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Help! - Student Designing Board Game

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Hello, my name is Matthew Calderbank. I am a student at Colchester Sixth Form College and I am currently working in my second year. For this year’s A2 project I have decided to create a Junior Monopoly board game, in which I will design the box, the pieces, the inlay/packaging of the box and also the graphics on the box and the board. For my preparation work I am required to research into any available source, and hoped that you may be able to help me. After some research I am now aware that a junior version of the game is already available but I will continue with this idea for my project regardless, as starting again would mean a great deal more work in what is a challenging project anyway. Any information will be helpful and therefore if you could answer a few simple questions I would be very grateful.
First of all I need to know what type of board to use. I would like to have a different design in terms of shape to most other boards and would like to find out what different shapes are the best, including shapes that fold up giving a smaller surface area to fit into a small box. If you know of any examples I would like to take a look at them. Thanks for your help.

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Help! - Student Designing Board Game

Hi

Monopoly is one of the worlds most known game and there exist a lot of copies, variants and look-alike games. If you are interested in variants and what exists I suggest that you use Board game geek . You can find several strange versions of that game (some are even playable).

Monopoly is one of the world most protected game. Hasbro (they bought Parker Brothers and got hold of this game together with several other world known games) are hard on there claims. Monopoly was patented 1934 (or 1935) and with a 50 year patent, that is not valid anymore (Hasbro can not claim the mechanism) but they still have name, logo and other things around this game. Even if this is just a student project I would be careful in what I use and how the result is published (if it clearly is shown that monopoly is a base and you have in any way used the name or the logo, I would never publish the result anywhere, specially not on the Internet).

If you need a base for the game board start to take a look on the protopart. He has standard blank game boards to use. If you want to do something different (design of the game board), then draw the shapes you are interested in and view them in this forum (you will get the best result if you have something to show before the discussion starts). You will have a lot of comments and ideas (I think that it will be a good exercise in how to redo something old to get a new look).

// Johan

Anonymous
Help! - Student Designing Board Game

Hey thank you Johan, these websites have been quite useful, you dont know of any more websites do you? at the moment i am in the analysing existing products phase of my project and picking out strengths and weaknesses in them so this has been quite useful.

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Help! - Student Designing Board Game

Does your project include the creation of a new game (game mechanics etc) or just the physical production of the game (graphics, playing board, packaging)?

Anonymous
Help! - Student Designing Board Game

Monopoly Junior already exists http://www.hasbro.com/default.cfm?page=browse&product_id=9071 and they even have Disney specific editions. I don't know how much that helps.

Jesterhawk

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Help! - Student Designing Board Game

Thanks, yes i has heard of the junior monopoly that is already avalibe but im creating my project without doing much research into that because it may end up narrowing down my ideas, and im trying to create a version as though it was the first of its kind on the market, but thanks anyway.
In answer to jwalduck's question, i am mainly creating the game without going into game mechanics and rules, and concentrating on the graphics and size/shape of the game board, box, box inlay, and pieces/cards.

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