To find instructions for a copyrighted board game still in production, find the website for the board game company at GameDesignCentral.com, and then search the game company's website for free game instructions. Find instructions for board games in the public domain, such as chess, checkers or backgammon, at GameColony.com.
At GameDesignCentral.com, click the Inventors tab near the top of the main page, and then click List of Game Companies. Click the name of the game's manufacturer, such as Mattel or Hasbro, to redirect your browser to the company's website.
At a game company's website, you can typically find instructions for a board game by using the site's search feature to search for a term such as "instructions" along with the game's name, or by clicking a tab on the main page such as Products or Help, often followed by clicking a relevant term, such as Board Games or Instructions. For example, at Hasbro.com, type "Monopoly instructions" in the search box near the top of the main page, and then click the search icon. Links to instructions for several versions of Monopoly display beneath the Customer Service heading. Click a link to display printable instructions.
At GameColony.com, click the Game Rules tab on the left side of the main page, and then click a link associated with the game to display rules or instructions. Typically, game instructions are referred to as "basics" on this website.