Playing board games at home is a time-honored tradition. Families gather around and compete in classics like Monopoly, Clue, Chute and Ladders and Sorry. After a while buying, all these games can start to add up. Toys are cheap, and it can even be more rewarding, and fun, to make your versions at home. You can personalize them for your family and add fun, unexpected twists to classics. Making your board games at home does not require much in the way of materials and can be a great way to spend time together as a family. It is a great activity to get everyone’s creative juices flowing and is sure to end in many more game nights to come. Just follow these simple steps and get ready to host a game night!
1. The first thing you need to decide are the ages that the games are intended for. Knowing who is going to play the game helps you determine the rules and design it as simple, or complex as you want. If you are designing for young children, you do not want to include rules that involve any complex math or reading. You want to it to be easy to understand and fun. Same thing applies to adults playing the game. You want the rules to be a little more complex to keep it interesting and competitive.
2. Decide on a theme for your game. Is it going to be skill based with trivia questions and logic like Scrabble or Trivial Pursuit or more luck and chance slanted like Chutes and ladders or Sorry? You can also pick a theme that your game will revolve around such as Candy Land or Monopoly. Pirates are a popular theme, as are ghosts and monsters. Decide what your theme is and the work around that. Use your imagination and explore different ways to incorporate themes into your game.
3. Decide on Rules and Directions for your game. Try to keep the rules and directions as simple and concise as possible. The most popular games have a few simple rules that are easy to remember and follow. Try to include the rules in the game play like UNO. It has only a few simple rules (colors must match colors and numbers must match numbers) and then has some rules on the cards (such as skipped turns and reverse orders). This makes it easy to remember multiple rules and keeps the flow of the game. Be sure to include the end goal of the game, how the player would win and what is the maximum and minimum number or players allowed to play.
4. Create a rough draft of your game. This will help you determine if you need to include any details that may be missing from the game and find any flaws in your construction. It also helps you make sure you have everything needed to play with cards, dice or tokens. If you have created a game with a path, such as chutes and ladders, make sure you have a beginning and ending square for tokens to travel to and from.
If you plan carefully and use your creativity, you are sure to create a game that everyone can enjoy.
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