"Emerald City" - Wizard of Oz themed boardgame

  • My objective was to design a map which vizualises the storyline of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” by Frank Baum and to convert the map into a working boardgame. 

    Concept: As an entire category of games, board games have become outdated. A solution to revive them is to combine them with an element of nostalgia – in this case, a story and movie franchise that most people around the world grew up with, “The Wizard of Oz”.


  •  Frank Baum, the writer, had an interest in cartography and had made an original map of his creation, the land of Oz. Therefore, there were the following challenges: 
     
    1. Visualizing the land of Oz in the form of a map, keeping in mind Baum's map
     
    2. Visualizing the storyline of the movie/book in the map, showing the journey of the characters from start to finish
     
    3. Converting this map into a playable game.

    Several sketches had to be made in order to resolve these challenges. 
     
  • Gameplay:
     
    1. Players choose to assume the role of either Dorothy, Tin Woodman, Scarecrow, or Cowardly Lion. 
  • 2. Players take turns to roll the dice to determine their current position on the yellow brick road. 
     
    3. Players pick a random card whose colour corresponds to the colour of the square they land on. For example, if they land on a blue square, they pick a random blue card. 
  • 4. This card will determine whether they move forward or backward on the path. This process is repeated until the first player reaches the red castle, who is the winner. 
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    Thank you!