The Green Box of Games is a game system for creating and playing a great number of board games. A standardised set of components that fit into a relatively small box, to make this like a deck of cards, only for board games. I want the set to be able to mimic existing great games, as well as spur the creation of new and original great games.
The components are:
* 36 tiles showing 6 different symbols on the front and a single black point on the back
* The tiles can create square or hex grids, and have markings on the sides that fit together to allow for more spaces in the intersections, as well as supporting hexagonal intersections even though the tiles are square.
* Standard 8mm wooden cubes, 20 each in four different colours
* Using these standard items really makes the different games you can play feel like real euro style games
* 54 cards with a system combining the 6 symbols with the 6 colours (4 from the cubes+b/w) and numbers from 1-6
* 9 cards with each symbol and 9 cards with each colour
* Number series 1,1,1,2,2,3,4,5,6 for each symbol or colour
* Two standard dice, just because.
Examples of games you can play:
Checkers, Othello, Ludo, Go, Backgammon, Halma
Inspired games, i.e. adaptations/versions of games like:
Catan, Carcassonne, Manhattan, Diamant, Cartagena
Grenade Salad, String of Beads, Make Way, Crafty Explorers
See the blog for all currently developed games: www.GreenBoxOfGames.com
* The blog is updated continuously with new games and other information
* Print'n'Play files will be available shortly (within a week?)
* Tiles and cards will be made available on www.thegamecrafter.com right after that
* A limited print run will be available for purchase at Spiel '16 in Essen this October
* Depending on the reception and feedback from these activities, a Kickstarter campaign will probably be launched during winter
Sound interesting? Follow this thread, or the blog, or the facebook-page for updates!
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- Posted Sat Aug 13, 2016 9:59 pm
Print-and-Play now available!
Find the files at https://greenboxofgames.com/download-print-and-play/
Essen Pre-order now available!
A limited print-run of the Green Box of Games will be available for sale at the Internationalen Spieltage game fair in Essen this October.
Submit this form to preorder a copy, and come to the Aporta Games stand at 1-D109 to pick it up:
The set will be available in two versions, with or without an actual box. Without the box the components will be contained in a single zip-lock bag.
The box design will be ready early September, and will feature a scoring track on the back to be used with games that have scoring along the way.
Without the box: € 15 (Fair price € 20)
With the box: € 20 (Fair price € 25)
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Sounds a lot like Piecepack.
It sure does :-), and I already posted at length about this in the Piecepack forum: So... It's like Piecepack...?! (the Green Box of Games)
I had not discovered the Piecepack when I started working on the Green Box.
The basic idea is the same, to create a "deck of cards" for board games, but I've summarised the differences in the componens here:
- There are 6 different symbols (which makes it more like the SixPack)
- There is no fixed link between the colours and the symbols, so considering there's numbers as well this provides three dimensions that can interact in a given game, or not.
- The tiles have only a symbol, not a number or a colour
- I use standard wooden cubes as pieces, so they have only a colour (no symbol or number), and I feel these cubes really contribute to create the feel of a real eoru game experience
- There's a deck of 54 cards that link it all together, combining symbols, colours and numbers
- There are a lot more components than a standard Piecepack, with 36 tiles, 54 cards and 80 cubes forming the base set.
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The Green Box project has passed a milestone this week, as we have completed the design and ordered the production of the first print run of the Green Box of Games.
This Very First Edition is being printed in only 100 copies, which will be made available for sale at the Spiel 2016 Game Fair in Essen this october. If you are going to Essen, you can pre-order your copy here: https://greenboxofgames.com/essen-pre-order/
The exact components included in the box are:
- 36 tiles, showing one of 6 different symbols on a green background on the front, and a black diamond shape on a brown background on the back. The tiles are 32×32 mm (1.25 in). On both sides they have markings along the sides and in the corners that fit together to construct different kinds of square and hexagonal boards.
- 54 (+2) cards, each showing one of the symbols and a number from 1 to 6, and having a coloured border in one of red, green, blue, yellow, white or black, in addition to a background patter of either a brown, pink or green tint. The cards follow an intricate system to ensure a balance of the combinations of symbols, colours and numbers to be used in different games. The two extra cards includes one promo card with the address to this website and our Facebook-page, and one card containing 4 different incremental number sequences that can be used as references for scoring systems in different games.
- 80 plastic 8mm “Ice Cubes“, 20 of each in the colours red, green, blue and yellow. The cubes were supposed to be wood, but when we placed the order with thegamecrafter.com the wooden cubes were out of stock, and we do not have time to wait for them to come back in if the game is to be ready for Essen.
- 2 standard six-sided dice, 16mm with dots, one white and one black.
- A very small 4-page folded booklet. The booklet does not contain any game rules, only a brief description of the features of the cards and tiles. Anyone buying this set must depend on this website and their own imagination for providing rules.
- The box itself is 21 x 12 x 3.5 cm (8.2 x 4.7 x 1.4 inches). It includes a scoring track with 50 spaces on the back of the box. Since this Very First Edition is not intended for regular retail, there is little promotion material on the box. The scoring track takes the whole back side, and on the sides of the bottom box we have included symbols, numbers and coloured fields that may be used as features in games.
The top and bottom of the box, respectively.
The 4 pages of the booklet.
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- Posted Sun Sep 4, 2016 10:20 pm
New games for the Green Box of Games published on the website. A total of 21 games now available.
Original game featuring a dangerous race through a track riddled with traps, obstacles and nasty opponents.
Compact version of the classic Othello
You can't play a full round of Go with the Green Box, but you can try a beginner's version.
Nine Men's Morris
Timeless classic :-)
Flick 'n' Grab
Dexterity game with skill, luck and set collection.
The Main Battle
Inspired by Battle Sheep
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- Posted Wed Sep 14, 2016 11:52 am
Things are in motion!
The first print of 100 sets is finished and ready for Essen. Pre-orders are coming in, soon half of these are reserved, with still a couple of weeks to go. Pre-order form here: https://greenboxofgames.com/essen-pre-order/
The game is also now available for individual purchase at The Game Crafter. The price is a bit high for such a small box, but this is print-on-demand after all: https://www.thegamecrafter.com/games/green-box-of-games
I've published a list of the 21 games currently published:
5 more games are currently in drafts, hopefully I will get them published within the next week.