BATTLE LINE: Re-designing a classic
Battle Line is a fun and simple card game. The old version is visually very outdated. The artwork could not compete shoulder to shoulder on the shelves with todays high quality productions. I wanted to create a product that is appealing, thematic and improves playability. In my redesign I have focused refreshing the look and feel and modernising the graphic design to be easy to read for colour blind players. I opted for a medieval theme as it is very familiar to everyone. Knights and the age of chivalry have engaged our imaginations for generations. Every choice made in the design was a balance of function and theme. This game was published as a limited edition In 2017. It sold out in 3 days.
Cards Suits - Colour, Pattern & Shape
Making the suits and values clearly distinct is the main function of the card art. This is easily achieved with colour but for the colour blind we also need another method. Inspired by the medieval theme I have added two additional distinctions between themes. The pattern on the banners and the shape of each banner is different for each suit. It also provides a thematic hook and a strong visual element to each card.
Colours for Troops
The colour themes of each suit are also echoed in the character illustrations to add further distinction and appeal. It would have been reasonable to use generically coloured illustrations on all cards. However the amount of extra time required to add this extra detail rewards the cost. The extra attention to detail is becoming the norm in modern board gaming. Industry leaders like Fantasy Flight and iello have raised the bar.
Clear Troop Silhouettes
Card identification is further improved by using troop poses with clear silhouettes. Thus we can identify each troop at a glance. The weight of the armour also increases a with the value of each card in the sequence.