UCLA Design | Media Arts    MW 2-4:45pm    Broad Art Center room 4250
Professor: Steven Schkolne    TA: Chris Reilly


Physical Game To Tabletop Game Conversion

Pick a card, the card will contain the name of a popular sport that involves physical skill. Your assignment is to design a tabletop game based on the sport you drew. Produce a game prototype following the parameters listed below. We will be playing your games in class. Games will be evaluated on how successfully you meet the parameters listed below. Remember to always provide meaningful choices for your players! (easier said then done sometimes)


Design a two player tabletop game.

Design your own game board and game bits using cardstock and/or cardboard (and any other material in addition if you wish). This is an exercise where you develop your game design skills alongside your visual design skills. (you only need to make ONE copy of the game). You may print or draw directly on your gameboard. You can use store bought dice, but every other element of your game should be created and designed by you.

Game duration should last no more than 10 minutes! (use a TIMER and an EVALUATION METHOD to determine who wins after 10 minutes if a result isn't achieved !) Incorporate player physical skill (ie: dexterity/ aim/ hand eye coordination/endurance/strength etc) and mental skill(strategy/tactics/memory etc) as core skills needed to succeed - it is up to you to determine how these skills are balanced. (This can be quite challenging!)

Add "color" or a "skin" to your game by picking a narrative skin to apply to the mechanics of the sport you chose - for instance - "zombie baseball" or "underwater penguin soccer" or "political party golf".


The PDF must be posted to the class site before 2pm on the due date. Name your PDF using your last name and first initial. Example: Reading-1_CReilly.pdf.

PDF document should include:

Some examples: