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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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    Heroes & Treasure Map (draft)

    Okay, not actually Photoshop.. I'm using GIMP, which is free.

    This is a good skill to acquire if you're making a game. For a while I was doing everything in MSPaint. It's not terrible for basic things, and I even did my maps in it (example attached).

    But for some things, especially color things that are templates you'll use multiple times.. gotta have a real editor.

    New D10 and D10x10 dice

    The Game Crafter - Board Game Pieces - New D10 and D10x10 Dice

    We keep adding new dice to our parts shop and this time we've added some new D10 and D10x10.

    Space Ranger miniatures & accessories now available!

    The Game Crafter - Board Game Pieces - Space Ranger Miniatures

    New game pieces! Check out the new customizable space rangers. We have 2 different types of ranger and a gun sprue to further outfit them.

    See more at

    Gold Doubloons now available

    The Game Crafter - Board Game Pieces - Gold Doubloons

    Check out these amazing new Gold Doubloons. They’re full metal and make a nice clinking noise when dropped into your pouch. Get them at

    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.

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    by Dr. Radut