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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 - 3 Types of Trees

    The Game Crafter - Board Game Pieces - Green Tree, Small Tree, and Large Tree

    3 new types of trees in our Board Game Pieces Shop! From Left to Right: Green Tree, Small Tree, and Large Tree. Green Tree fits lighter themed games and the Small & Large Tree are great in RPG or board games requiring more realistic terrain. Available at


    OMG I am very happy that my first Kickstarter has now shipped to customers. My own copies will arrive in three days' time, and packages will be arriving in Canada and the UK within the next few days as well.

    So I'm officially a published game designer :)

    That is all.


    Dragon vs. Knight by Byron Stoddard

    Hello everyone,

    I am an artist and after viewing many amazing kickstarter board game projects that have been successfully.
    I see that doing art for a solid board game would be a good investment of my time.

    Any interested game startups hit me up and check out my work at:

    Dymino Monsters

    Dymino Monsters: Duel System Rule Set 1

    Dymino Monsters creates by: Jesse F / Stormyknight 1976

    This rule set is for players who duel with monster / creature vs. monster / creature encounters.


    1: Opponents try to obtain the 9 hex spaces on the field (Playmat) as long as they can.

    2: Deplete opponent’s draw pile to zero.

    3: Strategize to win both victory conditions.


    1: 40 cards (Players are allowed to play with 40 cards of their own deck).
    Can be divided for 2 players (20 cards) each.

    Redrawn Villains and New Playerboards

    The Unhinged

    I redrew my villains for Book of Villainy. Until now, I'd been using some drawings I did in a half an hour at work. For the past few months however, I'd been practicing my drawing and getting better with dynamic poses, and I felt I could do better realizations of my villains. So I changed some of their designs, and instead of villain character cards, which I had also been using up until now, I created new playerboards. Thanks to a suggestion in my sellsheet post, I realized I could just make character specific playerboards and consolidate components.

    New Board Game Pieces - Stone Walls

    The Game Crafter - Board Game Pieces - Stone Walls

    Our Board Game Pieces Shop now has Stone Walls. They are great thematic pieces of game terrain for your #RPG and #BoardGames! They have length of 4.11 inches, height of .77 inches, width of .43 inches and cost $2 each. 17mm Meeple for scale.

    New Board Game Pieces - Seer's Stone & Altar

    The Game Crafter - Board Game Pieces - Seer's Stone and Altar

    We added a Seer’s Stone and Altar to our Board Game Pieces Shop! These are detailed and thematic pieces of terrain for your RPG or board games. 17mm Meeple included for scale.


    I'm thinking about submitting for

    I'm not quite sure how likely I am to do well there, or really what the benefit will end up being, but may be a good use of 15 copies of my game.

    Anyone here have any experience with the Mensa board game competition, or what the effect is on your sales if you win? (I'm pretty sure it would be a good way to get into, say, Barnes & Noble)

    Crafter Con 2018 - Livestream sessions available starting today at 9am CT

    The Game Crafter - Crafter Con - The convention for board game designers

    Crafter Con 2018 takes place Thursday, November 29th and begins at 9am CT. The video at talks about the event as well as Protospiel Madison 2018 which immediately follows it. Sessions will be live streamed on our Facebook page at

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