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So much of designing a game is crafting how the unique, fun game mechanisms your game uses will be understood and used by players. Rule sets are notoriously hard to create well. This page is all about connecting you to research points where you can find tools and products to help best realize your vision and communicate it well to blind play testers and players alike. It’s hard work. But, a job well done will reward you in so many ways!


Find Ready-Made Art Assets and Graphic Elements

Board Game Assets
9 Sources of Images and Artwork for Game Prototypes.
Open Source Board Game Box Art Icons
Artwork Under Free Licenses (e.g. Creative Commons or Public Domain)
Visual Asset Resources

Find Software for Designing Original Art Assets and Graphic Elements

“Our selection of the best pieces of free graphic design software.”
“Here are the best free drawing software programs you can install right now”
Top Artistic Graphic Design Applications Find the best software to create your original artwork
The Best Free Painting Software 2018: Realistic Art with None of the Mess
Drawing Programs and Art Software Good, Free and Cheap Computer Art Software

Find Resources for Writing Rules and More

How to Write a Board Game Manual
It’s Not All Fun in Games Editing
Rules Template for Game Designers
How to Write Rules (without confusing people).
11 Rules for Board Game Rules Writing
Board Game Rulebook Template