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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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    More Dirty Deeds

    Dirty Deeds Teaser

    Thanks for the patience everyone.

    We've been really busy, getting everything ready to share. So without further ado here it is.

    Thoughts on my unpublished, futuristic gridiron football game


    Hi everyone! This is my first post on this site and my first public post about my game I have been working on for a bit now. I wanted to make a game journal but I can't for the life of me understand how that works, so I think writing blog posts will be good.

    So quick pitch about my game:

    My First Game, My First Blog Post

    Good Afternoon Fellow Designers!

    I am new to both this glorious forum and game designing in general. I do have plenty of experience playing social games, namely card games. which is what I'm currently working on.

    I can already hear you guys groaning at the thought of another social card game, and I totally understand. However, it has been said by many successful game designers to start with a card game, then moving onto more "meaty" games.

    That being said, let's learn about my game, shall we?

    Name: Haven't pinned that down yet, opinions are welcome!

    Component.Studio Updates

    The Game Crafter - Component.Studio - Board Game Design App

    We’ve made a bunch of small changes to Component.Studio:

    1. Added character count to fields in data set editor.
    2. Exporting to TGC auto-selects similarly named game and components.
    3. You can now update a font in place by clicking on it’s preview image.
    4. Fit to box now scales down fonts 1 pixel at a time rather than 5.
    5. Updates for GDPR compliance.

    Start your free trial today at

    Crystal Heroes: The latest News!

    Before I go ahead and discuss what the latest news is concerning "Crystal Heroes", I just wanted to describe some of the designs constraints used in previous versions (not released) of this specific game design.

    So one of the biggest constraints with the "Crystal Heroes" design was that it featured a small-ish footprint by having a "Micro" Deck. The idea was that the game would use a small deck with only a limited amount of cards and the battles would be relatively quick (maybe 30 to 60 minutes in length).

    Quest Adventure Cards(tm): Suspended design

    Well for those who have been following the "Second Edition" re-work of "Quest Adventure Cards(tm)", we have run into bit of a problem. Revising the finances available for more game development... and... well we are short when it comes to the "production" of this game.

    As such we have decided to "suspend" the design and work on something more "short-term" to try to help with something a little bit less "ambitious"...

    Just Launched - The Game Crafter's Bargain Bin

    The Game Crafter - Bargain Bin

    We have just launched The Game Crafter’s Bargain Bin at Here you can find the best deals on The Game Crafter each and every day. The Bargain Bin includes:

    New and Used Mass Market Games
    New and Used TGC Games
    Deal of the Day
    Specialty Bundles

    Super Bee news update Illustrator Job

    Hi guys and gals. Since I've posted the job for an illustrator we received a lot of interested from talented people. We want to thank you all and let you know what is happening.
    1. The job is still on and we are still waiting for portfolios from people interested in the job;
    2. At the end of the month (June 2018) and beginning of the next, we will have a look through all the portfolios received and decide if, and which, are suited for our little project.

    New Board Game Pieces - 15mm x 4mm Wood Discs

    The Game Crafter - Board Game Pieces - 15mm x 4mm Wood Discs - 7 Colors Available at The Game Crafter

    We now have 15mm x 4mm Discs in our online parts shop! They are made of wood, measure 15mm x 4mm, and are available in 7 colors. We continue to add more variations of the discs because they are such a generically useful piece to so many game designers.

    Get them at

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