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Katherine
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Hi all,
can any one advise how to get an electronic version of a board game made? I have had several bits of advice;

call for tender
submit idea to existing electronig game company
take a course and do it myself (impossible)

thanks

apeloverage
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do you mean

like a software version, or an actual physical game but with electronic elements?

Katherine
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electronic versions

sorry should have clarified.

electronic elements.

apeloverage
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are games like that

still popular (or even available)?

InvisibleJon
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Just off the top of my head...

If you can be very clear about what you need the electronic component to do, you could try starting a discussion about it over at the forums for Make Magazine: http://forums.makezine.com/categories.php

The folks over there strongly support the DIY movement and are very creative. Helping out with a board game could be the kind of they they'd really get behind.

tdishman
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Depends on the game

Without knowing anything about the game you're proposing, it's impossible to know how difficult it would be. I am currently a software developer, but I started out as an electrical engineer (designing circuits and boards for various projects). Programming and building a "Simon" handheld game is not terribly difficult, but only because the game is pretty simple.

There are many small businesses out there that do this type of design work. The expense comes when you want them to create prototypes for the boards & enclosures. The initial R&D is going to be expensive depending on the complexity of the game (these companies want to become the manufacturer for you, but will charge accordingly for the initial research under the assumption that your idea will either fail, or will be taken elsewhere for assembly).

Again though, if your game is simple you could probably get away with very basic components and you might be able to do it yourself. I just don't have enough info about your game to recommend anything.

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