Before I thought board games were just board games, and I just played them. But I didn’t really think about how they were made. I started thinking about that even though some board games were really near to what I want, not so many board games were exactly what I wanted to play. So I decided to make one that I’d like to play.
I started thinking about what kind of board game I should make and what I liked. Brendan and I brainstormed about some topics for what the game should be about, and we decided it should be something with building and attacking.
We talked about how the rules should work and how to fit them all together. I got some ideas from Clash of Clans, an iPad game. We decided there would be rules about getting resources, the weather, disasters like volcanoes and tornados, pirates, attacking and defending, creating bases, and other things. We also made rules like moving one square cost 1 step and on the sea, it costs 2.
When I went to Germany, and after I got back we started to play and test if it worked. It turned out pretty well, but some parts didn’t make too much sense, so we changed them to make it better. For example, we took out some rules about the war base.
We called it the Never Ending World Game, and later we shortened that to NEWG, it represents what it is and is super-easy to pronounce!
The Darwin Games
Brendan (my Friend and mentor) and I had a plan that every week we would research a famous person. One week we decided to research Charles Darwin – a famous scientist. First, we read the book Who Was Charles Darwin to get a quick overview of him, I got really interested in his theory of evolution, so I decided to do a project on that! We decided that we would make a board game and a card game.
In the board game, there are 16 triangle tiles – each one represents a different biome, there are three biomes in total and also three kinds of birds, you can move the birds every turn and each bird lives best in the right biome. If a bird is in the right biome it produces food, and you need to give each bird food in order for them to stay alive. You also need to use food to create more birds! In the end, whoever has the most birds win. This board game is similar to evolution, the birds suited for a biome continuous to live there, the others die or move on.
The card game is more about knowing Charles Darwin, there are two different kinds of cards – event cards and date cards, if you match them correctly you get a point, whoever has the most points when time runs out is the winner.
I extremely enjoyed making the board game, and I will defiantly make more in the future!