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Lesson 1 - Market research

First of all, you need to do a bit of market research.  Market research is the method of looking at what people want or enjoy and then using this information in your own project. For this particular project, we'd like you to first investigate different types of board games; these could be ones that you have in your cupboard, ones you have played at a friend's house, one that you have perhaps played in school! Then, using a table like the one below, research and evaluate at least 5 board games.

Name of game

Type of game (luck/skill)

Age range

Number of players

Time it takes to play



Luck. Counters and dice. No cards or writing anything down

5 years upwards

Up to 4

10 minutes +

An easy game to understand and play. No complicated rules. Rules are easy to adapt to suit players. Golden Genie adds a different element to game but does not have to be used. 


Once you have done this, ask your family's opinion about which board games they most like to play and why.  For example, my daughter loves to play Monopoly because it can last a very long time and she likes the way fortune can turn around at any time.

After analysing your research, you need to decide what type of game you would like to make. For example, will it be a simple 'Snakes and Ladders' type game, or a more complex 'Game of Life' style? Will it be a game of luck or a game of skill? Will it use cards to decide a player's fate? Don't worry too much about how it will look and what it will inlcude, just a basic board game idea is all that is needed now!