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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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    Custom Printed Mint Tins and Mint Tin Deck at The Game Crafter

    The Game Crafter - Board Game Boxes - Custom Printed Mint Tins

    The Game Crafter is pleased to announce our new custom printed Mint Tins and Mint Tin Deck (cards shaped precisely for the Mint Tin). We expect that people will love these to go along with the Mint Tin Challenge.

    Details for Mint Tin:

    Details for Mint Tin Deck:

    Mint Tin Challenge:

    Protospiel Chicago starts in 21 Days!

    Protospiel Chicago starts in just 21 days! Make sure you:
    - Register
    - Post your games up on the site
    - Mark other's games you are interested in
    - Get a hotel room if needed (discounted room rate expires on Aug 23)
    - Tell all your friends!

    See you at

    New Game Accessories - Tall Black Parts Bag

    The Game Crafter - Board Game Accessories - Tall Black Parts Bag

    We added a Tall Black Parts Bag to our Game Accessories Shop! The bag has a height of 9″ (229mm), width of 6″ (152mm), and is made of black cloth. If this bag isn’t what you need, be sure to browse our collection of 23 different parts bags in our shop. Available at

    Simple Elegance Challenge - Winner Announced!

    The Game Crafter - Board Game Design Contest - Simple Elegance

    And the winner of the Simple Elegance Challenge is As The Earth Crumbles by Slinky Gibbon Games.

    Our judge Maxine Ekl provided this spreadsheet with full scoring and comments.

    See the other game design contests at The Game Crafter at

    Headhunter: Hilarious Hires from history is LIVE!

    Headhunter: Hilarious Hires from history 2nd Ed. is live on Kickstarter! We would appreciate it if you would check it out!

    Thanks! :)


    The Game Crafter has upgraded our card stock!

    The Game Crafter - We have upgraded our paper to 12pt 320gsm black core card stock!

    We are pleased to announce that we’re now using a higher quality card stock for all orders after 208000. The new paper is 12pt 320gsm black core card stock and it is a nice upgrade over what we were using. Best of all, we're able to do this without increasing prices!

    Monster Keep — Simplified 90% design

    Well if you've read one of my earlier threads, the "LOOT" Tactical system has "revealed" a *new* way to handle combat within the game. This new combat system is much, much, much simpler than the one using the Online Calculator such that I can REMOVE both the "Calculator" and the "Scoresheet" from existence. That's right with this new system, those electronic add-ons are no longer necessary.

    View Your Game Boxes in 3D at The Game Crafter!

    We’re giving a sneak peek at a new publishing system that we’re developing. This is just one of the features. It’s called the Box Viewer, and it allows you to see your boxes in 3D so that you can proof them better before ordering them! This is the future, folks. :)

    Watch the official announcement video at

    Jonathan Gilmour Explains Why He Loves The Game Crafter

    We had a chance to talk to Jonathan Gilmour at Grand Con last year. Not only is he an accomplished professional game designer with amazing titles like "Dead of Winter", "Dinosaur Island", and "Kids on Bikes", he's also a great human being and a member of The Game Crafter community. He's been using our service for several years now and we asked him why he loves The Game Crafter. Watch his testimonial video on youtube at

    In addition, he is now head of game development at Pandasaurus Games. Check out all their games at!

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