Last Friday, we started our series about designing Lego® board games. In PART 1, we talked about developing your ideas. Today, we are going to be talking about building the game. So, pull out your notes from PT. 1, and let’s get started!
STEP 1: Decide the size of your board.
Wait, I thought we finished developing the game? Well, we did- we just need to figure out the size of the board. I decided to build four 8X8 isands connected by strips of land with a large body of water in the middle. It may also be helpful to sketch out the idea, or, even better, use graph paper. Each square can represent a space. I would write down how many spaces you need.
STEP 2: Decide what parts to use for spaces.
Now, you need to figure out the spaces for the board. A couple of ideas are 2X2 jumpers, 2X2 plates or tiles, 1X1 plates or tiles, and sideways bricks. Jumpers and plates are ideal for making sure pawns and other pieces stick to the board, but tiles and sideways bricks are ideal for a professional sleek look. I would decide which you have the right colors and amounts for to decide. If you have enough of both, chose which you want. I’m going to use 2X2 plates to accommodate my armies.
STEP 3: Build the board.
Now you need to build the base of the board using large plates. However, depending on your take, there are a couple ways to take this:
- After you build it into the shape and size you need, put on the spaces.
- Build small sections that connect in modules to create big boards fast or allow randomization such as in Catan®.
- If you are using sideways bricks as spaces, you can connect them to form the board.
Here is my board:
STEP 4: Create the pawns and other components you need.
Now you need player’s pawns, dice, resources, and anything else you need. Pawns and can be as simple as 1X1 bricks or micro-figures, or more complex. Sometimes even Minifigures work! Just make sure they fit on your spaces properly. In some cases, there may be other parts a player can put on the board. Some examples are vehicles and buildings. In these cases, gather small parts and build them to the size you need. Since my spaces are 2X2, I built planes with 4 pieces (7 with the stand) and ships with anywhere from 4 to 6 or 7! Resources can be bricks, accesories, or anything else you can think of that would work.
Another option is to use parts from other games. Since I don’t have the Lego® dice tiles, I used real dice from other games. I also used Sequence chips for currencies (pieces I often use for my homemade games. Every one with money uses it).
STEP 5: Put it in a box!
Now, you should probably put your game in something to keep it safe. Some ideas are plastic containers, Ziploc® bags, or boxes. If you’re up for the challenge, you may even add some images or designs such as words to replicate the front of real game boxes!
Stay tuned for part three. And no, we’re not done yet. We still have to make the rules- and play the game!