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richdurham's picture
Joined: 12/26/2009

Well, the entry was a little bumpy, but you've made it to the Board Game Designers Forum. Welcome!

Please take a moment to start a thread introducing yourself in this Welcome forum. Tell us what brings you here to BGDF, what games you might be working on, or any questions you have in particular about game design, prototyping, or publishing.

Then take a look around, if you haven't already. Get involved with the other BGDF designers. Here's what you can expect.

Monthly Game Design Showdown
Sharpen your skills! The GDS is a week long, informal contest to create a game pitch/rules around a few specific restrictions. Fame! Prestige! Glory! Posted on the front page of BGDF every month.

The BGDF Designer Database
This is a use-submitted database of games published by members of BGDF. It links with their username, so you can ask specific people about their games! Published a game? Add it to the list!

Game Journals
Making a game? Track your progress publicly in your own journal. If you use BoardGameGeek as well, feel free to cross-post here, too. Journals are linked to your account, so you can catalogue your games on your profile page.

What Kickstarters are you backing?
Good design means knowing what's 'out-there'. Our designers have shared their Kickstarter favorites, so you can see what kind of games are popular with the BGDF crowd.

Forums on all things game creation
Please also note that there are many posts about topics from design to prototyping to publication in the fora already which you may find very helpful!

The navigation bar to the left has a lot of the links you'll need to navigate the site, and the right column has all the recent posts. If you want to participate in the discussion, feel free to jump right in!

I hope you enjoy the community here at BGDF, and I look forward to seeing your game designs.

Joined: 01/17/2011
Hello, my name is nine and I am a Gamerholic

I lurked for a while... then posted a couple of times... then have lurked on and off from time to time... I like the idea of an introduction section so thought I'd kick off in earnest in order to encourage others to do the same.

I started to get into BG designing when my wife was pregnant with my son about 3 years ago. Being a (hopefully recovering) computer game addict I wanted to come up with something we could do as a family encouraging a social interaction in a way that computer games don't.

I have about 10 amazing but top secret games in various stages of production... (for that probably read: not so good and probably not very original and nowhere near close to being finished!)

I suppose that I'm better at the idea of the game creation and initial stages of design/rules prototyping rather than the dotting the I's and crossing the T's part of finishing it... but my son was only 2 yesterday so I figure I have a few years to go before I have to get one completed.

Finally the 3 mains design areas that I'm interested in are:

1) Designing a game that is equally good as a single player and multi player by having a game run "itself" in order for the single player. (Not the best example off the top of my head - Imagine a set of rules for monopoly/risk so that 1 or more players could enjoy playing against the game itself)

2) Having a game be re-playable but with a player having "experience" the second time round weighted into the game... without it adversely affecting new players joining the second game (maybe even having a dynamic world that the players can dip in and out of)

3) How much a game can be modelled / simulated / playtested / "balanced" / predicted etc with SIMPLE maths/probability before its actually up and running

I hope I will try and make more of an effort in the forums... but I do wonder how much I can contribute at times when there are some seriously strong designers giving good answers to the questions!

sounde's picture
Joined: 02/07/2011
... suggest ...

YAH! So glad we have this. THANKS sedj.

nine! Welcome out into the light again!
I'm excited to talk with you about your ideas, at least 1 of the 10 surely has some gold in it.


I forsee a small problem.
If all of our introductions are as full and glorious as nine's, this will quickly turn into a heavy discussion thread.

sedjtroll has given us a whole forum for introducing and identifying ourselves. As he proposed, let's do our in-depth introductions as separate new threads. We could then use this sticky'd thread for quick-style stuff:

"Hi! I'm sounde (BGG:rootbierz). I'm super excited to find this site, and hope I can give as much help as I am sure to receive. My full intro is here."
and subsequent
"Welcome excited sounde, we're excited to have you!"

I think that's something like what sedj was going for and I think it could work :)

Joined: 11/07/2011
Well, hello. I generally use

Well, hello. I generally use the handle Auroch in various online settings. I'm a college student (Math/CS) and avid tabletop gamer with aspirations toward design.

I play a lot of Magic and deck-building games; my current favorite in-box game is Eminent Domain, closely followed by Dominion and 7 Wonders. When I can find a large enough chunk of time, it will almost certainly be devoted to Twilight Imperium, but since a proper game (6+ players) takes 12-16 hours, this is rare.

I registered so I could enter the GDS (I have a submission in the November contest); I tend to not talk about ideas until they're just so, so a time-limited design competition with intelligent critique seemed like a good way to push myself to design more.

My current project (for some time) has been a drafting-based area control game initially conceived of as a rework of SmallWorld, which my playgroup found to be dominated by the first player; this has not seen the light of day because integrating an initial draft with gradual deployment of forces without adding overwhelming rules or on-board complexity is taking careful thought to plan.

