MOD A BOARD GAME – BATTLESHIP
Step 1-Pick a board game to modify
The board game I chose to modify is Battleship because it’s one of my favorite board games to play for as long as I can remember.
Step 2-Think of new ways to play on the board
Bowls containing pieces of paper with coordinates
Step 3-Pick a new goal for the game
The goal of the game is exactly the same as the original – to sink all of the other players’ ships.
Step 4-Create a new core mechanic
Players will get a chance to pick a coordinate from the bowl. By modifying the mechanics of the game, it becomes a game of random luck rather than skill and strategy.
Step 5-Modified rules of the game
Set up the game as per the original directions. Once the ships are in place (each player may place the ships where they choose), the players have 2 bowls next to them. The first bowl contains pieces of paper with “coordinates”. e.g. H-4, B-3
The first player, instead of calling out coordinates for his missle strike, will do the following…
1. Draw a piece of paper from the first bowl with the coordinates.
2. Read the coordinates out loud. (e.g. D-6)
3. The other player will place a “hit (red) missile” or “miss (white) missile” on that location.
4. The paper that was drawn will be placed in the other bowl. (to prevent each player from drawing the same coordinates)
This is repeated by each player until all the ships of the opposing player has been hit.
Step 6-Play test your game
By modifying this game, I was able to play it with my five year old daughter and I didn’t have an advantage due to skill or strategy because she won! She understood that she won due to the coordinates that she drew from the bowl rather than being allowed to win. The reason I chose to simplify the game is because it gives younger (4-6 year old) players a chance to win when playing against older players. The original rules of the game were still a little tough for her to comprehend. The random nature of the new rules makes it a bit more fun to play against someone less skilled or much younger than yourself.