How to Lay Out a Board Game

by Stacy Zogheib
Lay out board games according to the game's instructions.

Lay out board games according to the game's instructions.

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Board games have existed in some form for hundreds or even thousands of years. Laying out a board game for play depends on rules of the individual board game. Popular board games can illustrate some of the possibilities for setup. Monopoly is a board game where players move one piece around a board. Stone Age is a resource management game that involves placing tokens in many parts of the board. Checkers involves placing pieces in a standard setup. Deck-building games enable players to purchase cards from a community pool of cards and play with decks that they create during the game.

Items you will need

  • Flat table or playing area

Monopoly

Step 1

Choose one piece to represent each player and place the pieces on the "Go" space on the board.

Step 2

Choose one player to act as the banker and give him the money, houses, hotels and properties.

Step 3

Give each player $1,500 in starting money.

Step 4

Place the Community Chest and Chance cards on the corresponding parts of the board.

Step 5

Give the first player the dice and begin playing the game.

Stone Age

Step 1

Place the resource tiles on the corresponding sections of the board, following the written directions.

Step 2

Separate the tools into separate stacks with the smaller tools on one stack and the larger tools on the other.

Step 3

Shuffle the Civilization cards and place them next to the board face down. Place one card face up on each of the four spots on the board.

Step 4

Separate the building tiles into equal stacks and place them on the board.

Step 5

Place a square piece for each player corresponding to their chosen color on the zero space of both the food and scoring tracks.

Step 6

Give each player a player board and five people tokens.

Step 7

Select one player to go first and hand him the dice, dice cup, and chieftain token.

Checkers

Step 1

Place the checker board between both players.

Step 2

Divide the pieces so that one player has all of the red ones and the other player has all of the black ones.

Step 3

Place your 12 checker pieces on the black tiles of the board starting with the row closest to you. Your opponent's pieces should be on the three rows furthest from you.

Dominion

Step 1

Give each player a 10-card deck containing seven Copper cards and three Estate cards.

Step 2

Choose 10 Kingdom cards to use for the game and place all stacks of these cards in the center of the table between the players.

Step 3

Separate and place the Copper, Silver, Gold, Estate, Duchy, Province and Curse cards in the center of the table near the Kingdom cards.

Step 4

Have each player shuffle his deck and draw five cards.

Tips & Warnings

  • Many games have rules for determining who goes first. Either decide on your own or refer to the rules of your board game to figure out the starting player.
  • When games have many small pieces store them in reusable bags to speed up the setup process.
  • Many board games, such as Monopoly, have numerous house rules. Agree on any house rules before you start a game.
  • Some games include small pieces; avoid letting small children play with these pieces.

About the Author

Stacy Zogheib's writing has been published in various online publications. She is a teacher and educator with experience teaching first grade, special education and working with children ages 0 to 3. She has a Bachelor of Arts in elementary and special education from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio and a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education from Northern Arizona University.

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