Tabletop games making – a beginner’s guide

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We live in a golden age of tabletop games right now. Every major city has multiple local gaming stores. And it seems more and more people discover their geeky side with each passing day.  For example, to name a few, games such as Dungeons and Dungeons and card games like Magic: the Gathering are not just popular among the type who would have a gaming night or go to gaming conventions anymore, but among the general public as well.

 

Up until today, they were the means to travel across to a universe of fantasy worlds for the strategic, dorky, wallflower ones. But not anymore! Nowadays people want more than ever to disconnect from all the technology around’em and feel the thrill a card game gives them. They love to unwind, have their intelligence tapped and at the same time enjoy winning. And the same goes with pretty much all the games out there. There’s one for everybody.

 

So this would be the perfect time to jump into the pool and make your own tabletop game. Be that a card or board game. Especially when you find out how much money can be raised with an awesome idea just by using a crowdfunding site. Read our “Most successful Kickstarter card games” blog to find out.

 

But how do you do that? Know your ABCs…

 

A) RESEARCH

Well, when getting started, research what games already exist. Is your idea something that has already been made? There are hundreds of game creators out there, and you don’t want to put resources into a project that it’s been done already. Be unique and bring something new and interesting to the table to make your mark.

 

B) PLAY & EXPERIMENT

Once you’ve checked for that, comes the most fun part of this process: play tabletop games! Any, as many you can. Whatever game type you want to make you need to know how the best games in that genre work and play out.

 

Say you want to make a deck building game. You need to play other games like this, such as Star Realms, Dominion, or Marvel Comics’ Legendary. Not only do you learn how such games work through playing, but you figure out their qualities also (what makes them good). Will yours be massive or tiny? Should it be in 2d or 3d? Is it quickly to play and easy to learn? Are the characters and environments appealing enough? Can it work as both an adventure game or a strategy one, depending on the play style of your customers? Is there a way for those who care most about winning at tabletop games to get the most out of it? While still allowing those who like puzzle games to figure out the secret tech?

 

C) MAKE THE TABLETOP GAME (and get help)

Once you got all that settled, you have to test your game and then move towards actually making it. Producers, the world round know the first and best thing about how to make one. So get good people to help you. You can’t do it all, and moreover, you shouldn’t. There are people, from the biggest names in the board gaming industry to people who are making indie games online, whose job it’s to make your life easier.

 

Turning your idea into reality you’re going to need some help to create the best game ever. Unless of course you have a degree in game design and can juggle getting financial aid from investors sites like Kickstarter or Indiegogo, work on the graphic design, and schedule play test prep at the same time. But an actual game development specialist, graphic designer, and a project manager to whip everyone together could be great hires. Then, when you start your project on a crowdfunding site, you can include what you paid them in your goal so you recoup the cost. The goal is to publish it.

 

D) LAUNCH & PROMOTE

When you launch, you can do so many things so that your project becomes the best one in the world. This is called game marketing. You can create video tutorials on YouTube and other social media sites so that buzz grows. And so people get to know how to play your tabletop game before they buy it. You can publish beginners guides and game art on sharable sites such as Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr. Buy exactly the www domain it is called and dwell into web design to make the best website ever. In short, hype your tabletop game just about as often as you breathe, and it will be a complete success.

 

It does not matter if your project is a board or a card game. If you follow these simple steps and you have faith in your project, it can be the next Monopoly or Catan or Risk. Or like any of these top 10 best ever card games.


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One thought on “Tabletop games making – a beginner’s guide

  1. Jonathan Wheat says:

    Thanks for this, I’ve been thinking of creating a game, some of the links you listed are very helpful.

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