A long time ago I decided to do an exercise from a game design textbook. The exercise was to design a simple game around a territory capturing mechanic. I think the exercise was from the first chapter or something, but I got so very distracted after building that game that I haven't been back to the book since. What distracted me was that I decided to make it possible for people to make and share games that used the same type of board/moves. Finally, the resulting game editor/player is ready to share! I think this could maybe be a good tool for people to practice their game design without getting distracted by computery bullshit like I did?
I would really love it if you would try this out and make some games. I would love it even more if you would share those games with me!
split.merge.steal can also be used as a visual art tool.