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GDS November 2009 Challenge: "Travelling Light: King's Quest Edition"

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November 2009 Challenge - "Travelling Light: King's Quest Edition"

This Challenge has been completed.

Congratulations to new BGDF member Don Jon and his entry "Find Me a New Prince Charming!" for receiving the most votes this month!

CRITIQUES: Post constructive critiques and commentary about the entries to this Challenge in the Critiques Thread.

Hippodice is on again!

It's time once again for amateur designers to put their best foot forward, get their stuff together and enter a game in the annual Hippodice game design contest!

Game Design Showdown September 2009 Challenge: "Canned Space"

Film Cnister

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September 2009 Challenge - "Canned Space"

  • Submissions were accepted: Thursday, 10-Spetember-2009 through Thursday, 17-September-2009.
    • Voting was tallied: Friday, 18-September-2009 through Friday, 25-September-2009.

And the winner is....

"Drop Pods" by Jpwoo.

Congratulations as being selected the best of the four games in this month's contest, winning by a single vote over "Deep Scan" by Brykovian.

Main Design Requirements:

  • Theme: Outer Space Exploration.
  • Component Requirement: Must use 35mm film canisters (or similar). Can use black with gray lid, or semi-transparent (both body and lid). (see picture to the right). Feel free to add other components as you wish.

Game Design Showdown August 2009 Challenge: "Make Mike Hammer Cry"

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August 2009 Challenge - "Make Mike Hammer Cry"

>>> This Challenge has been COMPLETED<<<

Congratulations to doho123 for his winning entry!

The Game Design Showdown will Return in August

There will not be a July 2009 Game Design Showdown Challenge here at BGDF. It will return in August.

In the meantime, I will encourage you to check out the card game design contest going on at BGG ... get more information here:

Design Contest At BGG - Traditional Card Game (2 player).


I'm hosting a little design contest over at BGG to have people design some card games for two players that are playable with standard decks of cards (or playing tarot cards). I thought perhaps some of the folks over here might be interested in participating; mostly for the design challenge but perhaps also for the Geekgold (the prize pool is currently at 84.71GG). The rules for the contest are posted here.


June 2009 Challenge - "Last Meeple Standing"

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June 2009 Challenge - "Last Meeple Standing"


The winner is ilta for "State of Nature". Congrats!

8 Entries now available for review and critiquing

  • Submissions: Wednesday, 17-June-2009 through Wednesday, 24-June-2009.
  • Voting: Wednesday, 24-June-2009 through Friday, 3-July-2009.

Main Design Requirements:

  • End Game = Being the last player to accomplish some predefined goal (so not gain 20 vp, not cross the finish line, not collect 3 sets, not use the last resource, etc).
  • Victory Condition = Anything you desire.
  • Meeple Components must be used.


  • Survival. The game should portray a thematic feeling of survival.

Game Design Showdown May 2009 Challenge: "The Horror of the Siftables"

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May 2009 Challenge - "The Horror of the Siftables"


The winner is Mitchell Allen for "Pandora's Mountain". Congrats!

There are 5 entries that I have posted. Click on the "comments" clickable do-hickey below to see the entries.

  • Voting: Wednesday, 20-May-2009 through Wednesday, 27-May-2009.

  • Voting: I will be using the "10 points" method of voting. In other words, when you vote, you assign any number of points to your favorite entries, as long as the total amount of points you assign does not exceed 10 total points. You are free to cast your points as you wish across as many games as you wish. However, you are not allowed to assign points to your own game.

Design a "scary" game using Siftables technology. What are "Siftables?" Glad you asked! Click to see Siftables in action here.

Theme: Horror. The game should be based on a "scary" or "horror" theme. It can be a classic horror theme, or modern. Monsters, zombies, mad slashers, haunted castles, vampires, etc.

Main Design Requirement:
A heavy use of the Siftables technology is required. Which I don't think is going to be too much of a problem.

Game Design Showdown April 2009 Challenge: "Dictyostelids"

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April 2009 Challenge - "Dictyostelids"


Design a board game in which the players control their pieces in a whay that somehow resembles the individual and aggregate states of the Dictyostelid cellular slime molds.

Theme: Free. The game theme can be literally about cellular slime molds, or cellular nano-robots, or any other thing the designer finds suitable to the main challenge premise.

March 2009 Game Design Showdown -- Winners Announced

A pair of entries tied with the most votes for best entry in the March 2009 GDS Challenge:

  • Valley of Winds by awakener76
  • Trailer Park: The Game! by stubert

Congratulations to both of them, and the other 5 entries that came within a vote or two of that top mark. The March Challenge was entitled "Sharing the Wind" and was looking for games themed around wind that included a shared piece or pieces.

Get all the details in the Challenge Thread.

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