The Game Roller

This page is meant to be used as a tool to generate game design ideas. Each load, it grabs two random mechanics and two random themes.

Mouse over the mechanics to get a description, and either click the die or reload the page to get a new combination. Mechanics and subjects are taken from Board Game Geek.

Trading / Card Drafting
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Civil War / Maze


In games with a trading mechanic, the players can exchange game items between each other. For instance, players trade for different types of beans in Bohnanza, while they trade resources in The Settlers of Catan
Card drafting games are games where players pick cards from a common pool to gain some immediate advantage or to assemble hands of cards that are used to meet objectives within the game. Ticket to Ride is a well-known card drafting game. Games where cards are simply drawn from a pile are not card drafting games - drafting implies that players have some sort of choice. In Ticket to Ride, players can choose to draw random cards. If they could only draw random cards however, it wouldn't be drafting.