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Board Game Design Software?

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tponisci
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I am starting to design a board game... However, I was wondering if there was any design programs/software that are good to use to design a board game. Any ideas?

Meddler
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If your game includes cards

If your game includes cards or tokens I'd recommend giving Nandeck a look - it's a pretty flexible tool for customised card (or similar item) design. The learning curve's a little steep at first glance but if you simply download some of the example decks on the site it's surprisingly easy to get into I found.

http://www.nand.it/nandeck/

Can't comment r.e. board design or other elements, interested to see if anyone else has any good suggestions in that regard - I've just been using GIMP or Excel/Powerpoint (for the rougher prototyping) myself.

clearclaw
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Design software

Nandeck has the disadvantage oif being Windows-only.

Few of my games feature cards. For those that do I either use a simply lable printing application or a spreadsheet.

Products I use extensively in developing/designing games: TeX/LyX, Inkscape, yEd, spreadsheet, Gimp.

magic_user
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Nandeck works on Linux.

I beg your pardon, but Nandeck works fine on Linux, at least with Ubuntu. I have tested all my decks on Windows and Linux. The author of the program told me how to install the Windows fonts, and after that everything worked fine.

clearclaw
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Still not platform portable

Running under WINE, a Windows-emulator, does not make a product cross-platform.

There are also other OS choices than Windows, OSX and Linux.

FunkyBlue
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It's not free, but it's a

It's not free, but it's a great package if you're making maps and such:

http://www.dundjinni.com/

pelle
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And my Nandeck-inspired

And my Nandeck-inspired (cross-platform) add-on to Inkscape for creating cards/counters/tiles by combining parts drawn in Inkscape with values found in a spreadsheet document:

http://www.lysator.liu.se/~perni/iboardgameexts/

(Also includes a hexgrid generator for Inkscape.)

The idea is that you can use the excellent editor Inkscape to draw all the parts you need WYSIWYG-style, but then have all the values and texts and how many of each card/counter to produce etc in the spreadsheet where it is much easier to edit.

unixrevolution
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clearclaw wrote:Running under

clearclaw wrote:
Running under WINE, a Windows-emulator, does not make a product cross-platform.

There are also other OS choices than Windows, OSX and Linux.

What do you run, Clearclaw? BeOS? FreeBSD? I'm genuinely curious.

I have limited experience working with anything other than simple office suites and image editors to make my prototype games. Of course, I rarely put the effort into them to make them publisher-quality; they're always a little rough.

The Magician
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Map generator

A friend of mine created this website where you can create your own custum world map. I imidiately thought to link it here because it could be of great use to game designers (board game, and digital).

www.zebramap.com

I would love your feedback about the tool so I can relay the feedback to my friend.

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