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Design competition question - game components

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Question on the game design competition:

Normally when you design a game you make cards, pawns, tokens etc. – i.e. game components.

When you type the rules you would include these components as part of the game and how the game is played.

Since the game for the competition can only be sent electronically how do the components work? Should we design the game and the rules to use everyday items that a judge play testing the game can get hold of without having to make components? For example, in the rules I could state - ‘One players units will be dimes and the other pennies’.

If I did write my rules using coins, paper, or other generic items I would hope it was common knowledge that a real copy of the game would have real game components and I would not be judged poorly because I was so cheap as to have players scrounge coins to track their units.

Any help appreciated.

Thx

pibb

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20-03-2003 at 11:10, pibb wrote:
Normally when you design a game you make cards, pawns, tokens etc. – i.e. game components.

When you type the rules you would include these components as part of the game and how the game is played.

Since the game for the competition can only be sent electronically how do the components work?

Pibb,

There is nothing stopping you from making electronic cards, dice, counters, boards or cards. The judges expect having to create the games before playtesting them. That being said however, you might want to consider making it as easy as possible to create the games. Consider using standard file types for media (like .pdf and .doc). Also consider using standard sizes for your components. For example, the game I am submitting has cards. I am setting up my cards to print on standard Avery business cards. This will make it easy for the judges to create the cards. All they have to do is purchase a few sheets of the business card media, print it, then punch them out. It won

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Design competition question - game components

Also note that in this thread, contest judge (manager?) Ed Evans notes that sending in physical prototypes is acceptable as well.

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Design competition question - game components

Good point FL, that had totally slipped my mind. Thanks!

-Darke

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Design competition question - game components

Thanks Darke.

Since I am new to this I will ask another question.

Do the judges expect a professional finished product in this competition or would a prototype quality game be good enough to

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I can

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In nearly every field of endeavor the appearance of an item and its function are designed by different people, and this is most certainly true in the mid-to-high end of the gaming industry. Smaller companies and self-publishers often design their own final graphics, of course.

I would think that as long as the appearance doesn

Anonymous
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I can speak for at least one of the judges... :-)
No, I don

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