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Make your own board game

As early followers of mine already know I tried making a board game which I called Joust. The idea was to use up scraps I’d normally waste. There are plenty of tutorials on You Tube on all the elements you’ll need to make your own game. Joust needed over 160 playing cards, plus another 80 to make up the board. I no longer have a printer so it’s took me ages and I lost patience with making anything that folded.

If you need playing cards for your game the backs of them usually need to be identical so I would recommend using wrapping paper or stickers to make them more interesting. If you don’t have a guillotine or find you can’t cut down cards to be identical as I did… with scissors. The easiest solution is to buy blank precut ones. They come in a range of colours and you can also buy blank playing cards already with designs printed on just one side.

For folding boards so you can store the game when not is use I found that using cloth on one side and thick card the best solution so long as you allow for a slight gap so it will fold easily. I also found folding a board into a square a disaster but you might have better luck.

Dice, 30 second egg timers and spinners are readily available quite cheaply. You can make a dice shaker from an old spice container and decorate it to fit your theme if you have one and the counters could as simple as be old wine bottle tops buttons.  The rules for Joust are simple, you play it like Ludo but you have to Joust and complete tasks along the way to win enough points to get into the castle in the middle to win the game.

Stuck for a game idea? Well there are plenty out there for you to make your own personalised version. When I looked at the types of games I like playing I came across a few like Sequence and Chinese chess I’d never heard of so looked up the rules to save me the bother of trying to write them. Always bear in mind the age range and abilities of players while you are making your board game for. While some love complicated rules and levels, most family board games are deliberately simple to follow to be as inclusive as possible.

One last thing… Never share your masterpiece with others without copyrighting it first if you don’t want others claiming it as theirs. Big games manufacturers will only be too happy to claim they knew nothing of you should you want to make money from your idea in the future.

The internet seems to be having hiccups today as I’ve tried loading this one 3 times now to edit  out mistakes due to them.