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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 - Question Mark & Exclamation Mark Tokens

    The Game Crafter - Board Game Pieces - Question Mark & Exclamation Mark Tokens

    We added Question Mark and Exclamation Mark tokens to our Board Game Pieces shop! These plastic tokens have a diameter of .74 inch, a width of .2 inch, and are only available in gray at this time. Details at https://www.thegamecrafter.com/game-pieces?q=mark&hPP=32&idx=products&p=...

    "Debt Freaks!" - WIP (The Design Process)

    "Debt Freaks!" is my first ever board game design. I want to use this blog to ask for your feedback and to provide some progress updates throughout the design process. I am really excited about this, but I need your help!
    I would LOVE your feedback as I go through this process to make this game. Seriously, ANY & ALL constructive criticism, advice, questions, thoughts, corrections or anything else are most welcome!!!

    I will start with a brief summary of the game idea:

    Diamond Heist - Simple Solitaire Playing Card Game

    Diamond Heist

    A simple solitaire game in which the player must arrange a 3 by 3 grid of numbered playing cards such that all horizontal, vertical, and diagonal sums are equal (15 diamonds).

    Game Rules v1.2

    Cyberpunk Savages - A design blog

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    Note: All artwork is pulled from opengameart, google images, or deviantart, and is being used for prototype purposes.

    ABOUT ME

    Thought I’d start a blog detailing the growth of my current project and focus. Welcome.

    I’m pretty fresh to the board game design world. Since I was a kid, I’ve been heavily involved with creating digital games, programming, interactive design, that kind of thing. In the past few years, I’ve built half a dozen prototypes of varying success.

    New Board Game Pieces Available - Landscapes

    The Game Crafter - Board Game Pieces - Landscapes

    We added a set of Landscapes to The Game Crafter's Board Game Pieces Shop! This group of 14 wood tokens (2 sets of 7 buildings) includes: Arch, Bridge, Tower, Mountain, Pagoda, Temple, and Coliseum. International flare for your game for only $.66! Learn more at https://www.thegamecrafter.com/parts/landscapes-2-sets-of-7

    Need Much Help!!

    Hello - I'm new to this blog and I'm extremely happy I came across it. Especially at this highly crucial time for me.
    I'm in the prototype phase of a new board game and I'm trying to acquire the things I need to have a prototype for my kickstarter campaign.

    I have a board, dice, game pieces, timer, scoresheets and homemade printed colored cards (red, yellow and green cardstock).

    I'm trying to find a company or companies to help me create a box and a tray both to my specifications.

    The Game Crafter Podcast: Episode 179 - The Board Game Blueprint

    The game Crafter - The Game Crafter Official Podcast

    JT Smith wants to talk about a new project underway at The Game Crafter. But in order to do that he needs to bring on a special guest: Ben Moy! Join JT, Jeff, and Ben as they discuss the new YouTube project: The Board Game Blueprint.

    Listen to the podcast at
    http://thegamecrafter.libsyn.com/the-board-game-blueprint-project-at-the...

    A story-to-game project

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    Bon après-midi, ladies and gentlemen,

    The topic started this summer:
    https://www.bgdf.com/forum/general/welcome-bgdf/story-game-creator
    Well, after a bulk of efforts to bring the project to life I have to finally say, I failed. Not that I had expected something more than usual but total absence of interest for my game speaks louder than words. And the message is the project ended up in a pit of trash.

    Super-Bee modular board and multiple counters (one for each player)

    Super-Bee playtesting with 6 couters

    An idea of a modular board crossed through my mind and I wanted to see if it will work for Super-Bee.

    My thoughts were that this modular board will allow for a more complex version of the game.

    Here are a few positive points I thought the modular board will bring to the game (before playtesting it):

    + it's modular so you can arange the board anyway you want, with suggested ideas in the rule book for levels of complexity, for each various setup; freedom for players to get creative and setup the board as they like it;

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