If you ever need a source of vector icons for your board game prototypes, I highly recommend The Noun Project. They have an extensive crowdsourced collection of vector icons released on public domain or Creative Commons Attribution licenses. You can now also purchase attribution-free licenses for a nominal fee.
There are some gaps in the collection when it comes to common game icons. There is a meeple, but a very limited supply of dice and definitely no "victory points." I just uploaded an icosahedron, better known as a the 20-sided die or d20.
I'd love to upload some more generic game icons, but where to begin? What would you want most? I posed this question to my Twitter friends and got lots of suggestions.
- die faces 1-6, ?
- fan of cards 1-5
- players 1-5
- tiles in various shapes
- victory points in various shapes
- time: 15min, 30min, 45min, 60min…
- players: 1, 2, 3…
And there were some other suggestions that stretched the boundaries of "noun" into "verb," so may not be allowed on the Noun Project. I'm checking with those in charge to get their say.
- gain/lose points
- gain/lose goods
- draw x cards
- keep x cards
- discard x cards
- steal cards from another player
- flip card
And of course, I'd be happy to make a whole bunch of these icons into one big dingbat font for a few bucks. If you know of a good Mac tool for making a font, I'd be glad to try it out. I've already used fontifier, but I wasn't quite satisfied with the results.
So, any other game icons you would want to see in this suite?