thinking there must be a ...
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Are there any games where some win, some lose, and some don't?

In most games, everyone starts off with the potential to either win or lose. At the end, they've all either won or lost. Some games have a player who's like a referee -- they can neither win nor ...
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Do Collectible Card Games without shuffling exist?

All Collectible Card Games (like Magic the Gathering or Yu-Gi-Oh!) I know require the players to shuffle their decks before the game begins. Also, the deck's card order is unbeknown to the players. ...
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Randomly but Evenly Distributing Tokens on a Board

I'm designing a board game where, as more sections of the board are added, tokens are randomly placed on the new board section. Each board section is 2'×1' (24"×12"), so we using dice to randomise ...
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Designing - How do you approach finding the right font for your game?

I'm working on making my own card game and I'm wondering how do you approach picking a particular font. I know that this is partially subjective, however, I also know that from a designer's stand ...
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Why does Cascade exile?

From a design point of view, I cannot figure out why Cascade should specifically exile the cards involved, then return them to the bottom of the deck instead of revealing them (like Spellshift or ...
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Are cards that interact with sacrificing rare, and why?

For independent reasons, I was looking recently for cards that interact with Sacrificing. At the time (owing mostly to my lack of knowledge in MtG templating), I found none. Looking at the Avacyn ...
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Which computer board game designer works best for card games?

I've heard of a few computer board game designers, such as Vassal, Cyberboard, and Zun Tzu. Which would work best for building a custom card game? Note, I am willing to use one I haven't heard of, so ...
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Which program to chose when designing my own cards?

I am working on a prototype of a board game for which I need to design several cards. The cards will have several features like name, picture, text and some additional symbols. I am not sure which ...
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What are the qualities of a successful beta testing session from the player's perspective?

I'm a board game designer with the luxury of a large public playing area filled with board game enthusiasts. I would like to beta test a new board game and was wondering what YOU, as the player, would ...
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How to quantify first player advantage?

In playing a two player variant of sheepshead, the group I play with decided that it wasn't that much fun. So I simplified it, and taught it to my niece (5 years old) as a start to learning about ...
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Origin of scores for letters in Scrabble (in relation to their frequency in a langauge)

In Scrabble, each letter is worth a number of points. Typically, the rarer the letter, the more score it has, see Scrabble letter distribution and score. Does anyone know how these scores are being ...
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Is there an industry standard definition between “Board”, “Card”, and “Table Top” game genres?

A friend and I have been developing a game but we've had some difficulty establishing the specific genre we think it should fit in. Our game design uses printed cards to be distributed CCG-style in ...
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Looking for name of a double ended connector

I'm building a board game that connects pieces together, like a puzzle, but they can be flipped over, so I have found a picture of what I think would be a good connector piece, but I'm not sure what ...
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Investment Mechanics [closed]

I'm designing a board game about gem collecting. To collect gems players must invest on different gems in their turns (i.e. resource collecting is done using investment). Investment part in my design ...
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How to make Rotate Dial with rivet?

First off I'm not sure what a Rotate Dial is actually called. I am thinking of something similar to a HeroClix base (a rotating top piece with a hole, which reveals different stats on the bottom piece ...
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When first prototyping a new board game idea - how do you start? [closed]

I've been working in online gaming for many years but i've always had a love for board gaming. I'm a great believer in paper prototyping any game or feature too. I wondered what are the major ...
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is there card game prototyping platform to track, change, print?

this and this and this and this all give good leads, but I'm looking for something with a few specific features: I want a database that does all the basic database things--store cards, find cards, ...
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What makes a cooperative game require multiple players?

Many cooperative games (like Pandemic or Arkham Horror) could be played by a single player, even though they're intended to be played by a team of players striving against the board. What makes a ...
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What impact will Kickstarter have on how Designer Board Games are released? [closed]

There have been some notable releases through Kickstarter. Eminent Domain - one of the earlier big successes. Eaten By Zombies D-Day Dice - most successful board game kickstarter to date. How do ...
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Is kingmaking in multiplayer games a problem that can be fixed?

The original Kingmaker was Richard Neville, 16th Earl of Warwick. He was instrumental during the Wars of the Roses in the deposition of two kings. The term kingmaker has come to mean, "a person or ...
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How does roll and move affect games like Talisman?

