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It's exciting to get a new game in its pristine box, wrapped in cellophane, begging to be opened. Inside you find the game board, colorful game pieces, cards, and, of course, instructions. Instructions are the worst part of a new game. Reading and rereading the sheet of rules, digesting them, and teaching them to your friends so you can get your game on can be excruciating. And how many practice games do you have to play before you really get it?
Instead of learning how to play someone else's game, how about inventing one of your own? Combine the elements of all those games you've played and loved into your own unique adventure using a board game inventors kit by Board Game Manufacturing. Don't be put off by their site's poor graphics and design. Their product is worth the slog through its eye-crossing pages.
I purchased their Junior Game Inventors Kit. The kit includes everything you need to start building a game: a pre-cut box, a blank folds-to-square game board, paper to cover box and board, nine pawns, a pair of standard dice, a 12-sided numbered die, 56 blank cards, and a bundle of play money. You can also purchase a la carte from a long list of goodies. I added a money tray, a set of ten chipboard blanks, and ten stands to the basic kit. They offer an Advanced Game Board Inventors Kit as well, with a mind-boggling array of pieces.
The components of the kit are sturdy and as good as those in a purchased game. There is only one set of instructions: how to assemble the box. Everything else is up to you (although Board Game Manufacturing does offer game development services). They also manufacture board games in large and small quantities.
Perhaps your new game will be reserved for personal use. Perhaps you will create a limited edition game for gifting. Or perhaps you will invent the next Monopoly and make your fortune. It all begins with a game inventors kit.
– Lane Devereux
Junior Game Inventors Kit
by Game Board Design & Manufacturing
Ages 6 and up
$20 Buy a kit here