Tabletop Game Competition Fall09

Overview

Create a tabletop game such as a board game, card game, or tile based game. Work in teams of 2-5 people to create the concept and balance the gameplay. We will brainstorm some themes at the beginning of the competition in case teams have difficulty deciding on one.

The competition will also serve as an end of semester party. Pizza and pop will be served.

Date & Time

December 17, 2009 - 10am-10pm
Location: Room 3240 at SFU Surrey

  • 10am - Brainstorm themes and form teams
  • 2pm - Pizza time
  • 7pm - Start to play test games
  • 10pm - competition ends

Rules

  • Games should take no more than 30 minutes to play
  • You own all the rights to the game you make
  • You give the Game Developers Club the rights to display your names, pictures, and information about the game for promotional purposes

Supplies

We cannot provide enough supplies for everyone so you'll have to bring your own. Here is a list of suggested material to bring. If you're making a board or card game you'll likely want to bring art supplies to create them. Also there is a dollar store in the mall if you need additional supplies.

  • paper
  • drawing materials (sharpies, crayons, pencil crayons, pens)
  • paint and brushes
  • scissors
  • exacto knives with cutting mat (if you are working with thick cardboard)
  • ruler
  • glue(sticks and the wetter stuff too)
  • tape
  • dice (D6, D10, D20 etc.)
  • play money
  • playing cards
  • tokens (even pennies are useful)
  • recipe cards (very useful)
  • thin cardboard (like from cereal boxes)
  • thick cardboard
  • foamcore (if you are hardcore or rich).
  • LEGO (people and blocks)

These items are not allowed

  • any cards not from a standard deck of cards (eg. Magic The Gathering)
  • boards from already made boardgames (like snakes-and-ladders or monopoly) [unless you are going to turn them over and glue paper to the other side for YOUR game board]

Judging

Judging will take place while everyone is trying each other's games out. Everyone who has played a game may judge it and to be fair everyone should try every game. Games will be evaluated using a 1-5 scale in three categories. The final score is an average of the categories.

  • Game concept - Does the concept relate to the gameplay?
  • Game balance - Is there more than one winning strategy?
  • Fun - How much fun was it to play?

Prizes

Prizes have not been finalized although we are considering buying the winning team a copy of their game from The Game Crafter. Alternatively new or used board games or video games will be the prizes. If there is no clear winner we may just pick names from a hat.

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