2 November, 2008
Based on last week’s feedback, it seems there is some interest in doing a shared project. I’ve decided that a board game would be a nice first step. As Aaron pointed out, this also allows us to focus more on the game instead of computer tech.
So this first week we’re going to do our research to learn more about doing a board game. This won’t be the only research we’ll do, but it’s the important first step.
Read on for more thoughts and some guidelines for the project.
First, let me set some expectations for the project. I primarily want this as an exercise for people to enjoy. I don’t really plan on putting the game together and formally trying to get it published. Depending on the skill set we have here, there might be a handsome PDF file people can download to build their own game set.
Second, even though I’m calling this a “board game”, it could also be a card game. Depends on what theme and mechanics are appropriate. Also note that this is going to be a fairly lengthy process, since each step is going to take about a week. Also note that I might abandon this project if interest wanes significantly. A week without a reply to a post will tell me people aren’t interested. So, please, make sure to participate.
Also, if you’re thinking Monopoly when I say “board game”, time to expand your horizons. Go check out some modern games. The classic is Settlers of Catan, which Randy Farmer dubbed a “co-opetition” game. The game is interesting because of the variable game board, as well as the aspect of having to cooperate with other people to get ahead of the pack.
So, for you research, go out and post a link to a resource about board games in general. Or, post multiple links. Links to books will help, too, but it’d be nice if everyone could read the info online. Any information will be helpful. Try to find information about an area you might not be well-versed in. For example, what steps should you take if we were going to try to publish the game?
Here’s my contribution: Brenda Brathwaite’s Blog. She’s actually been constructing a board game, and has interesting links to other resources. Brenda worked on the Wizardry series of games, so she has a long history of game design. She’s now teaching game design and been looking into non-digital games, hence the board game project she’s been posting about.
So, what are the fruits of your research? What will help us on our project?