Boardgame Design Portfolio

Skint To Mint boardgame Quickplay Rules

Being in a somewhat niche market like boardgames can lead to interesting phonecalls! A recent one was from the Reserve Bank who had an existing boardgame called "Skint To Mint". It's aimed at raising financial literacy and teaching people about the difference between...

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Game Drive boardgame

GAME DRIVE: Race your fellow conservationists from Camp to each of the wildlife reserves. In those reserves, complete Game Drives with Animal Photo and Tracker cards, and use Rangers to protect the Big Five. Along the way, look out for flash floods and elephant...

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Time Zone boardgame

David and Margaret Allis of Edugames came to us with a box re-design job for their award-winning game Time Zone. The original box was starting to look a bit dated: [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes"...

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Happy Sheep

Happy Sheep's a fast, fun game of memory, deduction and bluffing. It's a fabulous family game, but it's also got enough calculation and deception to make it a great light filler for serious gamers. The lovely thing about it is that is seems very simple: lay out the...

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Five Men Standing

You're poised on the emerald pitch at Eden Park for the Final of Rugby World Cup 2011. It’s the dying moments of the game. The score is deadlocked and the crowd is screaming. The ball is passed out to the back line: the outcome hinges on what you do next! Five Men...

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Snacks and Bladders

Snacks and Bladders is a wonderful exploration of the human body and the food we eat to fuel it. Correctly identify body parts and make wise food choices to stay ahead of your opponents as you travel through the digestive system. An entertaining way to learn about...

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Toppletree

Grow four in a row but don't topple on your go! What do you get when you cross Connect-4 with Jenga? A game that everyone wants to play again immediately after they've finished their first game! A delightfully tactile, action-packed game that builds to a nail-biting...

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Frogmail

It’s a race to post the most and discover New Zealand along the way! Frogmail keeps hands and minds on the hop... *     Choose a native frog stamp *     Find towns and landmarks on a NZ map *     Affix stamps to postcards and post them in the box *     Look through a...

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The Terrific Tuatara Trail

Ready to take the ultimate journey of discovery? Travel through time and rediscover New Zealand’s rich historical past.  Answer questions as you go, and earn points by collecting worms, wetas, millipedes and beetles. The player with the largest collection of delicious...

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Cognition

No matter what your thinking style, Cognition is a game that is guaranteed to test your mental stamina and tickle your funny bone in equal measure!  Designed by talented (and slightly twisted) Kiwi brothers David & Andrew Akers, Cognition is the perfect game to...

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Trilith

Trilith is a 3D connection game for two players, played on a square 9x9 grid board, with simple rules, complex strategy and cut-throat outcomes! A gladiator type competition between two opponents that will force you to outwit, outbuild and outmaster the competition in...

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Monkey Mayhem

It's night time at the zoo. All the visitors have come and gone, and the zookeepers have headed home. Amongst the packing crates scattered around their enclosure, the monkeys gather for their regular competition! Each Sunday night, the monkeys race to push the crates...

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Moa Hunt : Off The Beaten Track

Building on the achievements of The Amazing Moa Hunt, this is the first expansion pack. You need the original game to play, but this adds a new set of intriguing (if less well-known) Kiwi places. We rolled some of the Amazing Mammoth Hunt improvements - the clue sheet...

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The Amazing Mammoth Hunt

Riding on the success of The Amazing Moa Hunt and The Great Goanna Hunt, we turned our attention to world geography. For The Amazing Mammoth Hunt there were a host of key changes that make it, to me, the best of the three 'Hunt' games. Firstly, we went to a huge,...

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The Great Goanna Hunt

Soon after The Amazing Moa Hunt hit shelves, it was seen by an Australian games distributor, who got excited about an Aussie version. So we went full steam ahead and soon The Great Goanna Hunt was in game shops and Australian Geographic Stores throughout the big isle...

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The Amazing Moa Hunt

This is the game that started our involvement with boardgames (although Minty had certainly played enough of them in his time!) Romina Marinkovich had created a pencil-sketched geography game to help home-school her kids. She asked Bek if she'd bring the graphics up...

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WebDU 2009 Trading Card Game- rule tweak!

So we all know about the theory of adding a flaw to a perfect creation, thereby even further highlighting the glory of the endeavour? Well, that ain't what happened here. It's a simple cockup, and we don't like to be at home to Mr. Cockup. Last year the card game...

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WebDU- 10 days away! With a card game!

WebDU is only ten days away and I'm getting more excited than a tweeny at a Jonas Brothers concert! There's a stellar line-up of speakers across 5 massive concurrent streams. My only concern is that I'll probably jump from stream to stream, and as we all know, you...

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Webstock Trading Card Game – Post Mortem

The Webstock Trading Card Game was an evolution of the one Kai and I ran at WebDU, but this time there were 28 cards (instead of 15) and more attendees. So with lots more rules and potentially heaps of entries, how did it go? Well, from my end, brilliantly! There was...

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Webstock Wellington post-mortem

Whew. Back from Webstock, and I'm both exhausted and inspired!     It was my first Webstock, but I loved the genial atmosphere and excellent organisation. Mike and Tash, ably assisted by their fabulous special agents, have something very special going on. And hey, it...

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Webstock Welly conference and card game!

Those of you who were at WebDU last year will no doubt remember the joys, tears, triumphs and trauma of the Trading Card Game that Kai Koenig and I ran. Well, we're at it again at the fabulous Webstock Wellington! Here's one of the cards, designed by the fab Ange...

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WebDU 2008 – Trading Card Game post-mortem

Whatever nervousness I had about the WebDU Trading Card Game rapidly disappeared as it quickly became apparent that most people at the conference, from speakers to attendees, had caught the trading fever. It was lovely how enthusiastically people embraced the idea,...

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WebDU 2008 Trading Card Game

We all know that we'd trade in our kick-ass hi-tech jobs in an instant if it meant we could spend our lives designing and playing games, right? I mean, the new features of Flash Player 10 are amazing, but how can they compete with the latest...

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