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Designing an Educational Board Game

Workshop, American University in Cairo
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Anastasia Salter

on 12 February 2015

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Transcript of Designing an Educational Board Game

Board Game Design Process

1. Brainstorm a purpose
2. Choose a central action for play
3. Plan a unifying concept
4. Imagine your game space metaphor
5. Design your system and pieces
6. Prototype your playable design
7. Playtest your game concept
8. Revise and eliminate "unfun"
9. Finish your rules and materials
10. Share your game with others!
Stage One: Concept
Designing an Educational Board Game
Anastasia Salter
@anasalter
An educational goal that informs your design choices and is fundamentally integrated with your game mechanics
why board games?
Complex transparent systems of representation and interaction
unlike a video game, you can easily "see" the rules set and understand the choices of the system: the players are the engine
low barrier to entry
1. Brainstorm a purpose
2. Choose a central action for play
3. Plan a unifying concept
Stage Two: Prototyping
4. Imagine your game space metaphor
5. Design your system and pieces
6. Prototype your playable design
Stage Three: Playtesting
7. Playtest your game concept
8. Revise and eliminate "unfun"
9. Finish your rules and materials
(repeat until satisfied)
Share your game!
What does a board game need?
(a space)
(players)
(chance)
(rules)
skills
knowledge
empathy
perspective
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