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It’s Your Turn…

A helpful resource for all aspects of designing tabletop board & card games:
game design, prototyping, playtesting, publishing, and much much more!

Game Manufacturing Photo Tour

Mary Prasad has put together an enjoyable tour of the Ludo Fact game manufacturer in Germany. She includes lots of photos and plenty of good information. Check it out at Boardgame News!

Create a How-To!

Members can now create How-To content for sharing with other members. To create a How-To start by going to the How-To area using the link located in the top right area of the site (located in the blue banner area just above the recent topics column).

Once you go to the How-To area there is a very VERY basic How-To on creating a How-To! So if you feel creative and would like to share your methods, skills and steps on how to create something, please share by creating a How-To.

--The BGDF Staff

January 2009 Game Design Showdown - Winner announced!

By Jove he's done it again!

Congratulations to ilta for his entry "Back to You", which was voted the best response to this month's Challenge. The Challenge was entitled "No I in Team", and was looking for non sports games with team play.

You can get all of the details on the Challenge Thread.

Private Message Indicator

Please note that there is NO longer a Private Message area located in the right column. This is a direct result of the PM indicator being moved and handled next to the Messages link located in the left navigation column area. If you have new messages you will now see something such as

Messages (#)

Located in the left column area under the Personal menu option. The # will indicate the number of new messages, if there is no (#) located next to the text, that means you have no new PMs.

--The BGDF Staff

Granting other members privs to a game journal!

Members should now be able to use the new GRANT feature to assign other members to a Game Journal they create. Once the initial Game Journal item is created (say just the title). A new GRANT option should appear to the right of the title.

When selected the GRANT page will give you a method to enter a user name to find the member you wish to grant permissions to your page.

Enter the member name (or partial name), once have the member name you have to select the KEEP checkbox, and select the checkbox permissions you wish to give (view, edit, delete), and lastly hit save.

BGDF Site Update : Phase 1 completed

Phase 1 of the site update has been completed, with one casualty, PM messages are at least temporarily lost. These *lost* PMs still exist in the database, but some software updates to the system is causing some random issues with the availability of the PMs. If you have any issues with OLD missing PMs please PM Zzzzz and all attempts will be made to resolve the issue.

Updates will be continuing through out the next few days, but the majority of the down time should be over with this Phase 1 update.

A message outlining the additional enhancements and changes will follow shortly, once a few additional tweaks are accomplished.

But for starters, besides the ability to DELETE PMs now, there will also be some access level changes that will allow members the ability to grant access to their content to other members. YES collaboration on game journals should be available shortly!

--BGDF Staff

BGDF Site Maintenance 1/9/08 - 1/11/08 will be undergoing some site maintenance over the weekend.

As a result the site will become unavailable during the later hours (11pm EST - 4am EST) on both 1/9/08 and 1/10/08.

Be be aware that full site, database, user files backups will be performed during this time. There will also be a large upgrade to site software, along with some other enhancements.

Thank you,
--BGDF Staff

List Of Publishers

This is an introductory list of contact information for publishers and their current status on accepting submissions. Below you will find multiple sections containing publishers who are current seeking submissions, require you to write more more info, only accept games through an agent or broker and not current accepting submissions.

These sections will be updated as new publishers are added or as the status of current publishers changes (Last update: 5 December 2017).

Playtest Journals

Long time member MatthewF has created a playtesting aid that may interest many of our members.

His product, Playtest Journals, are designed to help you capture important information about a playtest session that is easy to forget. They encourage you to examine the status of the game at key points, record player interest and choices, monitor important issues as play progresses, and keep track of ideas for changes.

For more information about Playtest Journal, and to help support one of our members, head over to Matthew's site to see more detailed information about the product.

Bruno Faidutti's FAQ for Would-Be Game Authors

Game designer Bruno Faidutti, with more than 50 published games, offers some great advice about intellectual property issues, prototyping, finding publishers, and working with them. The article, originally published in the French game magazine Des Jeux sur un Plateau, can be found on his site.

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by Dr. Radut