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Joined: 12/15/2008
Not so new, but new to you

Folks - been here a while, in and out depending on 'real job/kids/other stuff' but very into the games I am designing. The team has been going hard lately on some hybrid game styles that could make for beauty or bust. We'll just have to wait and see. We're hoping to show our first game in beta-test form at some cons this Summer. I'm not quite comfortable sharing a game journal yet (funny how paranoid we can be) but very soon hope to have your attention.

In the meantime, my #1 goal on the site is to network with other designers, playtesters and self-publishers. Recently getting active in North Coast Gamers club in the Cleveland, OH area and would like to network there as well. I'm happy to provide my insights to general forum questions here as I've done in the past. Good luck to ALL of you and the best for success in 2012!

Dom DeCaria

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Joined: 01/21/2012

I'm quite new to this site, being here for about 3 days, approximately. Currently, I'm working on two board game projects, which are still quite early in the stages of development. My first game, about ship wars, is currently called Navy Wars, but the name is unfinished. The second game, whose name is also unfinished is Ancient Battles, which takes place in a fantasy world. Now, I don't want to reveal too much about my board games, but I feel they'll be quite fun to play. Recently, for my board games, I've been looking for large cardboard pieces that are 60cm x 60cm in perimeter. I also would like to obtain another cardboard piece that is 50cm x 50cm. So, that's it about me. Also, if your wondering, I decided to make a board game while I was setting up a simple game of Risk with my friend. So, here I am, making my board game.


AlduinSlayer (Yes, I play Skyrim)

Word Nerd
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Joined: 02/02/2012
The Secret Gamer

I've been a gamer/game designer for as long as I can remember. As a child--with three younger siblings--I tinkered with the few games our family could afford (e.g. chess and checkers, snakes and ladders, go, dominoes), creating new variants and "house" rules to add challenge and keep the experience fresh. The advent of digital gaming did not appeal to me as I was not in a position to tinker with their guts or programming. On the other hand, the emergence of pencil-and-paper role-playing games radically expanded my horizons; I was a "dungeon master" for various game groups for more than thirty years, creating and using all manner of diabolical schemes to entertain my charges. In my professional life as a language teacher, I began to accumulate my now-mammoth collection of activities and games for students. My personal catalogue now includes nearly 1200 items (not including variations), and many--if not most--of these are games. A common shortcoming I discovered with most games in a learning context is that the activity typically responds to a limited range of objectives, is limited in terms of player numbers, often results in the exclusion of players as the game progresses, and can take much more time to determine winners than is available in the classroom. To eliminate or mitigate these issues, I embarked on a mission to create the ultimate language game. I believe I have succeeded, and I'm currently in the process of moving from prototype development into the production and marketing phases. Overall, I would admit that my intellectual life with games has been immeasurably enriched, and it's this benefit which I now seek to share with learners--and gamers--everywhere.

Joined: 11/24/2012
Greetings from David in LA

Hello everyone! A real pleasure finding this wiki; I've only toured through it a short time and it has already helped me a lot. Yes, I'm an amateur board game designer and yes, I have what I think is an original and innovative design for a game that I am keeping tucked greedily out of sight. Just until after Xmas; once the original is safely bestowed on our grand kids and I have copyrighted the design, I'll proudly share it with this forum. I'll be curious to see if anyone has seen anything like it.

As a long time Photoshop artist and illustrator, I've had fun creating all the graphics for the game on a first-gen iPad. Admittedly, it is a slower way to work compared to paper, but the touchscreen is addictive and I love having all my projects instantly available. As soon as I figure out posting to your image galleries, I'll share the game art with you.

Oh yes, profession...I used to be a digital artist and have completed grad school to be a librarian, but I continue to slave away (12-16 hours a day) as a Los Angeles chauffeur. Limo driver to da stars.

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Joined: 12/11/2012
Speaker for the Thread

I am officially introducing myself as thread_speaker, a slightly shady and rare breed of game player. What does this mean? Well, you will really interact with me a bit to fully understand.
I come here from my mysterious origins to seek a community to discuss a game I am in the works of making. So far, it looks like I'm in the right place, Huzzah! So, it would seem you may be seeing me around, which hopefully is not a bad event. (At least not too much)


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Joined: 01/15/2013
KrisW's Hello Note

I’ve always enjoyed board games, being the first among my siblings to discover ‘Hey! There are no strategies in Candyland!”. My favorite newish games are Quarriors, Seven Wonders and the Flux variations. Time honored favorites would be Axis and Allies, Go and Careers. I’m also interested in recreation of lost ancient games such as Senet.

My non-game career got a bit intense for the last 15 years leaving me little time for design but now I’m back to games on a regular basis.

