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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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    New Game Design Contest at The Game Crafter - Solo Game Design Challenge

    The Game Crafter - Board Game Design Contest - Solo Game Design Challenge

    The Game Crafter is pleased to announce the "Solo Game Design Challenge".

    For this new game design contest, you must create a new game in which the primary player count is 1. A solo game is one like Friday or Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island or Onirim in which an entire game is expected to be played without another player. You can find additional examples on BoardGameGeek.

    The contest will be judged by Mike Wokasch of Fairway 3 Games, LLC. His game Starving Artists contains a solo variant and he was the designer of the solo variant for Underlings of Underwing.

    My Rulebook

    Okay, I'm putting this here first, in case anyone would like to make any suggestions. I'm open to any constructive criticism from "I hate your art" to "What kind of stupid layout is that?" to "This probably isn't much fun"...

    I'm probably going to pull out the Table of Contents.. wasted space, and I want it to fit in 8 pages total as well.

    The graphic design is what's known in the industry as "me typing in MS Word", so don't expect too much :) I will have it done more professionally before it ships.

    Crafter Con 2017 - Jessica Banks & Travis Winter: Insider Tips About Publishers

    The Game Crafter - Crafter Con 2017 Live Stream Event

    Jessica Banks and Travis Winter work for Atlas Games. In this session from Crafter Con 2017, you'll hear about how games are picked up by publishers, what they're looking for, and the kinds of deals you can expect. There's also lots of great information shared through Q&A with the audience.

    Watch the full video on Youtube at

    This is a recording of a live session at Crafter Con 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin. If you'd like to learn more about Crafter Con visit

    New bases for miniatures - available in 8 colors

    The Game Crafter - Board Game Pieces - Miniatures Bases

    Check out these new miniatures bases! They are 25mm wide and come in 8 different colors. See them at

    A Card Game in its Infancy

    I thought I would occasionally post my ideas and updates regarding the card game I've just started creating.

    For this first update, I'll very simply give the rundown of how the game would theoretically go.

    This is a two-player card game with simple dice combat. Both players will create a fleet of Vehicles, and equip those vehicles with various crew and technology. The goal of the game is to either destroy the opponents entire fleet, or destroy their base.


    Okay, so I bit the bullet and started a Facebook page for my game.

    Not quite as bad as I was expecting, though the whole social media marketing thing is just not in my wheelhouse. Having to constantly post updates, for example.


    Facebook makes stuff pretty easy. I was pleasantly surprised that it was easy and obvious how to schedule posts for the future, so I can write up a couple of posts in the evening and have them appear at different times the next day. Makes this much more doable.

    Adapting the traits of viral videos

    I recently saw a series of videos about the business of viral videos, and was surprised that it was actually informative and analytical.

    The videos were given from the point of view of getting someone started in producing viral videos for profit, but some of the lessons could be applicable to designing and marketing board games.

    What to pursue?

    1. Write a list of all your ideas.
    2. Go through each item and evaluate it from 1 to 5 on three criteria:
      • How big is the audience?
      • How much do they care?
      • How passionate are you about this idea?

    New Game Pieces - Assorted D6 Dice

    We've got an assortment of D6 dice on sale at… and Limited supply and then they're gone.

    New Game Piece Available at The Game Crafter - Treasure Chests!

    The Game Crafter - Board Game Pieces - Treasure Chest

    Treasure! Fill up this empty treasure chest with whatever your game players desire, close it up, and wait to see their faces when they finally reach it and feast on their haul. Get yours at

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    by Dr. Radut