Note: This document is to help organize your rules. It is not a layout guide or fill-in-the-blank template for generating game rules. Not all games will need all the items listed. Some may require more.
This is the part that explains the theme of the game - just a paragraph or two with lots of adjectives.
Three lines about how the game “works”, including the ultimate object.
List all components and indicate if it’s a deck of cards or a sheet of cards to be punched out; a free standing game board or a game board to be punched out, a bag of tokens or a sheet of tokens to be punched out, etc.
How do you assemble the game the first time? Is consumer assembly required? If so, what? Are DRAWINGS required? If so, what parts? Are there consumer-applied stickers or labels? If yes, how many?
How do you set up the game for each playing? Does the game setup differently for different numbers of players?
Who starts? Does youngest player go first? If not, how is this determined?Who plays next? Does play pass to the left? If not, what is the turn order?Define terms (if necessary).
On a player’s turn, what is the sequence of actions? What happens at the end of a round? Is there scoring? Does the order of play change?
For instance, what happens when you land on another player?
How is the winner determined?Do you have to win by exact count?What if there is a tie?
List any advanced and optional rules for a harder (or easier) game.
Designer? Editor? Graphic design? Playtesters?