Despite the tremendous popularity of big TVs and all things “tech,” many people still love old fashioned board games. After browsing around Yahoo! Answers, I discovered that not only do you like to play board games, some of you also have aspirations of creating one of your own.
A simple search on “board games” within Yahoo! Answers returns over 13,000 results. A good number of those come from folks seeking information on how to break into the industry. Weasel281 aspires to design games in the toy industry and is looking for help getting started. Another community member, Ajaho, has already made his own board game and is looking for tips on getting it published.
Some aspiring designers don’t necessarily want to manufacture the game themselves — they just want to license the idea to an existing company. Anyone who is thinking about making their own game would do well to check out this question from PhillGood_13. He asks, “What are the most important features of a good board game?”
Building off that question, one might also want to ask what makes a successful game so successful. That’s exactly what jculala365 wants to know about Monopoly. What is it about this game that has made it so popular for so long? The thimble, perhaps?
What about you? Do you still play board games? Have you ever tried to make one of your own? What makes a great board game great? Strategy? Simplicity? A bunch of plastic hippos? Please leave a comment and let me know.
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