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This is not a game...yet. The WinGo Game Designer’s Kit

Allen OConnor
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This is not a game...yet. The WinGo Game Designer’s Kit

WinGo Games are one of the big Chinese manufacturers for board and card games, and have recently put together their Designer’s Kit as a way to inspire people to get their game designs published. They were kind enough to send me a copy to take a look at, so I thought that I would share it with you.

The box contains an eclectic mix of components for all types of board and card games. The aim appears to be to give potential designers an idea of the standard of components that WinGo can manufacture. The Box itself contains some direction as to what to include on the different faces; I’ve never really thought about how much information there was to be found subtly hidden on a game box before.

The cardboard chits feel thick and professionally made, and the box also shows a three dimensional WinGo symbol and a dynamite counter with a pin to allow for movement. I suppose that the aim is to show exactly what can be made using the same type of cardboard. There is a plastic miniature, as well as some excellent bespoke dice, a metal coin, some plastic cubes with bevelled edges, and some bespoke meeple of different sizes and designs.

The deck of cards contains packs with different cores, thicknesses and sizes. I like the fact that there are tips printed onto the cards on how best to design a games cards to avoid things like bleed issues, ineligible text, and visible card borders. You don’t really think about how different a card can feel until you have several different types in your hand at the same time. The set also comes with a Designer’s Guide with a ton of information and inspiration.

Interested? Why not contact WinGo for your own copy, here are a few links:

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