I'm wondering if the roll and move mechanic has any real effect on how Talisman, or any similar game, plays out. Would the overall experience be fundamentally changed if, for instance, you could only ...
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Trading in two-player games

In a two-player game, why would one player ever trade with another? (I'm working on a new game for my publisher at the moment, and this question is coming up at work.) Let's say you have a three ...
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using real names / images in a board game [closed]

I am thinking of creating a soccer game, can I use real player name / images in this game or are there any legal implications? For example can I use Lionel Messi and his image on a card? Thanks for ...
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Are There Any Good Tools For Developing CCG Or Other Card Games?

I've been brainstorming a new card game idea for a while, something that could be described as "Cards Against Humanity" meets "Munchkin" but while I mostly have the rules and everything together I ...
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point buy TCG CCG deck building mechanics

what games are there that use a point buy system for deck building instead of a card limit? what are the obvious effects this would have on the style of play? I am only currently aware of one example ...
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What makes a cooperative board game actually a game?

Most board games are competitive, where you have players competing against each other, trying to win. Some board games are described as "cooperative", where the players are trying to do...what ...
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How do I promote a board game to the masses? [closed]

I created a board game for playing while watching American Football with your friends. We always had a great time playing it and anybody outside of our group who saw it immediately loved it. So I ...
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Am I at legal risk if I use a mechanism from another game in my own design?

I'm juggling with a card game idea based on a popular fantasy universe. The game still has a long way to go yet. But before I really invest in developing the card game I want to make sure I'm not ...
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What's the most intuitive way to use a die for a pass/fail test?

I'm working on a board game for general, non-gamer audiences. (Think people who have played Monopoly and Uno, but not Risk or Settlers of Catan.) Sometimes the player faces a test with only two ...
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Game Balance Axis and Allies WWI

My gaming circle does not feel Axis and Allies WWI is balanced. None of us has yet achieved victory as the Central Powers. What rule modifications would you suggest to balance the game?
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18xx Companies able to buy other companies, what will be the impact

One of the fun parts of the 18xx games, is that its fairly easy to create your own (local) version. I like to create a dutch version (yes there have been two already but with limited availability). ...
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What's the fastest way to print a card game prototype?

My goal is to minimize the amount of time I have to spend, with a budget of about $40. Also, I'm absolutely terrible at using scissors and glue.
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Square cards larger than 70mm (2¾″)

Many board games use square cards that are 70mm × 70mm, about 2¾″. Are there any that use larger square cards? If so, what's the largest square card that is in use? I'm mainly interested if there ...
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Open source programming toolkits for modeling table top games

Are there any open source programming libraries, perhaps in Python or Lua for example, for modeling table top games to help with design and testing work?
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Are there any dice games you can play with a standard 7-die set? [closed]

Are there any dice games that you can play with a standard role-playing 7-die set (d4, d6, d8, d10, d%, d12, d20)? Maybe you have some time to kill before your tabletop session starts, or during a ...
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In Pandante, why is the fine for a failed challenge against a player telling the truth multiplied by the total number of players?

From the rules of Pandante, about resolving the winner of a gambit: When you’re challenged as lying about your poker hand, your two options are: a) keep your hand secret, fold, and pay each ...
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Board game design dictionary

Are there any dictionaries specific to the subject of board game design or board game culture? This would contain words describing elements found in board games or used by designers or players.
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Organizing a rule book

Bit of Background I am currently trying to organize a comprehensive rule book for a board game I have been designing for some time now that is about to go into a testing phase. This being my first ...
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What's a good source of generic pieces/components?

I'm interested in building up a decent collection of generic components that I can grab when I want to throw together a quick prototype of a game. I'm not aware of any "component collections" that you ...
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Creating A Board Game [closed]

I'm no expert in Board Game making and wanted to ask you people a question. I'm making a board game me and couple of friends can play. The problem is that i decided to keep 200 tiles for a very big ...
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Can a solo game be converted into a cooperative game (and vice versa)? [closed]

Note: this is not (just) a theoretical question. I have been asked to develop a solo game mode for the game that I am working on, and I'm wondering if I should start with a cooperative mode instead. ...