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Where I can buy good resources to build games? [closed]

Where I can buy boards, cards, dice, fake money, figures, and any sort of pieces? It would be nice if the store sells on the internet. Another good reason is to buy replacements for damaged or lost ...
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How do I become a professional game designer? [closed]

How I can become a full- or part-time professional developing games? Are there specific courses? What specific knowledge should I be looking to learn? How do I enter the industry?
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Where to go to self publish a game? [closed]

I am interested in a commercial printing company to print my game. I need a US-company where I can print the entirety of my game and have it assembled already when shipped. So far I found: The ...
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Playing Risk in an arbitrary graph

A Risk board represents the map of the world, or of Europe. Thus, it implies some constraints for example on the connectedness of a territory. I would like to explore how graph theory could help your ...
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Can I create my own version of Monopoly and distribute it ?

Can I create my own version of Monopoly and distribute it online or physically ? I see that there were patents filed in 1923 . Can I create an improvement on the existing game and sell it online ? ...
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Tri-dimensional board games: How does the additional dimension extend possible player requirements & game structure?

Recently I saw the Star Trek chess game in a serial and looked it up on wikipedia. It exists as a real game, but it seems it's not too popular, too tricky, too unwieldy to carry and play everywhere, ...
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How to respond to publishers when they ask for rules?

I have a game in development, and I obviously think that it's good. It's fairly easy to play, but it's complex to balance. I have worked long and hard so far to make it almost ready for playtesting. ...
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Board game boxes

It seems like most commercial board games come in the same kinds of boxes. Where can you buy such boxes (without labels already on them)?
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What set of attributes can be used to describe, compare and contrast various board games? [closed]

A recent question about a good mix of board games got me thinking about how one could even objectively define "a good mix". My idea is to try and define a set of attributes that could describe, ...
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How to make a hexagonal board?

Two of my friends and I are developing a board game based on moving around a hexagonal board. We're testing it on the map printed on 4x A4 sheets merged with adhesive tape. What I'm trying now is to ...
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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 to approach picking a particular font. I know that this is partially subjective, however, I also know that from a designer's stand point ...
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Formal Format for Documenting the Game Design Process

Is there a formal format for documenting the game design process? Before you answer with "The Game Design Document (GDD), of course!", in my opinion (and lots of people's opinions as well, I think) a ...
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Sharing Yu-Gi-Oh! card ideas

I have designed a few Yu-Gi-Oh! cards, and I want Konami to review them. Is there a way to submit my designs so that Konami will see and consider them?
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Are There Any Good Tools For Developing CCG Or Other Card Games? [closed]

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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How do I (self) publish a pencil and paper game?

I invented a pencil and paper game that'd be interesting to people who like Hex, Go, etc. Since there's really nothing I can sell, nor any sort of special pieces, cards, boards, etc needed for it (...
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How Would I Get A Modern Diplomacy -"Like" Game Produced?

Some years ago, I created a modern Diplomacy "takeoff" game (with a new name to be determined). The five "countries" are U.S., Russia, China, Europe and the Middle East. The pieces are fleets (F), ...
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Do board game publishers design games 'in house', or do they merely publish games by external designers?

My understanding is that a book publisher typically publishes the work of an author, and takes responsibility for the printing and distribution of the book, and take some kind of percentage of the ...
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What is the duration of copyright on a board game map? [closed]

If copyright on a board game map exists, how long will it last? When does the map become public domain? For example, there are plenty of Sokoban maps on-line. Some of them were created by Thinking ...
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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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A game for two. Should I make it playable by more?

I am developing a strategy game for two players. It is something somehow in the line of 1960: The Making of the President (but less complicated and with a quicker gaming rhythm…) Both the theme and ...
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Board Games development online course [closed]

Are there any online courses like codecademy.com or teamtreehouse.com for Board Games development? Or something similar where you can learn BG development? Also if you know any other useful resources ...
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Implementing a map exploration mechanic cheaply

I'm building a game in which players explore and steal from a castle. There needs to be an element of surprise and risk, so I've been considering a tile-based system like that used in Carcassonne. ...
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How are M:TG cards printed in regards to the rarity of each card?

