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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.

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    New Acrylic Train Tokens (and tracks too!)

    The Game Crafter - Board Game Pieces - Acrylic Train Tokens and Tracks

    All your train game dreams can be realized with the release of our 8 new acrylic train tokens. From a Steam or Modern train engine to a typical caboose and all the different train cars in between; all pieces come in 8 colors and are sure to catch people’s eye. We also just released 8 colors of train tracks that go perfectly with the tokens.

    View them all in our shop at here

    Convention Attendance

    As I have retired and gotten older, and now moved to Florida which is farther from the major game conventions than my old home, I’ve had to pick and choose which conventions I go to. I stopped going to Origins quite a few years ago because it had diminished, and I’m not convinced yet that it has recovered sufficiently to be worth my time and money. It appears I will not be going to the UK Game Expo again (it is more than 4,200 miles). (Keep in mind, being retired means you have more time than money.) Last year I didn’t go to GenCon because I wanted to avoid the 50th anniversary insanity but mainly because the schedule just didn’t work out.


    I has website.

    After some research, I settled on kickofflabs for my host. They're set up specifically to do landing pages and collect emails and run contests, three things I was interested in. Eventually it will point to my Kickstarter page. In the meantime, I can collect email addresses from interested people, and get people interested.

    I'd love to have any feedback!

    3 New Features in Component.Studio

    The Game Crafter - Component.Studio - Board Game Design App

    We’re excited to announce 3 new features for the SVG Optimizer in https://Component.Studio:

    1. There is now an undo feature. If you find you have made a mistake, hit undo and your mistake will be forgotten.

    2. The system can automatically sequence your paths for you if you want it to. This should save you a bunch of time manually optimizing them for the shortest travel distance. Find this feature under the hamburger menu.

    3. There are now 3 additional levels of zoom available in SVG Optimizer.

    New Miniatures: Wizard, Barbarian, Adventurer, and Bowman

    The Game Crafter - Board Game Pieces - Wizard, barbarian, adventurer, and bowman

    Your adventuring troop has arrived. A wizard, barbarian, adventurer and bowman are all available now in The Game Crafter shop.

    A Press-Your-Luck Dice Game with Cards

    Okay, a recent post made me want to get this idea down in writing somewhere.. It's totally unplaytested and exists only in my head. After my current game is done, maybe I'll look into a real design.

    In the spirit of Farkle, you have 5 dice, which you roll on your turn. You can reroll multiple times, but on each roll you MUST save at least one rolled die, and not re-roll it.


    I've been spending some time trying to work out Kickstarter fulfillment. The two competing options at this point are:

    Amazon: Using Amazon in the US, plus also .ca, .uk, and .de (at least) to fulfill everything, and then I can use FBA to sell on Amazon afterwards.

    Other: Using a set of different partners in different countries, e.g. Fulfillrite.

    Table Top Network Conference (and retreat)

    Some friends of mine are scheduling a Table Top Networking Conference this summer at the Snowbird resort in Utah. There are some pretty amazing speakers who have already committed to being there (and they are still accepting presenter applications). I thought I'd post it here in case you, or someone you know, would like to make plans to attend or be featured as a presenter.

    Current Presenters at the conference:
    Rob Daviau
    Geoff Engelstein
    Ryan Laukat
    Tim Fowers
    Tom Lehmann
    Stone Librande
    Raph Koster
    Jonathan Ying

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