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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!

    BGDL 26 -Gabe Barrett: Why Game Design Is Important

    Gabe Barrett, founder of the BGDL, discusses why this hobby of ours matters and why game design is much more than just a fun, little activity. He also shares some stories that relate to design and talks about where the BGDL is headed in the future.

    Check it out here: http://www.boardgamedesignlab.com/why-game-design-is-important-with-gabe...

    BGDL 25 -Mike Mihealsick: Lessons Learned from Blind Playtesting

    Mike Mihealsick, from Coalition Games, discusses all the lessons and insights he’s learned after facilitating hundreds of blind playtests. Blind playtesting is the purifying fire in which we truly get to find out what our games are made of, and Mike offers a ton of advice on how to navigate the process well.

    Check out the episode here: http://www.boardgamedesignlab.com/lessons-learned-from-blind-playtesting...

    BGDL 24 - Chris Kirkman: Cthulhu Themed Games

    Chris Kirkman, designer of Fate of the Elder Gods, discusses Cthulhu themed games and what makes them so popular. There’s just something about Cthulhu that continues to intrigue people, and even with all the Cthulhu games that have come out, there’s still a great deal left to be explored.

    Click here to listen: http://www.boardgamedesignlab.com/cthulu-themed-games-with-chris-kirkman/

    BGDL 23 - Morten Pedersen: Creating a Great Solo Variant

    Morten Pedersen, designer behind the solo modes for games such as Scythe and Viticulture, discusses how to scale a game down to one player and create a great solo experience.

    Morten has his own design company that focuses on creating single player systems for games and has even won awards for it.

    To listen to the episode, go here:

    http://www.boardgamedesignlab.com/creating-a-great-solo-variant-with-mor...

    BGDL 22 - Patrick Leder: Designing an Asymmetrical Game

    Patrick Leder, designer of Vast, discusses what all goes into designing an asymmetrical game. In Vast, each player takes on an incredibly different role with different actions, different win conditions, and different ways to play. And creating a game of this scope is no small task.

    Check out the episode here: http://www.boardgamedesignlab.com/designing-an-asymmetrical-game-with-pa...

    BGDL 21 - Chris Rowlands: Creating Helpful Content as Marketing

    Chris Rowlands, designer of Last Garden and host of NPC-Cast, discusses creating awesome content that helps people as much as possible and also builds up goodwill toward you and your games.

    The board game community is incredible, and there are tons of opportunities to help fellow designers and add value to what they’re trying to create. And in doing so, you build relationships that will likely lead to people wanting to help you when the opportunity arises.

    Check out the episode here: http://www.boardgamedesignlab.com/content-as-marketing-with-chris-rowlands/

    BGDL 20 - Rob Daviau: How to Playtest like a Pro

    Rob Daviau, designer of Pandemic Legacy, and I discuss how to run playtests like an absolute pro.

    Rob started designing games for Hasbro before moving into the designer game space, and he has a TON of insight on how to playtest your way to an amazing game.

    Check out the episode here:

    http://www.boardgamedesignlab.com/how-to-playtest-like-a-pro-with-rob-da...

    BGDL 19 - Brent Kinney (VP at Panda GM): The Ins and Outs of Printing a Game

    Today, I'm talking to Brent Kinney, a vice president at Panda Game Manufacturing, about the ins and outs of the printing process.

    There are a lot of nuances to the printing process, and the better you understand it, the easier and smoother everything will go. Panda GM is one of the major manufacturers of board games in the world, and Brent brings a ton of experience and insight to the discussion.

    You can find the episode here:

    http://www.boardgamedesignlab.com/the-ins-outs-of-printing-with-a-vice-p...

    BGDL 18 - Tom Vasel: Lessons Learned from Playing 5000+ Games

    Tom Vasel, founder of the Dice Tower, discusses some of the many things he’s learned after playing an astronomical number of games. We talk themes, mechanics, Kickstarter, publishing, trends, and tons of other stuff.

    Tom has played and reviewed thousands upon thousands of games which has led to some interesting insight on what makes a great game.

    Listen to the episode here: http://www.boardgamedesignlab.com/lessons-learned-from-playing-5000-game...

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