Honors Program

Fine and Performing Arts Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Saritdikhun Somasa

Thesis Professor Department

Digital Media

Thesis Reader(s)

Scott Contreras-Koterbay Saritdikhun Somasa



The goal of this project was to create a fantasy style board game prototype that is playable and enjoyable for people new to fantasy tabletop gaming. I assembled a group of 4-5 regular tabletop board game players to play test the game as well as a second group of 4-5 family members and friends to play test who aren't regular board game players. We began with a general base game that evolved with each playtest from feedback given by the playtesters. After about 18-20 play tests, I settled on game mechanics and moved on to creating the assets of the game which include a 21 by 21 inch board, four player character miniatures, four chest miniatures, four tokens, and a basic enemy miniature. The game, became a four player free-for-all with the goal of leaving the dungeon with the dungeon's treasure. After creating the assets using Photoshop and ZBrush, we used 2D and 3D printing to make the assets physical. Afterwards, we had a final playtest where each of our players expressed excitement and enjoyment. While the board game isn’t perfect, I accomplished creating a fun board game prototype that can be pitched to board game creating business or self started with slight refinements. All final Images can be found on my portfolio at https://kurt_creates.artstation.com


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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