Johnston Family Game Design: the story of Dice Racerz (or Dice Racers)
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I wanted to tell the story about the creation of our new game: Dice Racerz. While I know this is not the next SdJ winner, we have had a lot of fun as a family putting this together. It was definitely a team effort!
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1. Board Game: Game Design: Theory and Practice [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Not sure what started our game design...we have played a lot of games together, and we have even tried to design a few (Bedtime and 'Merica Super Race). This one I had an idea for a while ago, and it sat as a box of components for a long time. I brought it up after a gaming session, and my daughter and I got it out and starting jotting down some notes.
 
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2. Board Game: Hurry'Cup! [Average Rating:5.50 Overall Rank:13023]
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It all started with the tiles from Hurry'Cup. I had purchased a few copies of this on Tanga many years ago, but the game itself didn't look that good once I opened the box and read the rules. I kept them, thinking I could use the tiles for a game project someday.

One of my favorite game options is a modular board, and I think this is perfect for Dice Racerz...you can make your track as big or as small as you'd like.

Here's a couple tracks we made as we were testing things out:



 
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3. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:421]
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Escape was our first real time dice rolling game. While our youngest still doesn't like the spooky soundtrack, we have had some fun with this one. The fact that it was over quickly and was easy to say "one more time!" was an inspiration to add this mechanism to our game. The fact that everyone is involved all the time makes it a perfect fit for our kids.
 
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4. Board Game: Monster Truck Mayhem [Average Rating:7.24 Unranked]
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This was where I got the inspiration for the real time racing part of the game. I loved the look of it on the kickstarter videos, and was disappointed it never funded.

We use 2 D6s that are numbered 112233, and use the "match to move that number" rule.
 
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5. Board Game: Nitro Dice [Average Rating:5.57 Overall Rank:12455]
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One little addition we made was adding a third "nitro dice". It's the same distribution, but in a different color. It only activates when all three dice roll the same number. You then move the sum of the three dice. This may be a bit overpowered if you make the track too small...but rolling a "move 9" is pretty awesome!
 
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6. Board Game: Super Mario Kart: The Card Game [Average Rating:8.72 Unranked]
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We had just been on a family vacation where the kids were obsessed with playing Mario Kart on their cousin's Nintendo Switch. We hadn't played it for a while on the Wii and they really enjoyed it. We wanted to add some fun powerups like that as part of the race, so we added action cubes on the board. Whenever you landed on a tile that had one, you get to roll an action die:



There are 6 actions:
Yellow (Turbo Rocket): This action only happens when you are in last place. Roll the yellow turbo rocket die (D6) and move ahead that many spaces.

Purple (Nitro Fail): Announce to all players that “Nitro is out!” All players set aside the purple nitro dice until someone crosses the lap line. When a player crosses the line, he/she announces “Nitro is back in!” and all players can pick up the nitro die and continue rolling it. Note: If a match was made at the same time the Nitro Fail was rolled, that roll counts.

Green (Refuel): Collect a green refuel cube from the middle of the track. Once you have 2 refuel cubes, pick up the refuel die (D6) and roll it, moving ahead that many spaces. After rolling, return the die and cubes to the middle of the track.

Red (Sabotage): Give your red Sabotage die (D10) to another player. That player can no longer move and has to roll it. After reading the number, he/she has to roll the same or higher number with their movement/nitro dice. Please note, if the Nitro Fail action has already been taken, the player can pick up the nitro die to use in order to match/exceed this number.

Orange (Backfire): Pick up and roll the orange Backfire die. Move your car back that many spaces.

Black (Breakdown): You can no longer move and have to roll the black Breakdown die (D10). After reading the number, you have to roll the same or higher number with the movement/nitro dice. Please note, if the Nitro Fail action has already been taken, you can pick up the nitro die to use in order to match/exceed this number. These rolls cannot be used as movement.
 
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7. Board Game: World War Z: The Game [Average Rating:4.54 Overall Rank:14834]
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The kids really want to call it "Dice Racerz". My wife does not care for the Z. I wonder who will win that argument?

 
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8. Board Game: We Didn't Playtest This At All [Average Rating:5.60 Overall Rank:10912] [Average Rating:5.60 Unranked]
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It's been neat to watch the kids take ownership of it while we play tested. We tracked playtime, number of tiles/laps, and made some tweaks to the action die and how the powers worked. My daughter even wrote out player aides for the powers.

The kids are now teaching it to their friends, and we have plans to loan it to our neighbors for some blind play testing. It will be interesting to let our creation out in "the wild" to see how others enjoy it.
 
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9. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2242]
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Our big problem with sending out prototypes for folks to playtest is the amount of dice that come with the game. It would be uber expensive to put together a bunch of copies. A lot of them I had thrifted throughout the years, but to go out and buy full sets of these...maybe that's a hint that this game would be hard to produce...but it would be much cheaper when we buy them by the thousands, right?

 
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10. Board Game: Vroom Vroom [Average Rating:5.12 Unranked]
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In a nod to some modern board game designs, the kids are already thinking about the "Vroom Vroom" expansion pack before the game is already done. We have 2 extra cars, extra tiles, maybe tiles with extra features (mud? oil slicks?), "Freeze" tokens, "super turbo D20 rocket"...

Maybe we should get the base game done first, right?


 
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11. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:226]
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Just started dipping my toe into what it would cost to have some box art commissioned. Not even sure how to get started...have browsed some of the postings here on BGG. Have a vague idea of what it should look like, but I am not really the creative type.
 
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12. Board Game: Rules of the Game [Average Rating:3.96 Overall Rank:14712]
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Have a very basic word doc with the rules. Again, I am not even sure how to start down the path of making that look "professional". Graphic design is not one of my gifts.
 
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13. Board Game: Publish or Perish [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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The kids are convinced this will get published. I am sure there are thousands of games right now where their designers have that same thought. I have played a lot of games...I like this one (but I may be slightly biased). Dice Racers is fun if you like fast, crazy dice rolling without taking things too seriously for 5 minutes at a time. No matter what happens, we have had a great time as a family designing this together.

Now to add some miniatures and off to Kickststarter we go! whistle
 
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14. Board Game: Admin Test Item [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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Was fortunate enough to attend a (somewhat) local Protospiel. Lots of good testing, a bunch of cool people and interesting games! Made a lot of progress.
 
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15. Board Game: Dice Racers [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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We actually have a game page! I feel so official. Hopefully this will spur me on to get back to working on the rules. Had a little bit of art made up as well. Slowly moving along...
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