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Board Games to Create and Play

Written by Kevan Davis, Viviane Schwarz

Key Stage 2 Key Stage 3 Activity and Puzzle books

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This elegant, inventive cornucopia of customisable board games will entertain creative kids and adults alike.

Invent 100s of games with friends and family

Featuring over fifty stylishly rendered boards, this is an interactive doodle book with a difference, and certainly takes the lingering trend for adult colouring-in books to the next level.

Most of the book comprises unfinished boards for users to transform into their own tabletop games – twenty designs in all, followed by twenty-five sets of rules for players to choose to follow, each of which encourages creativity with suggestions for fashioning your own versions of classic board games. There’s also plenty of options for users to invent their own entirely new games, with a superb “Stuck for Ideas?” section that suggests fun themes and mash-ups, among them “Throne of Crowns” and “Uninvited Ghost”. There are suggestions specially devised for younger players too (for example “The Magical Maze” and “Lost Pets”) making this a compendium of creativity for all ages.

Taking an average of half an hour to create each game and a further half an hour to play, this provides a plethora of opportunities to exercise one’s cerebral muscles while having a whole lot of fun.

Joanne Owen

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Board Games to Create and Play Synopsis

Create the next Snakes and Ladders, Monopoly, Ticket to Ride or Settlers of Catan with this creative board game book! With over 55 boards to customize, Board Games to Create and Play is a doodle book where every page is an unfinished tabletop game. Just learn the basic concepts, colour and play!

Board games are back in vogue - with board games cafes popping up all across the UK, they're no longer something to play on a rainy day, but a fun and social activity for every day of the year! In this interactive gaming book, Board Games to Create and Play teaches you how, in just half an hour, you and your friends can come up with a new game and start playing immediately. Just decide on a theme for the game, pick a rule set from the book, agree on some variations, doodle onto one of many board game designs and gather your die and counters!

Completely dippable and possible to play in any order, this book is packed with tips, tricks and mechanics on how to design the perfect game. At the front of the book, there is an introduction to how everything works and what you'll need to play the games. What follows next in a beautiful package of 20 board game designs, each repeated three times for replayability. There are then three tutorials and a cheat sheet to get players started, a cornucopia of suggested games to push you in the right direction, and then 25 different rule sets, each introducing a new concept, to encourage players to think outside the box.

Whatever the experience level of players, the game that you create from this book will always be playable, entertaining and surprising. Each board you create is easy to pull out and can be played again and again. So whether you play video games, mobile games or want to have a go at designing the next classic tabletop, this book is perfect anyone who wants to flex their creative muscles!

Board Games to Create and Play Press Reviews

'Will provide hours of entertainment, and includes lots of brilliant tips and tricks to help you design the perfect game'  The Week Junior

'Has everything anyone from kids to adults can use to learn about the mechanics of what makes board games work’   Borg Review

Book Information

ISBN: 9781911624295
Publication date: 3rd October 2019
Author: Kevan Davis, Viviane Schwarz
Publisher: Pavilion Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 178 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3
Topics: Puzzles / Activities

About Kevan Davis, Viviane Schwarz

Kevan Davis is a designer of board, street, web and escape room games whose work includes the zombie browser game Urban Dead and the housework tracker Chore Wars. Viviane Schwarz is an award-winning author and illustrator of interactive books, picture books, graphic novels and craft books. She lectures in illustration and game design at university level.

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