Saturday, July 11, 2015

Skylanders as a boardgame

My son has been collecting the Skylanders figures for quite some time, and I love the look of these
things, I've wanted to come up with a board game for them for the longest time. Well I finally pulled
Sample card
my finger out and started what promises to be a long term project.

The card image on the right is my first stab at creating a character card for the game. What follows are my first thoughts about the game rules. These are not finalised, not even play tested, just the results of a brain-dump.

The playing surface needs to be a 6cm grid to fit the figure bases, perhaps with stand up terrain in some squares to block line of sight and add interest.

  • The "Allies" in the top right corner might say anything and indicates some kind of affiliation.
  • The 1 in the orange circle is the cost to "buy" the figure into your army, a process done before game play starts, players take alternate turns buying figures up to an agreed amount.
  • The text at the bottom is usually flavour text, but may describe a special in-game ability.
  • The stats in the blue box are, Melee Attack dice, Defence dice, Range of attacks, Health.
  • Melee attack into adjacent boxes, roll 1 D6 for each Melee Attack point, all 5s and 6s count as hits.
  • Defence, used when attacked, roll 1 D6 for each Defence point, all 5s and 6s block one incoming attack point.
  • Range, this indicates the range over which you may make attacks, Ranged attack are different to Melee. They can not be made into adjacent squares (that would be melee). The Ranged value indicates the number of dice you attack with, but reduces with each square of range between attacker and target.
  • The Health number, indicate how many points of damage you can take before the character is killed (removed from the game).
  • All figures may move 2 squares.
  • Blood tokens will be placed on a characters card to indicate hits.
  • The board will be sprinkled with 3D "crates". Moving into a square allows the character to pick up the crate. Each crate may be burned (discarded) when the players wants, to do one of the following things. Heal one point, move two additional spaces, add two to Range, Melee, or Defence score for one turn.
  • There may be terrain effects, such as height or cover.
Well that's all my thoughts from a first session of brain storming. There are a lot of possible additions to such a simple system but to be honest, I want it kept simple.

I'm an author, I write adventure game books.

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