Simplicity is good!
  • Come up with a simple board (paper sheets, circles, what you have or create).
  • Use elements eg cards, fields, questions. Questions are devised by players about their culture, monuments etc.
  • A game doesn’t have to be complicated to be enjoyable. In fact most successful games have simple rules but big possibilities of manipulation
  • People generally don’t like to learn and nothing discourages new players more than thick rulebooks. Because of that, most games have Quickstart rules, to allow new players jump into action without studying for hours all the nuances.
  • Because of the very short time given to the participants to invent their own game, even more so the game should not be complicated.

Test your board game with your family and your friends. They will love to give you feedback!

Random/Reason Balance
  • The more the player has to think, the harder the game. Most games take much of the thinking off the player through random decision making. The player doesn’t choose what to do – the dice decides, or the random card he takes from the stack.
  • Games which give all the decision to players are usually 1-on-1 logical challenges, which can be fun and very satisfying, but to most people they feel more like effort than fun. Because of that such games are not very social and so not good for this workshop, which aims at integration.