January Book Report: Fantasy
Due Date: January 31st
Projects Due: Game Board Project
Steps to Create a Board Game for Your Project:
1. Keep the theme of your game in mind. The game should be a reflection of your fantasy
book. The characters, setting and theme should all be reflected in all aspects of your game
(i.e. the game pieces, the decorations, the rules, the game cards etc.)
2. Map out the rules and directions for the game. As much as possible, try to keep the rules
simple, so that new players will catch on quickly and will have fun playing the game. Here are
some things to keep in mind when creating the rules:
What is the end goal of the game?
How would the players win?
What are the minimum and maximum number of players that can play?
What are the pieces needed for the game?
How do you know who gets to go first?
3. Sketch a rough draft of your board design. This will allow you to determine whether you
need to include more or less details in your final design. For path games, make sure to add start
and finishing places, and to set out a clear path or road for the character(s) to travel along. The
average numbers of boxes on path games is 22 boxes. You can choose to create your own
designs for the images and pictures that will go on your game, but if you would rather use
ready-made images, there are many resources on the internet and you can also reproduce
pictures from your book itself. Be sure to use elements of as many characters, themes and
settings as possible!
4. Find a material for your base board. You can use a sheet of paper, but it would need to be
laminated so it is waterproof and won’t get easily ripped apart. It might be better to choose a
sturdier material such as cardboard, card stock or poster board, so that the game pieces don’t
fall over easily. You can even use old pizza box or the cardboard in old binders. Another
option is to use a game board you don’t play with anymore and paint over it or cover it with
something like contact paper (or even use the back if it is blank). Please limit the size to that of
regular game boards. A regular sized poster board is too large so simply cut it down to the
desired size! Decorate the board with the design that you sketched. Note: Use pencil lightly
first so you can make changes as needed before tracing in something permanently. You can
also create a box to store your game in such as a pizza box, shirt box etc.
Make your game board design as vibrant as possible, in order to capture and maintain the
interest of the players. There is no limit to the things that you can use to decorate your board –
use ready-made printouts, patterned paper, paint, marker—anything that will allow you to jazz
up your board and make your design really POP!
5. Create the game pieces. You can draw the images on paper and then tape or glue them to
your preferred materials, such as light cardboard (the type used on cereal boxes).To make the
pieces stand, cut out a strip of cardboard that you can fold into a 3D triangle (similar to picture
frame stands), then stick to the back of the piece for support. Another way to make game pieces
that stand is to glue craft foam to the bottom of the folded piece of paper. You could also use
pieces from other game sets.
If your game involves the use of a dice or spinner, you can just use the ones from your existing
games, or create your own from cardboard and markers. File folder material works great for
these as well.
6. Test and retest your prototype design with patient friends and family in order to iron out any
unforeseen bugs or pitfalls. Ensure that the game rules are fair and that the game concept is fun
and educational to your audience. Be sure the game doesn’t end too quickly or take too long
Don’t make a game that someone who hasn’t read your book can’t play successfully.
Play around with the rules. For instance, rather than always moving a set number of
spaces in a path game, provide the player with incentives or special tokens to move in
different directions for a set time period. Add game spaces that take you to other spaces
or would triple your next roll. Have a different end goal instead of merely landing on
the “finish” space—land on the water fountain 10 times, collect all the gold pieces, etc.
You can choose to make a “finish” space, or you can make it loop like Monopoly does.
It’s all up to you.
If your board game design involves straight boxes, use a ruler when laying it out on the
board in order to make it look nice and neat with even boxes.
Get the opinions and ideas of others before you finalize your game.
Look at games you have played in the past…what made them fun to play? You are
definitely able to utilize ideas and concepts from current games. Look how many
different variations there are of Monopoly using different themes!
Keep the board game neat and professional looking. Don’t be satisfied until you get the
job well done!
Be sure your rules include necessary things like how many players, who goes first etc.
Be sure to play your game before you turn it in to make sure it is playable and easy to
An important goal is that people will enjoy your game so much they will become
motivated to read your fantasy book for themselves!
Don’t make the rules too complicated. Keep them short and simple.
Make sure that your game rules are fair. The point of the game is to create an enjoyable,
fun way to learn about your book. It isn’t fun when people are arguing about the rules.
Make sure that you can have an obvious winner! Be specific in your rules!