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What is the Board Game Design Lab?

BGDF is partnered with the Board Game Design lab - an effort by BGDF user Gabe Barrett to create and curate regular content for game designers.

The Board Game Design Lab:

  • Curates articles from around the web, guiding users through the process of game design and publishing.
  • Publishes a podcast, with insightful interviews with industry veterans
  • BGDF is happy to have Gabe in our community, and his contributions to the site through BGDL.

    Take me back to the BGDL blogs!

    Forthcoming (with the usual caveats) Games

    Someone on Board Game Designers Forum asked for a preview of my forthcoming wargames. So here it is.

    BGDL 17 -Sen-FoongLim: How to Organize a Game Design Space

    Sen-Foong Lim, designer of Belfort and Junk Art, discusses the many things a good game design space needs and ways to organize it all.

    Listen to the episode here:

    OverRealm Update 3/17

    Hey everybody!

    This board game design hobby has a real ebb and flow to it – I haven't been very active here for several months because I took a break from working on OverRealm, but now that I've jumped back in, look where I am! It's nice to be back, seeing familiar faces and new ones too.

    Defenders of Wessex - one more flaw to fix

    Play test gone awry - I'm sure everyone who has done tests can empathize with that. Funny how one player not really into the game can muck things up for data collection.

    But it did highlight one fatal flaw in the game. The game contains a loss metric called Panic, and when Panic gets to the max, the game is automatically lost.

    Jay Little Interviewed on The Game Crafter Official Podcast

    The Game Crafter Official Podcast - Jay Little Interview - Episode 114

    So as a listener you really want more guests, huh? We hear ya! In episode 110, JT and Jeff take on another sweet, sweet listener request that asks for more guests on the podcast.

    How do they do that? By inviting Jay Little to share his experience in the gaming industry, his convention experiences, his teaching career, and how he utilizes The Game Crafter. You can learn more about Jay over at the Painted Thumb website at

    Listen to the podcast at

    Finalists Selected in the Trick Taker Challenge

    The Game Crafter - Trick Taker Challenge

    Our judge, Andrew Smith, has selected the following games as finalists in the Trick Taker Challenge:

    Trick Legacy
    Tricky Tides
    Toppling Totems
    Wunder Garten
    Minion Mayhem
    8 Arms To Hold You

    Andrew also put together a document describing how he came to this decision.

    BIG NEWS: Better Shipping Prices Worldwide at The Game Crafter!

    The Game Crafter - Better Shipping Prices Worldwide!

    The Game Crafter is happy to announce that we’ve done a massive upgrade to our shipping system that is more than a year in the making. Here are the benefits you can expect:

    - We now offer UPS as a shipping option.

    BGDL 16 - Edo Baraf: Things to Consider when Adding Custom Components to Your Game

    Edo Baraf, designer of Herbaceous, discusses the many different types of custom components you can add to your games and the challenges and considerations that go with each one. We talk custom dice, boards, boxes, inserts, meeples, sleeves, and more. (Not miniatures. That will be its own episode.)

    Edo has experience with lots of custom components and offers a ton of insight on the things to be aware of when adding them to your game.

    Check it out here:

    Business and/or Tech Partnership opportunity with startup game publishing company...

    Hi Everybody!

    I am looking for 1-2 individuals with professional experience in either business or technology who would be interested in joining me to establish a new game publishing company. This opportunity involves "sweat equity" in exchange for a partnership position and percentage of the company.

    Business Partner - Operations and sales experience is preferred. You will be tasked with assisting me in finalizing, sharing, and implementing the business plan and model for the company. Must be able to create financial & market analysis; marketing experience is a plus but not necessary.

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    by Dr. Radut