How To Make a Great Game Prototype

If you think you've got what it takes to design board games, you're going to have to sell your ideas with a great game prototype. Here are some tips for making a game prototype that will impress anyone who sees it.

Step 1

Remember that appearances are important. Before you even get a chance to explain your game, your audience is going to make a judgment about it just by looking at it. A great game prototype has great overall appearance. It's colorful, has an attractive box, and appeals to many different age groups. So choose good graphics, a striking font, and use glossy paper when preparing your game board and box.

Step 2

Take the time to write the rules well.  Once you show your initial game prototype, people will want to know how the game works. If you're not there to explain, they're going to look to the instruction manual. This is an important part of your game prototype. Start by listing what's needed to play the game, how to set up the game, and the basic rules of the game. Mention any specific situations that might arise throughout game play, and answer any other questions that players might need to know before playing your game. You may even want to use diagrams in your instruction manual to illustrate difficult concepts. The last thing you want to do is frustrate your players before they even begin your game. So keep your manual simple yet informative. As always, ensure that you proofread it for errors. And have someone else read it to ensure that the rules are easy to understand and follow.

Step 3

Include your contact information on the box. Your game prototype should also contain contact information for yourself. Don't include your personal address or phone number. Rather, state a private phone number or a post office box. People may need to contact you to ask about rules, replacement parts or where to purchase your game. Make sure you keep this information up-to-date and put it in a noticeable place on your game prototype.

Step 4

Distribute your game for free. If you want to promote your great game prototype, you're going to have to give it to the people who matter... for free! Make up several copies of your game prototype to leave with game manufacturers so that they can take their time testing your game prototype. The best way to sell a game prototype is to get people interested in it, and to do that you need to let people play it. So suck up the cost and get your game prototype out there to as many different people as you can. You never know who may see potential in your game prototype and decide it would be a great game to manufacture.


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