The nightmare of parking at UOW is still a reality, and my board game is coming along! I’ve started drawing out maps of my game board, I am trying my hardest to incorporate the university map into the game! I want to print it out on a proper large scale board. The first link I cam across has cheap options for boards to be built in the similar size to what I want to make. it could cost about $20 for the board from this site however I plan on looking at more local based board game printer’s etc. I have looked into Makeplayingcards.com for potential playing cards to go along with the board. As I plan on using photoshop to design all cards and the board I am going to have to figure out sizing, layout etc which isn’t something I’m overly confident in when it comes to printing. I have tried to do a very basic draft of the layout on photoshop, it looks like it was made in Microsoft paint, but I will begin to design a second draft soon with potentially a different layout. As much as I think it would be awesome to incorporate the map of university I feel for a better layout and longer board game I might need to make a custom map with various “road” options.
The idea behind this map is to have 4 potential finishing options. The members will all start at the same position and go along the same road and eventually each can choose which car park they want to target as their finishing positions. The idea is that each player can make their own strategy of what car park they want to target, and also the risk that they will take in order to get to that desired car park. For example the carpool option will have game places that allow them to pick up random people along the way, however unless they land on them then they can’t pickup the person. The Permit holder option will be a road that has potential pieces to pick up a permit somewhere along the way. I am still undecided on whether I will be writing these options on the game pieces or have game pieces that correlate with certain cards to pickup. I will definitely be changing the above map and make it more interacted.
In terms of marketing, i don’t actually know how far this game will go outside this subject. I would love it to be played by other university students across campus, the jokes will be very tailored and targeted to people that go to UOW so it won’t be something I can promote our market outside of the university. If the game is successful, fun and easy to play I could approach the uni if they wanted to buy a few for maybe first year classes as like an Ice breaker game for new students. I think it would be a funny game for the new students at uni to play and learn about the horrors they will face every week parking at UOW.
The game overall is still on track, I plan to continue to draft board game layouts and ask others for more opinions on what will work and what wont work before I decide on whether I will print onto the actual game pieces or make cards.