An overview of my board game designs

One of the things I'm most passionate about is boardgames.  I'm a thinker and boardgames are all about thinking.  My friends and I, blokes and gals sit down and play once or twice a week.  Some times we play something complex and long.  Other times not.

But the aim is always to have fun.

As I'm such a fan, I've designed a few games of my own.  You can download the files here.  Print them out for your self and play them.  My philosophy of design is if you can't fit the rules on both sides of one A4 sheet of paper, it's not simple enough.

Go forward rugby.

  2004

I thought I'd have a go at designing and abstract rugby game.  It focuses on ruck/mauls and moving the ball up the field.  the card rack is divided into 5 slots. As players (the cards) try to move the ball up the field, the cards in the opposing slot will try to tackle them and steal the ball. If they are unsuccessful, the whole rack moves forward. If the rack moves past the goal line you score.
If you enjoy wood work,  this is a good excuse to make a cool card rack.  Or you can use the template in the files to make a cardboard one.. 

A game for 2 players lasting less than 30 minutes.

Click here to find out more and download, print and play files.

Country Trains.

© 2006

My most popular print and play game.  Over the years, more than 50 people have downloaded this little tile laying game where you build a track network and move loads around it to earn money..

A game for 2-4 players lasting less than 60 minutes.

Click here to find out more and download, print and play files.

 

Port Singapore.

© 2008

Your boat is by the  wharf,  You have a crew ready to move the cargo aboard.. But wait!! A rival crew is trying to pull your boat along the wharf to load their cargo on it.  But this will never do.  "Roll up yer' sleeves and bare your knuckles men and we'll sort this out.."

A game for 2-4 players lasting less than 60 minutes.

This game is not working properly yet..  But when it is, you can come here to print and play for free.

Flee for your lives.

© 2011

The volcano is erupting!! Gas, tsunamis, lava and giant cracks all threaten your very existence..  Gather into groups use the best transport you can find to flee for your lives..

A semi Co-operative game for 10+ players that could be over in a flash!!

This game is not finished yet. But when it is you can print it out and play it for free....  

Tricky Pirates

© 2015

A trick taking game (because my lady loves playing 500). Three suits that allow you to move or shoot or stab.. The winner of the trick takes the major action. If you followed suit but lost you get a minor action. Actions are sinking ships, killing opposition crew and recruiting new crew for the ones you lost in your pirating. The cloudy wind tokens can be moved around to stop boats sailing "against the wind" across some of the boundaries. We play the prototype with beer bottle caps for pirate ships. This seemed appropriate.

A semi combative game for 2-4 players that takes about 45-60 minutes

Click here to find out more and download, print and play files.

Castle Poker.

© 2015

A medieval castle building card game that takes about 30-40 minutes. Players try to make the best poker hand they can, then bid against the others that their hand is better. If you have the highest hand and have bid the most building stones, your castle gets closer to completion.

This game can be made from a standard 52 card deck with six printable stickers pasted over the Jokers and the eights.

Click here to find out more and download, print and play files. 

Yarloop.

© 2016

South east of Perth Western Australia, lies the little timber town of Yarllop. Behind it are the forests of the Darling Ranges. For more than 100 years, the people of Yarloop milled timber from that forest, brought to their saw mills by a network of tramways.

Yarloop is a tile laying game where players try to place their worker on newly discovers timber coups or the expanding tram network in an effort to score points faster than everyone else.

A game for 2-4 players that takes 30-40 minutes.

Click here to find out more and download, print and play files.