Make Your Own Board Games

Many people have ideas for new board games. Turning these ideas into reality can be a challenge, though. Sure, you may be able to raid your game closet to borrow gamepieces, dice, and play money from the games you already own. But then the next time you go to play those games, there are pieces missing. A better option is to get one of these do-it-yourself game kits, which come with all the gaming supplies you'll need, as well as help in designing and printing the game boards themselves.

Kits To Make Your Own Board Games

  • Make Your Own OpolyMake Your Own Opoly
    With Make Your Own Opoly, players can construct a custom made Monopoly type board by using some scissors, a PC and virtually any printer! This game contains everything you need to hand customize the game board, cards, and play money for your very own property trading game. Now you can play the best board game you've ever owned, because you created it yourself!Please Note: Some computer knowledge is required to complete the board, but TDC Games has a very helpful customer support line.
  • Challenges for Game DesignersChallenges for Game Designers
    Welcome to a book written to challenge you, improve your brainstorming abilities, and sharpen your game design skills! The book is useful for professional designers, aspiring designers, and instructors who teach game design courses, and the challenges are great for both practice and homework assignments.
  • Paid to Play: The Business of Game DesignPaid to Play: The Business of Game Design
    Do you have game ideas collecting dust in the back of a closet - or the back of your head? Dust them off, pick up this book, and discover the simple steps to turning your concept to cash in today's game market. Long-time industry veteran gives a concise and complete insider's view of this fascinating world and shares the process of licensing or publishing your board game, card game, or party game for profit. Learn how to protect your idea and how to strike a deal when the call comes. It is all covered step-by-step in this easy-to-follow guide to game design.
  • The Game Inventor's GuidebookThe Game Inventor's Guidebook
    How to Invent and Sell Board Games, Card Games, Role-Playing Games, & Everything in Between! The definitive guide for anyone with a game idea who wants to know how to get it published from a Game Design Manager at Wizards of the Coast, the world's largest tabletop hobby game company. Do you have an idea for a board game, card game, role-playing game or tabletop game? Have you ever wondered how to get it published?

Other 'Make Your Own' Kits

Other Sources of Information About Making Your Own Games

  • Board Game Designers Forum
    This web site is "a helpful resource for all aspects of designing board games: game design, prototyping, playtesting, publishing, and much much more!"
  • Discover Games
    Discover Games is the Internet's largest game promotion community - a resource for inventors to show their board games to retailers and game lovers. Discover Games will allow you to show your game(s) at game shows/conventions, be part of mailings to catalog houses, media and retailers, network with other Independent Designers and much more.
    Game Parts is the nation's largest custom imprinter of dice, sand timers, poker chips, and many other select gaming pieces.
  • LoveToKnow: Make Your Own Board Games
    Sometimes making your own board games is more rewarding than buying ready-made ones. You can tailor the game to anything you want: your interests, your family, or your friends. The possibilities are limitless.
  • Make Your Own Board Games Article
    An article describing the basics of creating your own board game from scratch. Lots of great suggestions.
  • Manufacturing or Marketing your own Game
    An article that describes the manufacturing and marketing options for new game concepts. Includes a list of manufacturers of games parts and boxes, as well as turnkey game manufacturers.
  • Ready-Made Games and Game Boards
    Design and print your own game boards, or use one of the many free ready-made game board templates listed on this site.
  • The Game Crafter
    The Game Crafter is a service for prospective board and card game designers. You can self-publish your own game, with a custom board, cards, pawns, and dice. You can even sell the games you produce, right from the site.
  • Toy & Game Inventor Conference
    This annual conference brings together the nation's leading toy and game industry experts and the independent inventing community to share knowledge, pool resources and generate business opportunities.
  • Toy and Game Invention Forum
    Discuss making your own games with other game inventors. Learn techniques and skill from the community, including how to contact publishers and manufacturers, prototyping, patents, licensing, legal issues, and much more.
  • WikiHow: How to Make Your Own Board Game
    Follow these simple step-by-step instructions to make your own board game using your computer and printer.

Last Update: May 23rd, 2011