Board game development

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


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.


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


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

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


This involves aligning the content structure with the game structure.


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


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


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