Ideas for New Games

You can't do this with any other 'bored game' -- get creative and make your own original game!

Start with our simple set of parts, called 'Game•DNA,' and build your own 3D grid-set.

Then, use our RuleBook CookBook to guide design of your gameplay and rules. When done, you have all of the ingredients necessary for a new game that has never existed before.

Your original 'game theory' is now ready for its 'scientific test.' Play it with friends and see what works ... and what needs work. Tweak and repeat.

COMING SOON: Submit your design to the Gridopolis Gamer Forum to share with others. If selected by Gridopolis Games staff, your design could be released as a future product.

The RuleBook 'CookBook'

Gridopolis seven basic parts
[Left] The three structural parts: pad, link, & post.
[Center] The player markers: pawn & king orientation.
[Right] The three 'nodes;' kingerizer, blocker-box, & hyper-pad.

1

Design Your Grid-Set 

Use the three basic building blocks - the pad, the link, and the post - to design any 3D grid-set you like. Some games work fine in 2D, but most will be WAY cooler if you reach for the sky and build vertically.

Does your grid-set have sections that don't connect? No problem! Use the hyper-pads to get around.

2

How Do You Win?

In Matrix, you can play two ways: be the last one standing (no time limit) or collect the most points (usually with a time limit).

In games where you don't capture anyone, you might have a race to the finish line. Decide if its one marker, some markers, or all of the markers.

3

How Do You Move?

Markers need to move to play just about any game. Decide how they can move - and how many spaces they can move at a time.

In chess, some players can only move diagonally and others can only move by turning 90 degrees. What about the 3D levels? Does that change how the markers can move - or not?

4

How Do You Capture?

In most strategy games, you eliminate an opponent by either jumping over them (like in Checkers) or landing directly on top of them (like in Chess).

Maybe you don't capture them at all!
In Chinese Checkers, you jump over opponents and try to win a race to the opposite side. Pick a method that works with the grid-set you designed.

Submit Your Idea

Game designs can be hard to comunicate, so make sure you can fully describe how your game works.

First, follow the Cookbook steps listed above and document the basics. Then, take photos of the starting state, mid-way through a game, and the end when someone has won. Finally, test out your instructions with someone new. If they get stuck on a rule, fix that part and test again.

To submit, send us the text and photos in one email message. Join the Grid!