The golden idea for board games began in 2008 when Adam Poots was awaiting his jury duty and invented a manual role-playing game to kill time. When he was reading through the game’s mechanics, he was struck with different ways to improve the game’s mechanics. In 2012, he started a Kickstarter for his RPG project, asking investors to invest $35,000 in his board-game idea. It was a surprise when it became one of the most funded-board games in the history of Kickstarter, which led to KingdomDeath, one of the most popular role-playing board games of those times.
If Adam could do it, you can do it too! Following the right steps and choosing the right avenue for the project idea. Here are a few steps to create your board games for commercial or personal entertainment.
Play more games and brainstorm ideas
Although it seems quite obvious, it is important to understand that ideas might not originate from the top of your head without understanding the different types of board games in the market. You can improvise the already-existing games or find something you’re passionate about. You can draw maps, add characters and build a story around all the bits and pieces.
Outline all your ideas
Once you brainstorm your ideas, it is essential to outline your killer ideas. You cannot sell your ideas unless you write everything down in detail. However, the first two steps do not happen overnight. For example, it might take a while to develop the best idea for a board game.
Build pieces and expand
In this step, your board game will start to take shape. During this step, you can draw it, print it, or even use different software designs and models to build the outline of your game. Irrespective of what you choose, ensure to bring out the rudimentary aspects of the game and that you bring out those aspects in some way or another.
Testing your game
Once you have the pattern, the pieces, and everything else, you must test how the game works. Again, you can find people to playtest your prototype. This step is as crucial as the first step as it lets you know how the game flows in different directions and how you can improvise it to make it more interesting.
This step is a real-life beta-testing, where potential hindrances may occur due to unforeseen complications. Also, not all players think the same way. Hence, a dry run on your board game will create different winning and losing possibilities and help you find loopholes if any!
Selling your game
If you find the game satisfactory and your friends and family love it too, you can sell them by registering your game for copyright and selling them in nearby stores and game shops.