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I have students working in groups of four and I have a lot of odds and ends materials in my room to use. Does anyone have experience teaching kids to build board game/card game prototypes? I am concerned about how long it will take or if I will have the materials they will need. I am sort of letting them just jump in with the materials, though I have provided them a lot of learning background.
 
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Pencil and paper and scissors. Slightly more advanced is cardstock, glue, a printer and dice and a knife. Slightly more advanced adds chipboard and spray coatings and rotary cutters, guillotine cutters, corner rounders, and circle punches.

I recommend you look at https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/213586/what-print-n-play-... the monthly PNP builds (often with explantions of how to build) and maybe the PNP guild (also a link at that link). Then, ask people questions.

There are a lot of games made specifically for PNP, some of which are explicitly free. I've made a few you can see in my profile. I might recommend 30 Rails as a 10 page or so simple print. Etc.
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Is there a site that just has a bunch of printable items other than simplistic game boards?
 
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What do you mean by 'printable items'? Here on BGG there are whole games that are printable, to include boards, cards, instructions, etc. Some Print aNd Play (PNP) games are just cards games.

https://boardgamegeek.com/search/boardgame?sort=rank&advsear... is an advanced search on games that were PNP, but may or may not be free. Asking around in the PNP guild may help you narrow your search.


 
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There is also a wealth of info on PNP games at: https://boardgamegeek.com/blog/2020/print-and-play-games-new...
 
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Where do we print all this PNP stuff out?
 
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teachergame wrote:
Where do we print all this PNP stuff out?


Your printer, or a print shop printer. But, some simple games like Max you can do with pencil and paper. OTOH, I'd say Max is only fun for young kids. I was involved in a contest for 9 card games. Some of those might be a bit too detailed for pencil and paper, but games like Love Letter could be personally rethemed as an art project (16 cards).

What age of kids do you work with?
 
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No, I mean where are the links for templates to print?
 
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http://game-icons.net/ is one of my favorite places to go.
 
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Isn't this game design, though? P-N-P games are already "designed."

For kids, I use lots of paper and cardboard, typical craft room stuff.

I also buy packs of the $1 card sleeves and cut out paper to fit in them, so the kids can make their own cards that shuffle easier.

For game pieces, I save plastic bottle caps, which come in a variety of colors. I also have several packs of round stickers in different colors they can stick on them or on the cards.
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On there rare chance your on the level, you need to share more about what the situation is. There is a lot out there and to know where to pint you we need to know whats going on.
 
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ThroughTheDeckGlass wrote:
Pencil and paper and scissors. Slightly more advanced is cardstock, glue, a printer and dice and a knife. Slightly more advanced adds chipboard and spray coatings and rotary cutters, guillotine cutters, corner rounders, and circle punches.



This. Plus a paper cutter than can be set to cut business cards. No knives, though. That kind of thing gets teachers in trouble.

Also: Paper clips, yarn, and those little cubes. If you look at "centimeter cubes"on Amazon (which are very useful for protyping), you'll find a rabbit hole of all kinds of other educational/protoyping tools.
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teachergame wrote:
No, I mean where are the links for templates to print?


It sounds like you're expecting a repository of game boards and cards and the like. That isn't what they've been referring to. The print-n-play files that have been referred to so far are for specific games that have already been designed. They''re scattered throughout the site, on the individual game pages. But I can't imagine that they would be of much use to you. I think it was a poor suggestion to send you that way.

What you looking for is templates that you could put to use in a variety of scenarios, not something already designed for a specific game, right?
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I put together some videos for a "virtual club" I ran earlier this year. I talk about making prototypes in part 4 and a couple friends joined by video to share some good tips too. The series is here on my blog:

http://classroomgamesandtech.blogspot.com/2016/05/running-ga...

http://classroomgamesandtech.blogspot.com/2016/05/game-desig...

http://classroomgamesandtech.blogspot.com/2016/05/game-desig...

http://classroomgamesandtech.blogspot.com/2016/05/game-desig...

http://classroomgamesandtech.blogspot.com/2016/06/question-a...
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