By the way, KrisW is my online handle, not my given name. I use it for writing related stuff. It makes it easier to put mystery e-mails in context and keeps vocation and avocation separate. I hope that’s OK with folks here.

I’ve been a casual designer for quite a while and done play testing and run in-store demos on a professional level. (I was paid in free books – that makes it professional, right?) My never-to-be-published design attempts include a military strategy style game in which player-run NGOs attempt to evacuate the most people from a war torn region without becoming a pawn for various power groups. I also worked with a friend on another game in which player-run cats attempted to claim the maximum number of rooms in a household by depositing the most olfactory marks in any given room (i.e., a pissing contest).

The name for my current project is GUT – Great Grand Uncle’s Treasure. Players attempt to return ill-gotten (and cursed) treasures to their rightful owners and claim the enormous estate before the lawyers bleed off every penny futilely trying to clear the old thief’s name.

It’s great to be here,
- KrisW

Joined: 04/08/2012
Welcome to the board

Welcome to the community KrisW. Have fun and hope you stay awhile. Glad you can make it here.

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Joined: 03/03/2009
Been here a while and try to

Been here a while and try to help when I can. Great place. Instead of my retyping everything I'll just point you to my personal bio/blog that has lot so of resources:

Joined: 02/01/2013
New here


I've been board gaming for just over a year and have been designing games for just over a month. I have fallen in love with the relationship between rules and design. This site seems like a perfect opportunity to exploit some hidden talents of mine and help others in the process.

I look forward to working with all of you in developing and realizing our ideas.

-Silas Molino

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Joined: 02/26/2013
Just got here...

Been reading a lot of posts over the course of 2 months and figured if I'm part of BGG I should be a part of this forum as well. I am willing to playtest, critique, share knowledge and resources, as well as listen to words of experts and novices alike.

I'm a game designer from Canada and I'm looking to launch 3 of my titles this year in August at Fan Expo in Toronto. It's a big time for me so I'll be running through these threads pretty heavily over the next 3-4 months.

Ciao for now,

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Joined: 06/09/2011

Hi there, My name is Anthony and I have made a few games on IOS and Desura, I have made some board games as well that I have not published, but I do enjoy creating games. I especially like to create education games.

I am currently working on a card based battle game similar to the Mage Wars.

Thanx :-)

John Hunnisett
Joined: 05/27/2013


I have just joined and require some assistance in taking my Board game to market. I have all the designs drawings, rules etc.

Can anyone help?

Deveration's picture
Joined: 05/12/2013
Hi there.

Been meaning to do this for sometime but never got off my lazy butt to do so, till now. So here it is my Introduction.... of myself to this fine community.

So, hi ... not super sure of what to say. I am Deveration, a computer programmer by day and a hobbyist game designer by night. Unless it happens to be the nights I teach. In that case I will be Professor ...uh Deveration... of programming, graphic design, and game/interaction design at the University which pays me to do so. Yes that is a slightly odd cluster of classes to teach I guess but that's what happens when you go to college for one thing then return for an entirely different one.

Beyond professional things I am interested games, language, art, design, and all things in between. Specifically the "in between" as I most enjoy the relationships and interconnected "things" involved when talking about interactions, art, science, languages, computers, philosophy etc. Then working on how to make my own version of things to test out said interactions (computer <-> game <-> human linguistics for instance)

In short and I enjoy making and using things in any form I can get them. The most tangible outcome of these interests come out in the games I am working on.

Service wise I offer the community, any talents they need from beta testings to design work to feedback. My schedule is pretty dense, so I may not be able to at times but I'll help where I can.

Joined: 06/01/2013

This is my perfunctory introduction. I have been an infrequent lurker for some time. I am working on my first game and have questions regarding the process.

Thank you,

richdurham's picture
Joined: 12/26/2009
Here's me giving you

Here's me giving you both extrinsic validation (In Deveration's case, for getting off your lazy butt) to write an introduction. Hello! Welcome to BGDF.

Deveration, you'll fit right in with all the programmers/professors/artists that lurk around here. Where do you teach?

jpwrunyan, welcome to you as well! You should create a post for the game you're working on and see if any of the other BGDF'ers have any feedback for you.

Joined: 07/06/2013
Long time lurker

Salutations and various apropos felicitations to you all. Long time lurker, new member here. Looking forward to participate!

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Joined: 05/12/2013
@richdurham ... Huzzah! I

@richdurham ... Huzzah! I freaking love extrinsic validation.

In answer to your question I am an adjunct instructor at Bellevue University in Bellevue Ne. Maybe one day I will be a "real" instructor but that requires time in the academic world. Getting my doctorate would sure help on that front but it still takes time (and money).

richdurham's picture
Joined: 12/26/2009
Sounds like you are real

Sounds like you are real instructor to me! Welcome to the BGDF!

Matias's picture
Joined: 07/22/2013

Greetings to all.

