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Oct 21, 2014

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Board game 2

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CTS FINAL PROJECT!BOARD GAME!!

!FNBE JULY 2013

AMANDA NG WEI XUAN

CHONG YEE CHING

SHARON LIM YU JUNG

LEE THIM KHIAM

TAN YUEN XI

YONG SEEN YEE

INTRODUCTION

For our Creative Thinking Skills final project, we are assigned to create a new board game, Beforehand, all of us had done our individual proposal and form a group of 6. Our group members are Yee Ching, Sharon, Amanda, Seen Yee, Yuen Xi and Darren. Jerrys (Yee Ching) proposal was chosen and we decided to start work out our board game with the theme of military and strategy war game with the name of World War 2.5.

In our group, we decided to divide our task among our members. Our eleents include the game board, instruction booklet, netting, game pieces, promo CD, packaging and the cards.

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Holding Net

Account by Amanda Ng

Our group came up with an idea of making a holding net to put the cards, dice, tokens, guidebook and also promo CD. We would like to install the net at the back of the wooden box cover. Its sort of like holding net showed (figure 1.1). Thus, we start out our task by harnessing all the required materials especially the suitable net with elastic band.

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Figure 1.1

After that, we came out with the design template of the net with suitable compartments measurements and arrangement. As shown in figure below, our design looks like this.

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Figure 1.2

All the materials I used includes the net bought from Daiso, sewing set, elastic band, felt and pins.

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!First, I cut the net to three long rectangular pockets for the pieces and cards and a large square pocket for the guidebook and CD according to the measured size. Three dividing felts were sewn across the each of the three long pockets to divide it into three identical compartments. To prevent the edges from fraying, thin strips of felt were sewn around the fringes. Then, I sewn the opening edge with elastic bands to ensure the pocket can holds the items securely by preventing them from falling out. After that, I painted the nettings with black poster colour paint to suit the rustic army theme. Lastly, we fit the nettings together using the heavy duty thumbtacks.

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!Packaging

Account by Yong Seen Yee

During the Deepavali break, I went back to her hometown. When I went to my uncle's industry, she realized that he has collected some woods for recycling. After getting uncles permission,I started to look for the ideal pieces of woods. I soon started my work after harnessing all the materials needed. I spent almost two days to measure, cut, drill, nail, sand paper and nail the pieces of plank into a nice wooden box. Below is the picture showing how it looked like. !

! !After I finished my duty of making the box, we discovered a few problems with its function. The previous idea of our packaging is using butt hinges and padlock to secure the lid with the box. But since we decided to make the game board to fit inside the box itself, we found that the hinged face will greatly restrict the players movement and the lid will accommodate a large space while playing. After discussing with the group member, we decided to use the idea of putting loop latch (figure 1.4) instead of butt hinge (idea credit to Ng Yuheng). By installing 4 loop latches at the sides, the entire lid of the box can be lifted and put aside. Besides, we decided to install two holders at both sides so the box can be carried easily (figure 1.5). Besides, we nailed two strips of MDF board on the lid to make it looks more like an army crate.

Figure 1.4 Figure 1.5

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Instruction Booklet

Account by Darren

Although this task was assigned to me, I had ideas compiled from the other members. The design was complicated as I personally wanted it to be based on a war themed basis. To make it look like its based on a war theme, the rule book had to look like a case file, like the ones secret agents would use to look at profiles or cases. Below are examples of how I pictured the rule book to look like.

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!After taking into consideration about the shape of the file, I decided to get a normal pocket file and yellow manila cards to get the shape right. Unfortunately, after trying to do so, the pocket file ended being too flimsy and the colour would not have matched the war theme. Shaking the file under sand and dirt to get that old vintage feeling made it worse. Therefore, we decided to go with a semi hard board. Once we got it done, we slapped a typical Classified sign onto the board and bent it. Our initial idea was to slap even more signs onto the booklet, but then we realized that it would end up looking like a mail package instead of a case file. To make sure it doesnt bend back out, we bent it in between so that the board evens out and does not bend backwards. The board is somewhat bendable but at the same time, very solid. The result of the file is as shown below.

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The initial idea for the pages of the rule book was to use very thin paper, shuffle them under sand to make the pages look used and finally crumble them to make them look used. Eventually, I figured it would look like trash if he did that instead. Therefore, I decided to get tracing paper for the pages. Seen Yee suggested grey coloured paper, and so I included her idea in as well. After putting both suggestions for a voting session among the other members, my idea was chosen. As in my opinion, the reason why I chose tracing paper is because it had that vintage feel, and it probably suited the War Theme better than almost any other type of paper. It is thin and also somewhat durable, making it durable for its quality. Deciding on the type of font used for the rules was another tricky task. I went on with Arial Black, but it was too simple, and it had no relation to the type of font used in case files. After searching through the types of fonts in the list, I finally found one that perfectly resembled the war themed font. The font is called Courier New.

Example of the font (Courier New): Hello there! I like cats and potatoes.

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!Then, to hold the pages to the booklet, we decided to go with the old binders where ropes were used to bind pages together.

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Game Board

Account by Sharon

Following the design by Yee Ching, we decided to tie our game board with the military rustic theme. Before we start, Yee Ching and I went shopping to buy all the materials needed such as texture mat, paper clay and etc. Yee Ching designed the steps and layout so I helped her to cut it out from the board. After finishing the cutting task for the entire afternoon, we started our next task at Archi Studio with the help of our member, Yong Seen Yee. First, I measured the precise width and length of the box to ensure that the board can fit exactly into. Then I cut out the hardboard according to the previous measurement and glue the textured mat on the board. We placed the 66 steps accordingly and glued it on using PVA glue.

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!!!!!!!Then came the fun. We used the paper clay to shape mountains and ridges which will be placed on the board later. While waiting it to dry, we design our landscape by placing stones of different tones and textures and some self-rolled dry bushes around. After the paper clay dried, Yee Ching painted it with poster colors using brushes and hands to give a few touch of boldness. Lastly, we placed everything in the layout and secured it into the box and completed our very first landscaped game board evocative of a barren arid desert.

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Game Pieces

Account by Sharon

Most of the game pieces were bought from the stores such as dice, hour glass and soldier pieces. I was the driver for the shopping trip to buy all the items with Yee Ching and Darren. We just modified the big dice by sticking 6 paper dots of different color indicating the 6 bases in the game and blacken the ordinary dices facet number 6 to suit our agenda. For the soldier pieces, we went to the shop Yuheng recommended but unfortunately the pieces were out of stock. Luckily, they were willing to give us some of their extra pieces, so our problem was solved.

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Game Cards !Account by Yee Ching !For the game cards, I have to categorized the weapons, manpower, transportation for every cards, points and tasks, etc. I jot down everything I thought of before I start designing the template for the cards, Sharon and Seen Yee also helped me in thinking for the tasks and categories for all the weapons, army, transportation, etc. Here is the notes we had made before start off doing the template. ! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!After all the tasks and categories of the cards are settled, I had the notes with me to start designing the cards. Since I only know the basics for photoshop, I googled online to learn how to control and use photoshop for futhur editing, I spent about 4 hours just studying photoshop, it is totally not an easy task, then I started doing the template for the cards, our board game is mainly about war, so I chose a vintage yellowish background for our cards, and started putting in the weapons, drawing out every small detail, jotting down the points and powers for every card and also the categories of the cards. ! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Designing the template was the most hectic time, it almost took me 6 hours just to draw out the template for every cards, the small shield for the power and fire for the mark at the