Design Contest 2018

 

Entries are now closed.
See the finalists here.
Check out the list of games here.

 

The Board Game Workshop Design Contest is a game design contest open to board, card, and dice games that will not be available for sale or preorder before 2019. The contest consists of 3 rounds. First round submissions require a pitch video and short description of your game. The top entries will move onto round two and send in game rules and a how to play video. The top 5 entries from round two will move onto round three where they will send in a physical prototype of their game. Judges will play the 5 finalists and choose a winner.

How to Enter

 

Read the contest rules and make sure your game meets the eligibility requirements.
Purchase a ticket for the contest from Eventbrite.
You will then get a link to the submission form. In the form you will put your email, the order ID# from your ticket, your 500 character (max) description, and a link to your 2 minute (max) pitch video.
Make sure your video is accessible without signing in and no longer than 2 minutes.
If you want to submit multiple designs, you must purchase a separate ticket for each.
If you have any questions, send them to contest@theboardgameworkshop.com
Patreon Supporters
If you are a Patreon supporter of The Board Game Workshop, follow the directions on Patreon to use your free entry.

 

Contest Details
You may enter as many games as you like. You must provide the following requirements for each game entered. Patreon supporters get one free entry, each additional entry will require the $5 fee.
Note that your entries may be discussed publicly on social media. Designers maintain all rights to thier designs.

 

Round One
$5 Entrance fee paid on Eventbrite or free entry for Patreon supporters.
Pitch video describing your game (maximum 2 minutes).
Short text description of your game (500 character limit).
Round Two
Pass Round One
English Rules PDF
How To Play Video (no time limit, but you will be judged on how well you explain the game.)
Updated short text description of your game (500 character limit).
Round Three (5 finalists)
Pass Round Two
Send a complete and playable physical prototype, including english rules and all necessary components. Art is not required but the game should have all necessary graphic elements for play.
Interview about your game on The Board Game Workshop.
Judging
Entries will get judges’ feedback for every round of the contest.
Feedback will consist of your average scores for the questions below, as well as written feedback. Judges are allowed to write as much as they want, but will give a minimum of 2 sentences of feedback in round one and 4 sentences of feedback in round 2. Round 3 will have extensive feedback based on the play test as well as a vote from the audience.
Round One
How innovative is the game?
How excited are you to play the game?
How well was the game idea presented?
Round Two
How clear are the written rules?
How clear is the how to play video?
How innovative is the game?
How excited are you to play the game?
Round Three
Play tests and audience vote.
Prizes
1st Place will get
$100
and a $20 off an order from Print & Play Admagic online coupon*
4 runners up will each get
$25
and a $20 off an order from Print & Play Admagic online coupon*
All participants will be entered into random prize drawings of games and/or gift certificates.
And the most valuable prize, judges’ feedback for every round.
*The “$20 off an order from Print & Play Admagic online coupon” is a prize to be awarded to each of the top 5 designs in The Board Game Workshop Design Contest that will be continuing on to Round 3 of the contest. The savings on an order from Print & Play Admagic is a gesture of support and could potentially help contestants put their best foot forward in the final round of The Board Game Workshop Design Contest. The top five contestants in The Board Game Workshop Design Contest do not have to use what they order from Print & Play Admagic in Round 3 of the contest. This is a prize that may be used as designers see fit. The Print & Play Admagic online coupon code the top five contestants in The Board Game Workshop Design Contest will receive will be good until the final submission date for Round 3 of The Board Game Workshop Design Contest. There are no other restrictions.

 

Calendar
Using UTC -12 time zone for deadlines. So if it is the due date anywhere on earth it’s still valid.
Dates subject to change.
August 8 – Announcement
August 22 – Submissions Open
September 19 – Round 1 Submissions Due
October 3 – Round 1 Results Posted
October 17 – Round 2 Submissions Due
November 14 – Round 2 Results Posted
December 12 – Round 3 Submissions Due
December 26 – Winner Posted
Eligibility
You must be 18 years or older to enter.
You must pay the $5 entrance fee for each game submitted to the contest. Patreon supporters of The Board Game Workshop at any level get one free entry. https://www.patreon.com/TheBoardGameWorkshop
Your game must be a board, card, or dice game. No video games. No role playing games. 
Your game must be your original work.
You must have the right to use all art assets in your game.
Your game must not be available for sale, pre-order, or crowdfunding before January of 2019. 
Judges of this contest are not allowed to enter.
The Board Game Workshop reserves the right to remove your game from the contest for any reason.

Questions
Send any questions to contest@theboardgameworkshop.com
Sponsor for the 2018 Design Contest
 
printplaygames.com
thegamecrafter.com

 

buttonshygames.com
Judges for the 2018 Design Contest
 
 
The eponymous Bez of “Stuff by Bez”
twitter.com/stuffByBez
instagram.com/stuffbybez/
facebook.com/thingsbybez
stuffbybez.com/

 

Meeple Lady
twitter.com/meeplelady

 

Peter C. Hayward of Jellybean Games

 

Brian Henk, President of Overworld Games
and Host of the Board Game Business Podcast
twitter.com/ForbiddenLimb
boardgame.business
www.overworldgames.com

 

Eric Yurko, of What’s Eric Playing?
twitter.com/whatseplaying
facebook.com/whatsericplaying
instagram.com/whatsericplaying

 

Derek Jonson Art Director

 

Ian Zang

 

Julio E. Nazario

 

Lauren Woolsey
game designer and co-host of Playability
twitter.com/cgsunit
instagram.com/cgsunit

 

Tyson Mertlich of the GameSmiths
gamesmithsplaytesting.com
twitter.com/PKTyson
facebook.com/GameSmithsPlaytesting/

 

