I think I may have a problem! It seems I’m addicted to fleshing out my World of Warcraft Monopoly Edition board game to the max! I’ve done the board, the Community Chest & Chance card sets, and now I’ve finished the Property Deeds.
I’ve seen other people create alternative property deeds but they all look the same as the original ones used in the traditional game – white background, standard colours etc. I wanted to maintain the theme I set out on the board only this time I dropped the parchment look in favour of a wooden surround. This I took from the World of Warcraft in-game achievements window.
To preserve the quality of the design I also created a set of reverse sides for the property deeds. The reason being is that after Caterina35 said he/she had printed out the board I wanted to make sure that whatever design I next created it would be complete, just in case anyone else wanted to print out the designs. Read on to see the complete property deeds set!
I didn’t plan to do any further work on my World of Warcraft Monopoly Edition board but a reader posted a reply about how they had printed the board and planned to use it! That alone was pretty exciting news as I haven’t been able to print off a copy to see how it looked.
Caterina35 said they (not sure about the he/she thingy, sorry, I didn’t want to assume!) had made up some deed cards and ordered figurines as player pieces. This intrigued me and I decided to have a go at making a set of Community Chest and Chance cards and again I got hooked on the design process! I’ve kept some of the orignal Monopoly instructions, though slightly adapted for the World of Warcraft theme, and added a whole host of new ones too.
This one was a bit more tricky than the Zombie version as I needed to rob a lot of different graphics from many websites. The hardest part (or most time-consuming) was creating the overlay (the dark borders with the coil crests) and the parchment backing. Some bits I have yet to gel together properly but it looks okay for the time being.
EDIT 22nd June, 2012: I’ve just posted a new version of my World of Warcraft Monopoly board, click here to check it out.
Original Vanilla WoW.
I decided to keep the board to the original Warcraft game without venturing into any of the expansions, so there’s plenty of scope left to create Burning Crusade, Wrath of the Lich King and Cataclysm Monopoly boards. The graphics I found on WoWPedia were very useful as there are numerous .PNG files that I used that I didn’t need to edit out the backgrounds.
I tried to keep the streets in order of player/zone level eg 10-20, 20-30 etc, although now and then I strayed from this in order to use a good image. It’s hard to find images that look good when scaled down. Also I didn’t want to just use screenshots from the game and used original artwork wherever I could. The artwork itself ranges from the WoW Trading Card Game to original WoW art and also fan art.
Key WoW aspects.
I’m particularly happy with the Spirit Healer used on the Free Parking place. The stations are dungeons and I also liked the Barber Shop/Postal Service ideas for the utilities, although strictly speaking the barber shop feature didn’t appear in the game until Wrath of the Lich King, but hey, it’s my board, my rules!
The fonts I used where Morpheus for the main text around the board and LifeCraft font for the GO, both are freely available on the net, just Google them. Due to the amount of colour on this board I decided to use a white colour for the fonts to make them stand out, works quite nicely too.
All the images I used were freely available online. They were reduced in size, cut, pasted, enhanced etc. I’ve kept Community Chest and Chance but changed the images to ones easily recognizable by WoW fans. I’ve posted the entire board for you to take a look at.
Below you will see the complete board. Click it to view the hi-res version – it’s a big image and large file size too, but it looks sooo good!
I gave some thought to the houses/hotels as I was making the board. I thought it would be cool to have a standard Alliance house or Horde Hovel as houses and then either a Stormwind Keep or Orgrimmar gateway as hotels. Playing pieces would be cool to design too, plenty of ideas for those – swords/shields, race players, class icons like the ones on the Visit Trainer place.
Not sure I’ll rush into another World of Warcraft board just yet. I’ll try a different genre next, was thinking perhaps a Terry Pratchett board or perhaps even a Call of Duty one. I’m really pleased with how this one turned out, it has been a labour of love and no mistake!