Boardgamizer.com: Board Game Design Idea Generator

How many times have you sat down to design a board game… but you just couldn’t come up with an idea to get you started? Sure, you cleared your schedule to get in some good design time, locked the kids in a cabinet for the night, paid someone to literally whip you into productivity (You’ve all done this too, right? Right???) and yet the best you can come up with is “something with cards, maybe a medieval theme.”

Enter the Board Game Design Idea Generator, a website that does all the hard work for you–coming up with your next great board game theme, mechanics, victory conditions, and even constraints. All you have to do is push a single button et voilà: instant Spiel des Jahres.

Give it a whirl. Maybe you’ll get such delightful combinations as “fighting for survival in an epic simultaneous-action-selection moon battle” or “a trick-taking game about teleporting athletes… while tracking down the hidden traitor.” Whatever it is, the Board Game Design Idea Generator is sure to generate you some respectable board game design ideas.

Also, I’m currently working on a similar project entitled the Random Playtesting Feedback Generator. Save yourself the trouble of diligently assembling prototypes and gathering groups of friends and skip straight to the results with such random critiques as:

  • “There’s too much downtime between turns.”
  • “Why can’t you handle bidding like Power Grid does? That’s such a better game than this one.”
  • “I know you explained it three times and it says it right there on the board, but what are the actions I can do on my turn again?”

[99% Inspiration, 1% Desperation: Board Game Design Idea Generator]

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