John Brieger, Developer
Writer of #PlaytestingTipOfTheDay
twitter.com/@DasBrieger

 

Nick Shipley
Reviewer With Everything Board Games
twitter.com/ndshipley

 

Shari Spiro, CEO & Founder.
AdMagic/BreakingGames
Dustin Dowdle

 

Rebecca Strang
Co-host of Playability
and Writer at To Play Is Human
toplayishuman.com
playabilitypod.com
twitter.com/ToPlayIsHuman
twitter.com/PlayabilityPod
facebook.com/toplayishuman/
facebook.com/PlayabilityPod/
instagram.com/ToPlayIsHuman/
instagram.com/playabilitypod/

 

theTrueMikeBrown
twitter.com/theTruMikeBrown

 

Matt Shoemaker
instagram.com/beelivesgame
twitter.com/beelivesgame
facebook.com/beelivesgame

 

Marc Davis from The Thoughtful Gamer
twitter.com/MarcTTG
facebook.com/thethoughtfulgamer

 

Rick Lorenzon
twitter.com/Rick_Lorenzon

 

Miller from Third Eye Games

 

Cassie Elle from The Indie Game Report
twitter.com/friedmancassie
facebook.com/ElleCassie/
instagram.com/cassieelle

 

Brian Everett of Cloak and Meeple
facebook.com/cloakandmeeple
twitter.com/cloakandmeeple
youtube.com/cloakandmeeple
instagram.com/cloakandmeeple
cloakandmeeple.wordpress.com
patreon.com/cloakandmeeple
Review/Preview Inquiries

 

Cody Thompson of Gold Nugget Games
twitter.com/GoldNuggetGame
goldnuggetgames.com/
facebook.com/GoldNuggetGames/
instagram.com/goldnuggetgames/
gold.nugget.games.llc@gmail.com

 

Daniel Grek
Owner of Concrete Canoe Games
twitter.com/ConcCanoeGames
facebook.com/ConcreteCanoeGames/
concretecanoegames.com

 

Danny and Derek Do Board Games

 

Jeff Black Designer/Developer at Little j Games
twitter.com/JBFeast
facebook.com/profile.php?id=100024971773153

 

Danny Devine Designer of Topiary & Harvest Dice

 

 Jonathan Weaver
Designer at GameWeaver Games
twitter.com/j_weaves
facebook.com/groups/156502388311399/
mailchi.mp/151c8713b16b/gameweaver-updates

 

Glenn Flaherty of Boardgames and Bourbon

 

James Naylor
naylorgames.com
twitter.com/naylorjames

 

Jennifer Graham-Macht, Editor for Play Satellite
twitter.com/playsatellite
facebook.com/PlaySatellite
instagram.com/graysghosts

 

Jason Tagmire

 

Tim Blank

 

Odin Phong
twitter.com/phongodin
instagram.com/phongodib

 

Ruel Gaviola
twitter.com/RuelGaviola

 

Tom Gurganus of Go Forth And Game
twitter.com/tomgurg

 

Tony Miller
1/3 of the Breaking into Board Games podcast
twitter.com/beardedrogue

 

Calvin Wong of the Ding & Dent podcast
twitter.com/ithayla

 

Kristi Weyland of Peace, Love & Games
twitter.com/PeaceLoveNGames
instagram.com/PeaceLoveGames
facebook.com/PeaceLoveGames
Jack Eddy of The Cardboard Herald
www.twitter.com/cardboardherald
Jonathan W. Gilmour

 

Travis Drake of Brouhaha Games
twitter.com/brouhahagames

 

Shawn Stankewich – Flatout Games
twitter.com/flatoutgames
flatoutgames.podbean.com

 

Suzanne Zinsli
Co-Founder of Cardboard Edison

 

JT from G-Club Channel on YouTube
facebook.com/GClubChannel/
twitter.com/GClubChannel/

 

Elizabeth Hargrave
twitter.com/elizhargrave

 

Victoria Cana
Indie Game Producer
& Co-Designer of Gladius
twitter.com/victoriacana

 

AnnaMaria Jackson-Phelps of Girls Play Games
twitter.com/GirlsPlay_Games
facebook.com/GirlsPlayGamesAMJP
instagram.com/annamariajacksonphelps/

 

Brendon Soltis
Reading and Gaming for Justice

 

Corry Damey, Designer of Seasons of Rice
twitter.com/corrydamey
instagram.com/corrydamey

 

Travis Magrum

 

Nicole Amato of Cardboard Fortress Games

 

Catherine Stippell Designer of Nyctophobia
twitter.com/playnyctophobia
Alexandre Uboldi
Indie Game Producer
& Co-Designer of Gladiustwitter.com/alexandreuboldi

 

Cecilia of The Game Crafter Support Team
info@thegamecrafter.com

 

Chris Zinsli, Co-Founder of Cardboard Edison
cardboardedison.com
twitter.com/cardboardedison

 

Christopher Bowden
Director of Winter Moon Games
and Indie Designer
twitter.com/wm_games
instagram.com/wintermoongames

 

Eric Hyland
Owner of Tank & DPS (with Cecilia Hyland)
Designers of Fleecing Olympus
from Passport Game Studios
tankanddeeps@gmail.com
facebook.com/TankandDPS

 

F. Phil Cartagena, Jr.
1/2 of Cray Cray Games
www.craycraygames.com
facebook.com/CrayCrayGames
twitter.com/craycraygames

 

Anthony Amato of Cardboard Fortress Games
Michael S. Robinson Host of Beat The Robinson’s
Jeff Johnston
Tim McNeil
Rob Newton twitter.com/CoinFlipGames

Chris Anderson
Host of The Board Game Workshop
bluecubeboardgames.com/
twitter.com/thebgworkshop
twitter.com/bluecubebgs
theboardgameworkshop.com