Board game design, Learning

Print & Play version of my game-under-development: Voluntarios

An early version of "Voluntarios"
An early version of “Voluntarios”
This blog is to learn about game design. And writing about it most certainly helps. But doing it helps even more!

In fact, I’ve been “doing” it for a few months now. The most progress I’ve made with “Voluntarios”, a game where you try to do as much good as possible by working in a voluntary organization.

The game has been under development for a few months now and in that time has gone through numerous iterations. And though it works, there is always space for improvement!

One of the lessons of game design I’ve already learned is that you can’t do it all on your own. I’ve been staring myself blind at Voluntarios and it’s gotten to be very difficult to look at it with a fresh eye. So I need some help!

If you have the time and inclination I would very much appreciate it if you could test out the game and send me feedback!

The game can be played with 2 to 5 players and takes about 15 minutes per player. It is a tactical game of resource gathering and placing, while keeping an eye on your reputation within the organization.

Below you can download the different parts of the game:

To play, print out the cards and board (and the rules if you want) and cut out the cards.

Next to that you will also need (for each player):

  • 4 discs / pawns of the same color
  • +/- 8 playing pieces that indicate “normal volunteers”. I use red cubes which I borrowed from another game. These can be exactly the same for each player.
  • +/- 5 playing pieces that indicate “wooden boards”. I use yellow cubes from another game.
  • +/- 5 playing pieces that indicate “coins”. I use coins from another game.
  • +/- 3 playing pieces that indicate “phase finished tokens”. I use black pawns from another game.

If you take the time to play I would very much appreciate any feedback you have!

A more (but not most) recent version being played
A more (but not most) recent version being played
Specifically I would like to hear about:

  • Did you enjoy the game? Please be brutally honest (I can take it!)
  • Anything that is unclear in the rules
  • Any questions that came up during play
  • How long did the game take (and with how many did you play)?
  • What did you like? What should definitely be kept in?
  • What was boring, difficult to understand, tedious, uninteresting? What should be changed?
  • What is your overall feel of the game?
  • Anything else you are willing to share

Feedback can be sent to:

I hope you enjoy playing as much as I enjoy making this!


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