So last year some time I got the idea of making a board game based on sports jerseys. I wound up making the project and it was featured as part of my interview on Uni Watch. I’m not a huge gamer or anything like that, I just like making stuff and trying new ideas.
But I realized I never really dug deep into explaining the game play and all of the other details. So here’s a deeper look at what was a really fun project.
I love vintage hockey and goalies, so this formed the basis for the game. The idea is the competing players are ’70s goalies who are in search of their missing jerseys. It’s a typical roll-the dice move-your-piece-around-the-board type of game.
The game itself is a hinged wooden box that contains all of the game parts. It folds open to create the playing surface.
I bought some blank wooden game pieces and painted them to look like goalies without jerseys on – just their chest and arm padding, pants, and masks. The coloured pants indicate which team you are on.
Here’s how the game works: each player selects a team. Within that team, there are three jersey numbers available: starting goalie, backup, and third string. You are the starting goalie and can pick whichever number you like of those available (all old-school ’70s goalie numbers).
Place a peg on the zero under your chosen number on your team.
Shuffle the cards and sort into three piles, making sure they are separated into three categories: your jersey, teammates’s jersey, and other team’s jersey.
Each player starts with their game piece on their own jersey. You roll the dice and move your piece forward. Different actions occur depending on where your piece lands:
-Circle with arrow: no action, wait for next turn.
-Your own jersey: select a card from the “Your Jersey” pile.
-Teammate’s jersey: select a card from the “Your Teammate” pile.
-Other team’s jersey: select a card from the “Other Team’s” pile.
Each time you win a point, advance your peg forward. First player to three points wins!
Here’s a shot of all of the different cards, and what happens when you get them:
A lot of stuff can happen, including being traded and being forced to trade teams with one of the other players!
Aside from the game play, here are some of the other fun details from the game:
For the team names and jersey designs, I picked some of my favourite old designs and picked team names that are similar to the real team names. So we have a light blue team called the Auks, a purple and yellow team called the Crowns, and a green and yellow team called the Constellations.
One of my favourite parts of old sports games like table hockey is they always showed all of the other teams in the league, even if you didn’t get those game pieces with your set. So I made sure that around the edge of the box I added other teams such as the Paws, the Fins (Whales), the Walruses, and Soviet.
And of course, what would a jersey game be without its own jersey packaging, in this case a nice green mesh with lace-up collar:
Overall this was a really fun project with lots of different things to figure out, including game play, jerseys, numbers, cards, packaging, and the overall design. I’m pretty sure this will be a one-off.
And in case you’re wondering, yes I have played it, and no, it is not a particularly exciting game to play. I suggest sticking with Monopoly or something.