Board game development

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Board game development is the process of creating and developing a board game.

Steps[edit]

Board game development is generally broken down into six steps:[1]

Content analysis[edit]

This is a form of brainstorming aimed at creating a list of suitable topics which fit with the theme of the game.

Incubation[edit]

This involves subsequent reflection on the list of topics and the addition of new topics.

Chunking[edit]

This involves assigning the topics to one of the following gaming elements:

  • Pieces
  • Patterns
  • Paths
  • Probabilities
  • Prizes
  • Principles

Aligning[edit]

This involves aligning the content structure with the game structure.

Drafting[edit]

This is hands-on experimenting with the physical elements of the game and the development of an explanatory set of rules.

Incubating[edit]

This is a second period of reflection allowing the sub-conscious help come up with more ideas.

References[edit]

  1. ^ First Steps in Board Game Design Archived February 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. by B. J. Dodge.