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Strategy Board Game

PrintNinja recommends keeping the following guidelines in mind when you design a strategy game.

Board games, also referred to as tabletop games, contain a board and components that move around the board based on a set of rules. While all board games share that definition, that is where the similarities end. Games have no standards for size, components, and materials because each game is designed and built around its playability. To give you a sense of measurements and material, below are specs that would recreate the board game Risk.

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For a video breakdown of strategy board game industry standards, check out our visual guide below! Otherwise, read on!


Design a Strategy game, Board Game Industry Standards

Strategy Board Game Specs


  • 15.7 inches x 10.5 inches x 2.5 inches
  • 1.5 mm high-density paperboard
  • Full CMYK
  • Packaging: Shrinkwrap

Board Game Industry Standards


  • 7 compartments
  • Vacuum formed plastic
  • Black

Board Game Industry Standards

Game Board

  • 20 inches x 30 inches, 1/4 fold
  • Full CMYK on front and black gameboard backing
  • 2mm high-density paperboard
  • Gloss finish

Board Game Industry Standards

Playing Cards

  • 43 cards, 2.2 inches x 3 inches
  • 280 gsm Blue Core
  • Gloss varnish
  • Packaging: Shrinkwrap with easy-pull tab

Board Game Industry Standards


  • 300 total pieces
  • 60 Horsemen: 12 blue, green, red, yellow, black
  • 40 Cannons: 8 blue, green, red, yellow, black
  • 200 Infantry Soldiers: 40 blue, green, red, yellow, black
  • Packaging: Plastic bags

Board Game Industry Standards


  • Three black 6-sided dice with white pips
  • Two red 6-sided dice with white pips
  • Packaging: Plastic bags

Design a Strategy game, Board Game Industry Standards

Instruction Book

  • 6 inches x 9 inches
  • 85lb gloss interior and cover paper weight
  • 12 interior pages
  • Saddle-stitched binding
  • Full CMYK

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