Sunday, June 2, 2013

Aperture Science Laboratory Multiperson Enrichment Device - A Portal Board Game

During my second semester in grad school I took Game Design class with Jesse Schell. One of the assignments was to make a dice or board game. I tried to make a board game version of Portal. I figured I would share it.

By far the coolest part of the game is that I made actual 3D printed companion cube dice. Now this was back in 2008, so 3D printing was not nearly as ubiquitous as it is these days. One of the things I tried to do as part of the design is make the cubes relevant to the player. I did this by making the player roll the cubes to get through doors and if they rolled poorly they would die and be forced to go back to start.


The innovation I wanted to bring into the game was the idea of a non-linear board, where players are choosing their path with some amount of risk and reward. The game plays a bit like shoots and ladders where all the players start at one end of the board and they need to make it to the other end (where there is cake of course)


If you want to make a copy for yourself and try it out feel free to download the rules, board and list of all the pieces here. I even included the model I used to get the dice printed. Have fun and remember to mind the gap.


  1. portalalsotano reblogged this from alliesindex
  2. koanofdesire reblogged this from nerdy-knitting-german
  3. dianana-the-rn reblogged this from nerdy-knitting-german
  4. thedataplan reblogged this from abrickonjupiter
  5. spindoctor2092 reblogged this from nerdy-knitting-german
  6. biirdboness reblogged this from nerdy-knitting-german
  7. abrickonjupiter reblogged this from thelifeandtimesofwhatthefuck
  8. obsessivelyknittingeverything reblogged this from nerdy-knitting-german
  9. thelifeandtimesofwhatthefuck reblogged this from nerdy-knitting-german
  10. nerdy-knitting-german reblogged this from hello--camille
  11. bringmetheharrison reblogged this from hello--camille
  12. hello--camille reblogged this from sjsivak
  13. scrapbook-alcove reblogged this from sjsivak
  14. emmaharckham reblogged this from sjsivak
  15. ideadeliria reblogged this from sjsivak
  16. wholockedhobbits reblogged this from darth-sebious
  17. notarobotordinosaursadly reblogged this from dhovaking
  18. koriblr reblogged this from thekiltedgerman
  19. thekiltedgerman reblogged this from darth-sebious