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Jay Norlund
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There was something called Board Boss which is no longer available. Not sure if it was any good. I want to be able to create a board game on the computer (not to print or make physically, just play). Preferably that allows you to make if/when commands and your own board, etc. Anyone know of something like this? Would anything else work?
 
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Kind of what you're asking for, only not exactly user-friendly:
http://www.vassalengine.org/
 
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Take a look at this. I have tried it a very little bit, but I think it might work for what you are suggesting.

http://www.gamemaker.nl/
 
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You can still download Board Boss from the following address:

http://www.onekit.com/store/product/boardboss.html

I see no means to register, but the evaluation version might satisfy the curious. I'm mildly curious, but I don't have Windows to try it out on.
 
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If you want to make abstract board games try Zillions of Games. It has a scripting language so that you can make your own board games. Googling "zillions of games" finds it pretty easily.

There are thousands of abstract board games on its site which have been donated by board game geeks. There are hundreds of chess varients.

You can download a demonstration version which plays about 40 built in games, but it will not play games scripts. You have to pay about 25 dollars to unlock it so that you get about 300 built in games and gain the ability to play games scripts.

I hope that helps. There are various freeware offerings but they are so far behind Zillions of Games, that I preferred to pay 25 bucks and start right into the games.
 
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Zillions is good, because it comes with an AI - teach it the rules of the game, and it will then proceed to beat you

Well, not necessaritly; I find Zillions plays chesslike games very well, and connection games pretty poorly.

There is some support for random elements like dice, but not a great deal.

 
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Thanks for the responses. I downloaded the first two. The third doesn't really fit. Anyone have any recommendations about making an adaption of, or a totally new roll and move game, with cards and situations that force you to move back or start over with an overall goal such as reaching the last square? It looks to me like Game maker is for making actual video games while vassal is really geared toward military strategy games or CCG's. Or has someone found differently?
 
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There is a simple Windows program to speed-up creating and printing decks of cards. It is online here: http://www.nand.it/nandeck

The thread discussing the program is here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/957623
 
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Finally remembered the name: Cyberboard. It's made for play by email. It's donate-ware.

http://cyberboard.brainiac.com/
 
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jnorlund wrote:
Anyone have any recommendations about making an adaption of, or a totally new roll and move game, with cards and situations that force you to move back or start over with an overall goal such as reaching the last square?


If it's a kid's game, then no. If it's an adult game, then my recommendation is don't waste your time. It's fine for kids who are learning to follow instructions. (they read the card and then implement the card's instructions) For adults this is just boring.
 
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taraba wrote:
jnorlund wrote:
Anyone have any recommendations about making an adaption of, or a totally new roll and move game, with cards and situations that force you to move back or start over with an overall goal such as reaching the last square?


If it's a kid's game, then no. If it's an adult game, then my recommendation is don't waste your time. It's fine for kids who are learning to follow instructions. (they read the card and then implement the card's instructions) For adults this is just boring.


I am not sure you got what I meant. I mean I want to be able to create a regular board game in a computer format to play in windows. Such as monopoly, fireball island, chutes and ladders, etc (for example). Vassal helps me come close, but it was made for the strategy set and not with regular roll-and-move board games in mind.

If you did understand what I said and I in turn misunderstood you, I don't know why it would be boring for adults considering the popularity of games like monopoly in software versions.
 
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There's a great piece of software that's missing from this thread's list. There were dozens of popular German games that were made from it.

It was basically just a sandbox, there was no programming or scripts, it was just like having a virtual online board game. You would import the graphics, and it had premade stuff like dice, there were options to "flip" things, options for a deck of cards. Very well made.

Anyone know what I'm talking about?
 
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Is Vassal Engine and Cyberboard geared towards war games? What's the best software to make German-style games?
 
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pschwar wrote:
Is Vassal Engine and Cyberboard geared towards war games? What's the best software to make German-style games?


Although they are primarily used for wargames, they are easily useable for Euros if someone wants to make modules/gameboxes for them.

Someone just recently did the entire Carcasonne Line for vassal quite successfully
 
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