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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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    Chris Romansky Inducted Into TGC Hall of Fame

    The Game Crafter - The Leading Print On Demand Game Publisher

    Chris was inducted into The Game Crafter Hall of Fame because his game, 2-Bit Bandits, won the Adventure Challenge. Congratulations Chris! His designer interview and photos are available at

    Crafter Con 2017 - JT Smith: Building a mathematical model for your game

    This is the first recorded session we've released from Crafter Con 2017! Watch the full session for free at

    A mathematical model isn't as scary as it sounds, and it can be one of the best ways to ensure you have a balanced board game. It's also a great way to set starting values for all the components of your game.

    Joszs' Medieval Item Pack

    Check out this free asset pack which contains art for over 234 items! The illustrations have a 100px x 100px resolution and they are perfect for any RPG styled game. Way to go Joszs!

    New Game Pieces Available: Character Pawns

    The Game Crafter - New Game Pieces Available: Character Pawns

    Check out our new character pawns. We’ve got a yellow Tiki Idol and a red Speedster. They’re a great way to differentiate your game characters.

    Or you can view all 1054 game pieces in parts in our shop at

    New Game Piece Available: Wood Cabin

    The Game Crafter - New Game Pieces Available - Wood Cabin

    The newest game piece to enter our shop is the wood cabin. It’s an interesting alternative to the standard house in most games.

    BGDL 40 - Fabio Del Rio: Sports Themed Games

    Fabio Del Rio, owner of CSE Games, discusses the ins and outs of sports themed games. We go into mechanics, marketability, licensing, challenges, success stories, and more.

    Fabio has been publishing sports games for over a decade and brings a lot of wisdom and insight to the episode.

    Check out the episode here:

    Simplifying a Game Design

    Simplifying a Game Design
    Lewis Pulsipher

    Almost always, when I talk with groups of people about game design, I quote Antoine de Saint-Exup'ery: "A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away."

    Crafter Con 2017 is being livestreamed RIGHT NOW!

    The Game Crafter - Crafter Con 2017 Live Stream Event

    You can watch Crafter Con 2017 NOW at

    Crafter Con is our very own game design convention. Its focus is on education to make you a better game designer. It features a track of seminars and workshops with industry experts. As well as a play testing room where you can work out some kinks with other designers 1 on 1.

    Full schedule is available here:

    New Game Pieces Available: Push Carts & Iron Ingots

    The Game Crafter - New Game Pieces Available - Push Carts & Iron Ingots

    New board game pieces at The Game Crafter! Check out these amazing new wooden push carts. They come in 6 colors and are capable of holding other pieces such as our new wooden iron ingots. Both of these parts will make great additions to your newest resource games.

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