Game Design Toolkits, Books and Other 'Stuff'
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It seems that quite a few of us spend a lot of time on designing games (next to playing them of course). There are specialized forums for game designers both here on the Geek and elsewhere, but there also are some toolkits, books and other (potentially) usefull things in the BGG database. Below you'll find a few. Feel free to make additions.
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1. Board Game: Game Inventor's Kit [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked]
Board Game: Game Inventor's Kit
I think this is the oldest - published - game design kit. Users, however, have limited design freedom because most of the components are pre-printed.
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2. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Accessory [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:5346] [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:134]
Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Accessory
This item, on the other hand, includes a white board and a white box, but also more plastic pieces than in any FFG or Eagle Games product. At nearly $43 it also isn't very cheap...
 
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3. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Accessory [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:5346] [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:134]
Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Accessory
Speaking of Eagle Games, this was anounced by that publisher some time ago, but is - as far as I know - still unavailable.
 
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4. Board Game: Game Design: Theory and Practice [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Game Design: Theory and Practice
This is probably the best known book on game design. I have no idea whether it is actually very usefull, however.
 
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5. Board Game: Wargame Design [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
Board Game: Wargame Design
Similar, but somewhat more specialized.
 
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6. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Book [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:12713]
Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Book
Of course, there are more books on game design available, as this image filed under Miscellaneous Game Book proofs.
 
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7. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Accessory [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:5346] [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:134]
Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Accessory
The Miscellaneous Game Accessory entry in the database is the container for a large collection of images and files showing usefull, strange or otherwise interesting design ideas.
 
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8. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:2966]
Board Game: Unpublished Prototype
And of course, there is this entry, but you won't find anything interesting there.
 
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9. Board Game: Piecepack [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:5870]
Board Game: Piecepack
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Over 100 games (of widely varying quality) have been designed using this public domain game design kit.
 
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10. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Accessory [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:5346] [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:134]
Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Accessory
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