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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!

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.

Search Now Available!

There is now an option to search the site. Ok ok it took long enough, right?!?!?!

The search option is located in the lower left column. The location might change over time, but for now that is the location to find it.

At this time, the searchable content is updated based on a 2 hour window. So this means anything that is posted within two hours of the last search indexing, may not show up, until the next search indexing occurs.

At this time it seems that 2 hours is more than adequate, and hopefully the search indexing task is stable (since it has previously had issues).

Also, please note that on the search results screen, there are also advanced search options, as well as a method to search on users.

Thanks & Enjoy!

The BGDF Staff

Private Messages - Update!

Private Message have been updated a 2nd time. At this time you will no longer see an option on the left hand navigation menu to select for Private Messages.

At this time there is now a Private Messages area located on the top right column. This area will display *recent* PMs alert as well as two icons :


If you select the first icon you will be taken to your inbox. If you select the second icon you will be taken to the write PM screen.

Again stay tune for additional changes..

The BGDF Staff

Forum Views Count

The Forum Views count issue has been resolved. It will now display the total number of views.

PM Alert Feature

Hello Members,

At this time I have released a very simple PM Alert feature. If you have any new private messages within the last day, a simple alert message will be presented in the upper right bar location above the recent topics. It will take the format of

PM Alert
X messages in last day

At this time the implementation is VERY basic. I have to do some custom modifications to the module to support anything more robust.

You will also notice that the inbox should now present you with a formatted timestamp, as well as some other simple cleanup.

Stay tune for more changes!

The BGDF Staff

Update to Recent Topics

Hello All,

As you can see there was a update to the Recent Topics list (located on the right side of the page). This was a result of some various input from members that desired to have some way to identify what type of topic is being listed. So I have added in an initial trial version that now includes icons!

The following is a small legend to help members understand the various content types that could be displayed :


A little bit of info...

News Article

Since this is a new site I figured I would try to help make the transition easier by posting a few quick helpful items.

If you wish to find any blogs, images or game journal content you have posted, this is possible by accessing your *My account* page. Blogs were already handled by the system, but I have added a listing at the bottom of the user page that will contain your specific game journals and images. This should make finding your contributions to the site easier.

July 2008 Game Design Showdown Challenge Winner Announced

Congratulations to TheMob, who submitted the entry entitled "Sharkball" ... it was voted the best entry to the July 2008 GDS Challenge. The Challenged, "Pool Party", was looking for games played in or around a swimming pool.

Check out "Sharkball" and the other 3 entries in the Challenge Thread in the forums.

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