Board Game Challenge 2017

Our Summer Board Game Challenge is for ALL AGES! Create your very own board game (or card game) and “showcase” it at our Game Night on Wednesday, August 2 at 6:00pm. 

 

REGISTER HERE!

Very Basic Guidelines & Info

  • Your game can be a board game or a card game.

  • Be Family-Minded! Keep your game content within an acceptable norm. Everything should be free of vulgarity and suggestive references.
    (Think - “Apples to Apples”-appropriate, not "Cards Against Humanity.")

  • We encourage you to create a demo/instructional video using McMillan Library’s Media Studio! This video will be posted on the Library’s Gaming YouTube Channel.

  • 3D printing specialty game pieces is a possibility, use our Media Studio!

  • Teams are okay! Design by yourself, or grab a friend or two. Creating a game together would be a great family activity!

 

Resources:

How To:

Where to start? Right here! These are the basics of the entire game design process, complete with tips and ideas you may not have thought of.

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Your-Own-Board-Game

 

Want more? This guy outlines the design process and has gathered tons of links for when you want dig deeper into game design.

http://www.jamesmathe.com/so-you-want-to-be-a-tabletop-game-designer/

 

Tips for writing instructions, if making a video isn’t your thing.

http://sedjtroll.blogspot.com/2015/03/tips-for-rules-writing.html

 

Not a beginner's resource, but Board Game Designers Forum is certainly comprehensive.

http://www.bgdf.com/

 

Books:

The Kobold Guide to BOARD GAME DESIGN

The game inventor's guidebook : how to invent and sell board games, card games, role-playing games, and everything in between

Game design

Maker projects for kids who love games

Journey to gameland : how to make a board game from your favorite children's book

Cool board games : crafting creative toys & amazing games

Board game builder : Milton Bradley

 

Inspiration:

Game Night at your library! You’ll get great ideas by playing games you’ve never tried. Drop in anytime from 6:00 to 8:00pm the first Wednesday of each month, or check us out on YouTube and BoardGameGeek to get a peek into our collection.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/McMillanMemorialLibraryGameNight

https://boardgamegeek.com/collection/user/McMillanLibrary

 

Attempts to catalog every game published! 90,501 and counting!

https://boardgamegeek.com/

 

Materials:

Repurposing old game parts is the easiest way to make your game. Goodwill is a great place for old games if you don’t have one you want to use at home.

 

Everything you could want to know about making every part of your game!

https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/848512/all-diy-links-you-never-knew-you-needed

 

If you decide that you were meant to be a game designer, maybe you’ll want to buy a DIY Board Game Kit that uses dry erase to design again and again.

http://www.amazon.com/DIY-Board-Game-Make-Your/dp/B00M85C8Y6/ref=pd_sim_21_6?ie=UTF8&dpID=51m4DLe6W3L&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL320_SR294%2C320_&refRID=0NZC45M5411G1MEQN4P1

 

Publishing:

Printers for self-publishing for personal use or retail.

http://www.boardgamesmaker.com/

http://www.printplaygames.com/

http://boardgamedesign.com/

 

Some games got their start on Kickstarter, like Exploding Kittens!

https://www.kickstarter.com/

 

Some publishers accept submissions and might get your game into stores for you!

http://stonemaiergames.com/about/submission-guidelines/

http://www.indieboardsandcards.com/publishers.php