Ka-ming hoping to entertain 'board' youngsters with new game

International trips during his time at De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) have inspired a Graphic Design student to create a new board game.

Ka-ming Tang was impressed by the variety of destinations students can visit through #DMUglobal – the university’s award-winning international experience programme.

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Looking for a final-year project in his Graphic Design and Illustration course, he hit on the idea of a globe-trotting board game for young players.

Called Tripopoli, the game sets players chasing around the world – following a path across the colourful board – visiting iconic landmarks from across the globe.

Taking a toy car counter, players race to be the first to visit locations like Stonehenge, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Saint Basil’s Cathedral.

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Starting from Adobe Illustrator, the 22-year-old designed the gaming board, the counters and the buildings, which are constructed from cardboard and set up on the board.

He said: “The most technical construction was probably the Eiffel Towel, that or the Empire State Building.

“But I was really happy with how they came out.”

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Having completed the designs, Ka-ming contacted a local printing firm, Full Square, which took on the project. He then took delivery of the finished game, including box.

He said: “That was an amazing moment. Just opening the box, getting the board out, putting the buildings together and having this thing in front of me which had really just been in my head.”

He was inspired to create a board game because he remembered how much he enjoyed them when he was young.

He said: “There’s something really sociable about board games, you always play them with your family at Christmas. I’m hoping there’s still space in the market for them, even though technology has really moved on and kids play electronic games more often.”

Having submitted the game – called Tripopoly – Ka-ming aced his final project, getting an A for the work. He is now looking for a designer to take on further production of the game.

He said: “I’ve got a few more ideas for games so I’m really keen to perhaps get some investment and see if I can get this into shops.”

Posted on Monday 24th September 2018

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