Game Business Classes
Game Construction Accessories
Here are some links to various "tools of the trade" that will help you prototype your game design idea.
If you've got some money to invest in your game-making ventures, here are some references that you might want to check out:
Class Support Material: Assorted blank grid sheets, cards, and counters
This free download is a .zip file with square- and hex-grid paper, blank card templates, and blank counter sheets. Each is presented in MSWord .doc files and is presented in various sizes in an 8.5" x 11" format. You can easily manipulate every file.
Web Site: Board Game Design . com
Need dice, cards, timers, blank boards, boxes, tokens, pawns, poker chips, etc.? Need information, inspiration, or a publisher for your Graded Course Project when it's done? Be sure to check out the links on this page for game pieces, fun stuff, and specials.
Web Site: eM-4 Game accessories
This British supplier has reasonably priced, excellent "Euro" quality game components for sale. If you inspect their catalog link, you'll find other interesting odds and ends as well.
Web Site: ProtoParts
Blank-faced dice, game boxes, mounted game boards, wooden cubes, blank card sheets (poker-size, perforated) ,and 60-second sand timers are all available for sale individually at reasonable prices.
Web Site: The PiecePack
Flexible. Portable. Affordable. Public domain. The piecepack is a set of board game parts that can be used to design and play a wide variety of games. Anyone may design and publish a piecepack rule set. Any manufacturer or individual may produce piecepacks. Maybe these generic pieces are right for you and your game design?
Web Site: Arts & Crafts: Making Your Own Game Counters
The most daunting task in creating your Desktop Published (DTP) game is going to be the creation of the counters [i.e., its "units" or "game pieces"]. It's not simply a matter of glue and cut, even when all you have is the sheet of counter graphics and a cardboard backing to attach it to. It's amazing how hard the process can become if you get picky about the appearance and quality.
Web Site: Blank Cards
A frequent question I'm asked is where to get blank cards and/or be able to print your own professional quality cards. This link provides an excellent answer.
Web Site: Dundjinni
Dundjinni is a full-featured fantasy map creation program that allows users to create walls and floors, place objects, insert text, and more. It includes many different objects and textures (over 190 images) and there is a free demo available. This product will help you to print out compelling, playable game boards.
Web Sites: Board Game Supplies, The Game Store.Com, The Gamer's Guild
Pawns, tokens, dice, sand timers, play money, chips, and other accessories are sold through these links. Following them might show you to all kinds of inspirational goodies that can stimulate your game design creativity.
Web Site: Wargame Maps & Symbols
This site provides, for free, the official British Army approved military map marking symbol fonts. There are lots of cool downloads if you're making a military-type game.