Getting Started With Developing Your Own Custom Board Game

Gone are the days when developing a board game was a tough nut to crack. Today, building any game from scratch is so much easier that even amateurs can create a customized Monopoly-style game using the right set of tools and available resources. This is unlike a few decades ago when even board game experts had little to no clue on how to get started with creating a game on their own.

In this post, we will look at some of the key steps you need to follow to create an incredible board game that you will be proud of.


Experiment with as many board games as possible by playing them. Make a note of the pros and cons of the games. Once you are done, you will have a plethora of ideas in mind, and you can then start with the next step. That said, you must create a game that you would love to play as a player; you need to think about the key features of the game from the player’s perspective.


This may sound like the obvious thing to do but this is often overlooked. Unless you have the foundation, there is no way you can create something on top of it. You need to get the idea right! You will need a concrete idea or you can write down the numerous ideas you have on your mind. Shortlist the ideas that sound most promising and get started.

Game Style and Theme

Once you have the idea sorted, you will need a theme or style to work on. Knowing what kind of game you exactly want to build can help. Should you be falling short of a theme or design, you can always get help from Google to find some inspiration. Even better, reach out to us, and our team will help you in the best possible way.

Create a Sketch

Post ideation of the game, you are now ready to sketch the game and its components. In this key step, you must also list out the set of rules. When you have the game’s looks and rules figured out, you will be able to carefully craft and fine-tune it. You may create a detailed or a simple sketch for the same.

Create Game Pieces and Expansions

This is the step where things get interesting. There are numerous ways by which you can implement the vision of the board game. You may choose to manually draw it, print it, or use software for the board and game pieces. You also need to keep the provision of adding new things in your game with the help of expansions as and when required. You can use die from existing board games, print/design your own die, or use your smartphone as a die (some apps let you do that!).

Playing Cards

You can also use hand-made cards, printed cards, or virtual cards should you wish to include them in the game.

To sum it up, when you follow the steps mentioned above, you can create a stunning board game that will be enjoyed by all.

At 521 Promo, we specialize in creating custom board games from scratch. Regardless of whether you have an idea for the game or not, we will help you from concept to completion, so you have a game of your own. We have been in the board game industry for 10+ years. We are here to help you make your dreams a reality. You can also use our custom Monopoly-style board games as the perfect fundraiser for your event.

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