Battleship Redux and Remixed

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.

*Having a “hunch” or knowing exactly where the other player places their ships has no advantage.  Peek all you want.

 

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.

Have Fun!

Snakes and Ladders with a Twist

MOD A BOARD GAME

STEP 1: PICK A BOARD GAME TO MODIFY

I will be modifying the board game- Snakes and Ladders. The original rules and materials for this game is listed here.

STEP 2: THINK OF NEW WAYS TO PLAY ON THE BOARD

I will be using UNO cards and trivia questions (questions can vary depending on who’s playing) in order to play this game.

STEP 3: PICK A NEW GOAL FOR THE GAME

The goal of the game of the game remains the same- try to reach to the 100th step before your opponent.

 STEP 4: CREATE A NEW CORE MECHANIC

Players will get a chance to roll their die and draw an UNO card and also have to answer a trivia question.

STEP 5: WRITE RULES

If you role a 1 or 6 on the die. You are eligible to draw a card from the UNO deck and  one of the team player will pick up a trivia question to ask you. If you don’t give the correct answer- your turn gets skipped.

If the card is a number you can move that amount of steps right then

 

If your card is a reverse card, you have to go back the steps you rolled on the dice

 

If your card is a wild card, you can role again

 

If your card is a draw 4 or draw 2, you can use that against an opponent making the opponent go back 2 or 4 depending on the card drawn

 

If your card is a skip card, then you remain where you are and your turn gets skipped.

STEP 6: PLAYTEST YOUR GAME

My best friend and I played this game yesterday since it was only the two of us, the game took some time. I wasn’t getting much in having to draw “draw 4 or even a 2”- it was him who would get them the most and of course I would have to go back the steps and the most annoying part was when moving back and landing on a snake! -_- which would lead me to do down another 10-20 steps. The game was very fun to play but I just wish I had better luck in playing so.

I used to play snakes and ladders with my friends when I was younger. When I got the project to modify a game, snakes and ladder jumped in my head right away because it is my favorite board game. First I thought of adding playing cards to it, but the playing cards were simple and I could not add much to the game with them. Then I thought of the UNO cards, because the UNO cards have many more variety of cards involved I was able to add more twist into the game. The game was more fun with the new twists using the UNO cards. It got harder because you would never know which card you would draw; the cards can be your friend or your enemy.

We played the game again using trivia questions, it became a lot harder since it was not just based on luck anymore. This time around I won 😀 I was able to answer most of the trivia questions correctly which lead me to moving on with my moves on snakes and ladder. The trivia questions adds more fun to the game. I suggest you should give this game a try and see how you like it!