I create lots of board games in my spare time. Here is the story of my two favorites.
I was walking home from class one day and I was struck with sudden inspiration to craft a board game. Humbly deciding to name the game after myself, I began to work on Calebopoly. A hybrid of Trivial Pursuit, Monopoly, and obstacle courses, while taking place on a secondhand Chutes and Ladders board I picked up from Goodwill, it is quite the experience. It would be difficult to explain the various Feats of Strength, Propellor Beanies of Shame, and Pursuits of the Truth that make up the core rules of the game here but needless to say, Calebopoly is a game of kings, gods, and champions and I am proud to note that it has been played on three separate college campuses. Note: if you want to play Calebopoly on your own, I am accepting preorders but you must provide your own propellor beanie.
Candid pictures of a couple of Calebopoly game sessions in play with all of the usual shenanigans associated with the game.
From left to right - Picture 1 is a living relic. It is indeed the prototype Calebopoly board and the board used during Calebopoly’s playtesting. Picture 2 is the game’s current board after going through several design changes and iterations of the rules.
Pictured above: the fabled Calebopoly Cup in all of its glory. It is awarded to the winning team. The man pictured here was on one such winning team and you can see on his face the boundless joy and enthusiasm that comes from winning the Cup.
This next game is one I made for one of the most unique classes I ever took in college: Board Games and Design. As could be expected, our final project was to make a prototype of an original board game. Our professor was noted media and game scholar, Elizabeth Losh and she gave me lots of feedback during the semester long process. She has her own Wikipedia page so I knew her advice was extremely valuable. I made a game called Yard Sale, where you play as members of a family trying to steal back their possessions from getting sold at a yard sale by the mother of the family. I had an absolute blast making it and it proved very popular during our class playtesting sessions.
First page of the rule books pictured on left. Prototype board pictured on right.
The final feedback that I received on my board game. It was the proudest “A“ grade I received in college and I hope to eventually publish it.