I am an enthusiastic new board game designer who lives on the South side of the world, in Montevideo - Uruguay to be exact.
For several years I player RPGs, and consumers of various products of this hobby.

A colleague, who is also designer games, I made the recommendation of your forum to get in touch and share ideas and to learn from people with more experience in game design.

I hope to share some ideas and opinions on game design, components, concepts and rules.

We are in contact.

seo's picture
Joined: 07/21/2008

I guess I am the culprit, so I better am the first to welcome you to the forum. ;)

My suggestion for you and all new members is to try to take part in the Game Design Showdown as often as possible. Probably the best way to learn a lot in a short period. And lurk around as much as possible, post when you feel you have something to say that might help, even if you feel a bit shy at first.


Matias's picture
Joined: 07/22/2013

many thanks, I'll follow your suggestion and I'll catch up with the last topics of this thread

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Joined: 07/31/2013
New to the forum and to game design.


I'm Kim and my wife is Dana and together we are working on multiple game development ideas. We love playing games together or in other groups and have spent a lot of time trying to come up with games that would be enticing to our many gaming groups.

One is a board game that tries to mimmic a fishing tournament and includes angling, shopping at the tackle shop, betting and side-bets, sponsorship and the weigh-in to determine the tournament king!

Another is a card deck that plays similar to Gin but to complete melds, one will have to construct the object shown on the set of cards the player has collected.

I'm excited to be here and to learn from all the other designers on the board.


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Joined: 07/21/2008
Welcome, Kim and Dana!

Welcome, Kim and Dana!

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Joined: 09/06/2013
-- created a new thread with

-- created a new thread with my introduction --

Gabrial's picture
Joined: 10/19/2013
Gabrial in Oregon

I’m new to BGDF but I’m a long time board game enthusiast. I live in Silverton Oregon.

I’ve designed 10 different games but only recently have I “completed” a game. The rest were all experiments and explorations that didn’t quite work out.

My completed project is a fully cooperative game for 1-4 players that takes 30 minutes to play. I’m now dressing up the prototype and endlessly play testing it.

Joined: 10/26/2013
Hello world!

Hey there!

I'm new here, as you might have already guessed ;) and newish to board game design. Technically, I started designing my first board game when I was 12 but I never finished it. It was supposed to be an RPG in board game form (back then I had no knowledge of all the cool board games that already existed, aside from monopoly and life...).

Anywho, I am now 23, and started getting back into playing/designing board games about a year ago. I completely on a whim decided to buy a bunch of new board games to play with my friends, and enjoyed it so much I decided to try making my own again!

I have yet to complete a game, though I did bring one of my first ideas to prototype stage (along with several serious flaws...) which has been on the shelf for the last year collecting dust. I do have several game ideas I want to bring to fruition though, including bringing that first one back to life, and the goal is to actually FINISH one sometime soon!

As you may have guessed, my favorite type of board games are the complicated fantasy-style ones like Rune Wars or Descent, though I also love "building" games like Settlers and Agricola. I'd say that sums up my gaming "style", though I love new/fresh ideas as well.

So, I'm excited to meet all you like-minded board game fiends and get some help with my games, and possibly provide some input myself! Thanks for reading. :)

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Joined: 03/05/2014

Hello Everyone,

I'm an autodidact (other than school before 7yrs old), Designer. I'm working on 5 games, have been fortunate enough to get a special mention for my first one which was untested by anyone when I entered it for the contest. It was a boardgame(rpg), designed to be anti-competitive and was written in one of my second languages: French.

I've lived independantly since I was 14, and worked in an array of milieus from dancing company to assistant Probation officer to graphic designer and garden design...making rat poison to selling macrame sandals made by me at es cana market in Ibiza.. there's more...;)

If I may, I'd like to include a request, (feel free to reciprocate, ...after midnight I'm fairly friendly... "but Peter!, technically it's always after midnight", "uh you noticed?" he replied dryly...but with a good-natured smile...)

A simple first "post" whilst I explore and learn my way round this new (2me) site. By the way, I speak 3 languages so replies in Spanish French or English are fine.

If anyone out there is an english-speaking card game player, could you please check, by clicking "Link 1", if my, (french into english), translation of my friend, Xavier's, card game rules is clear and understandable. IE:I simply need to know if it: "Makes sense to native english speakers"

For a "free", (there are printing costs... ), "Print And Play" version of the cards to go with my rules please click on "Link 2".

For Xaviers game at a "Print on Demand site", please click on Link 3, tho' I'm guessing that won't be necessary to evaluate my set of rules... I hope :)

Link 1:
Link 2:
Link 3:

Lastly, I hope this sort of post is OK on this thread? It's my first, as you know, before exploring, so if I've trod on anyones wotsits, my apologies... cheers all! and thx for your time! P.


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