How to Design Your Own Board Game Online

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How to Design Your Own Board Game Online
Creating your own board game can give you a creative way to spend time as a family. (chance image by Francesca Marcolini from

Designing your own personal board game online is fun and easy to accomplish. Family game nights go back to ancient times and continue to be entertaining today for groups of people from all backgrounds. You don't need much to design a board game online. Websites offer a program and tutorial that make it simple and affordable to create a new amusement without ever leaving your house. Microsoft is one example of a company that helps you make a board game online. With their printable template, you will be around the table playing your designed game in no time.

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Inkjet Printer
  • Printer paper
  • Cardboard
  • Digital camera
  • Glue or tape

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    Go to the Microsoft website and download the template for a board game (see Resources). Personalise the board by selecting the colour of each space, changing shapes of spaces, or adding text where you need it. You can also include clip art or personal photos on game spaces.

  2. 2

    Print out your designed game board and glue or tape it onto a piece of square cardboard. Your game board should be 11 inches by 17 inches, but you can make it larger by expanding it and printing onto multiple sheets of paper. Allow the game board plenty of time to dry before using it.

  3. 3

    Create game pieces that will accurately represent each member of your family. You can take some snapshots with a digital camera and print them onto the game pieces, or place a favourite item or hobby on the game piece using a clip art photo or image drawn in a program such as Paint or Gimp or an online program such as Aviary. Print out your game pieces and support them by making foam or cardboard stands.

  4. 4

    Design the rules of your game play. This should involve all members of the family so the game is fair and enjoyed by all. Determine how your game will go, and create playing cards that will help keep you on track. Choose a particular type of game (such as Adventure or Trivia) and follow the example of some of your favourite commercial board games for ideas. Type up a rule sheet and print it out along with your game cards and other created pieces.

  5. 5

    Play your game during a test run. Make sure all rules, pieces and strategy make sense, and store your game in a sturdy box for future rounds.

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