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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.

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    New Board Game Pieces - Clear Storage Box

    The Game Crafter - Board Game Pieces - Clear Storage Box

    Yesterday we added a Storage Jar to our Board Game Pieces Shop. Today we are adding the Storage Box! This is a 21 compartment clear storage box that measures 10.5″ x 7″ x .91″. It hinges open in the back and has a latch on the front to stay closed.

    New Board Game Pieces - Clear Storage Jar

    The Game Crafter - Board Game Pieces - Clear Storage Jar

    We added a clear Storage Jar to our Board Game Pieces Shop. The round plastic containers measure 1.32" x 2.82" x 2.82" and have a screw on lid. They are great for keeping components organized in the game box and reducing setup time.

    Intro to Component.Studio Livestream - Wed, Feb 20th

    The Game Crafter - Intro to Https:// live stream

    Cassie Friedman and Jt Smith will do an intro to http://Component.Studio live stream on Facebook and YouTube on Wednesday, February 20th at 4:30 US Central time. Watch it at or

    Introducing the Deck Box!

    The Game Crafter - Deck Box

    The Game Crafter can now make custom printed Deck Boxes! They come in 3 versions: Blank ($5), Top and Sides Printed ($8), and Fully Printed ($9). The interior dimensions are 3.75 x 8 x 3 inches and it has the same rigid 2mm chipboard construction as our Stout Boxes.

    Watch our product video on youtube at

    Box art file I sent to my manufacturer

    Heroes & Treasure box art screenshot

    This is obviously smaller than the real thing, because of the size limit here, but this recently came up, so I thought I'd show what a "box" looks like to a manufacturer.

    Additionally I wanted to note that each of my cards is about a 100mb PDF file, when saved with its layers (about 5mb saved as a TIFF). Files are not small! And this is also why MS Word is not the right file format.

    New Board Game Accessories - Mini Storage Box

    The Game Crafter - Board Game Accessories - Mini Storage Boxes

    We added 4 new types of Mini Storage Box to our Board Game Accessories Shop! These plastic boxes are stackable and come in 4 different colors with each color having different dividers inside. They work great inside game boxes when you need to keep your game components organized.

    Axis Mundi Updates

    I have been working a lot on Axis Mundi.

    The rule book has been re-written to 1) completely focus on the 3-player game (I took out the 6-player game because I couldn't play-test it), 2) character's, Angel's, and Demon's variable powers were re-balanced, 3) a real-time mechanic was added for advanced play, 4) rules were generally clarified, simplified, and cover more possible game states, and 5) the game's end-phase gameplay was improved. All in all, these changes reduced the length of the rule book by about 7 pages.

    Introducing the Medium Stout Box!

    The Game Crafter - Game Box - Medium Stout Box now available at The Game Crafter

    The Game Crafter has a new custom printed game box that it can make for board game designers. It’s called the Medium Stout Box and it matches the premium quality and durability of our Large Stout Box and Small Stout Box. This game box is made of rugged 70pt chipboard and it measures 6.125 x 9 x 2.25 inches (156 x 229 x 57 mm).

    Darkness & Light Kickstarter is live!

    I know I haven't really been talking about it much here, but I've been working on an expansion pack for my Heroes & Treasure game. It's not a new design, obviously, though it will contain new mechanics such as scrolls and traps.

    If anyone's interested in seeing it, it's at:

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    by Dr. Radut