I've seen pictures of the source sheets. They pack many different cards per plate, not one card repeated a hundread times in the same plate. Suppose that a set contains 300 cards and there are 3 ...
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How can I add a taste of adventure games to my game?

I'm designing a card game based on an ancient fairy tale book. So far my game consists of some hero or character cards with 3 attribute: coins, strength and intelligence. And there are quest cards ...
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Self-publishing options for a card came with box [closed]

I would like to self-publish my card game with a service that will ship the game to buyers. The game would include 45 poker-size cards, 17 A5-size cards, 6 small cards carrying 1-6 numbers (as a ...
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What do board game publishers do? What are the difference between them? [closed]

Board games are usually published by one of a variety of different board game publishers - such as Fantasy Flight or Z-Man Games. My question is - what do the publishers do - and what's the ...
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Publishing a board game with an existing game company

I've read the other questions on publishing games and have noticed that a few of them have been closed for being too broad. Hopefully this question will be a bit more specific. OK I have a game in ...
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Recommendations for making board tiles

I'm designing a board game with a board consisting of hexagonal tiles. I plan to design them on a computer, print them off, glue the printout to matboard, and cut the hexagons out with an XACT-O knife....
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Where online can I post my (free) rules and materials for games I've created?

I'm looking for websites that specialize in providing rules and digital resources for card/board games online. Recently I've been creating lots of simple games for my design classes and I would like ...
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Where can I find a printer for a budget game board?

I'm trying to get a board printed for a game I'm making. Are there any companies/websites that can provide this service relatively cheaply? Ideally, each board would cost $5 or less. The material ...
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How to design a Ticket to Ride fan expansion?

I want to design a unofficial map for ticket to ride. Is there a known formula how to create one, basic ground rules on what makes a playable board? How many cities is playable? What percentage of ...
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which software to use to make the rules's game?

I begin to write rules of my game on Word, but there is something better ? to manage images, backgrounds... etc ? how are the rules of professional games created ?
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How to glue to cardboard without warping or curling

I enjoy designing board games but have very little budget for it. I usually begin with plain paper as I create the first prototype. It is hard to use flimsy paper for a board game board and I want ...
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How to sell a new game, similar to chess [closed]

I designed a board game that is similar to chess, but on a hexagonal board and fundamentally different in a number of significant ways. For instance it can be two or three player, and the moves of ...
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Moddb/Gamejolt alternative for tabletop games [closed]

When designing (any kind of) a game it is best to have feedback from as many people as possible. Since testing with friends may not be reliable enough (they are biased and don't want to hurt your ...
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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 you ...
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Can I create an online version of a game?

Can I create an online version of a card game? Just for experimenting. Is there any possible legal implication? In this case the card game is called Rick and Morty: Total Rickall.
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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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How do I (self) promote a board game? [closed]

I design a board game. It has a Middle Eastern folklore theme. It’s a casual family board game for 2-6 players. It takes about 90 minutes for each level to play. There are total 5 levels and more ...
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"Poker size" cards: layout for easy printing

Related to this question, I'm making a card game and I'm at the point where I'm designing the card layout. Since changing this at a later stage will involve a lot of work, I would like to be sure I'm ...
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Tic-Tac-Toe card games? [closed]

My family is developing a game based off of Tic-Tac-Toe. Only the objective is the same though. Are there any other games out there with similar goals and objectives based off of Tic-Tac-Toe?
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What tools are being used by companies producing connectable floor tiles?

After seeing more and more games like Zombicide using large floormaps that can connect to one another (either by being layable side by side without a hitch or even having connecting parts so that they ...
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Implement unique occurrence against each other [closed]

I am trying to develop a card game, in which I have a situation like I need to present cards against each other in such a way so that they have never played with each other. So in general, I will have ...
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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 to self print/self publish card game [duplicate]

Essentially, I'm working on a little card game. It's my big project for the next two months or so. I've already made quite a few digital designs, and this game would involve nothing but cards, and ...
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Game design and review? [closed]

Where is a good place / forum to get new games reviewed & tested by other game developers and avid players?
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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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