Design Contest 2018

The Board Game Workshop Design Contest
Calligraphy by Eric J. Francis, Winner of The Board Game Workshop 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.

Sponsors of the 2018 Design Contest

Lucky Goblin Games

Lucky Goblin Games

Print & Play Games

Print & Play Games

The Game Crafter

The Game Crafter

Button Shy Games

Button Shy Games

Judges for the 2018 Design Contest
The eponymous Bez of “Stuff by Bez”
Meeple Lady
Peter C. Hayward of Jellybean Games
Brian Henk, President of Overworld Games
and Host of the Board Game Business Podcast
Eric Yurko, of What’s Eric Playing?
Derek Jonson Art Director
Ian Zang
Julio E. Nazario
Lauren Woolsey
game designer and co-host of Playability
Tyson Mertlich of the GameSmiths
John Brieger, Developer
Writer of #PlaytestingTipOfTheDay
Nick Shipley
Reviewer With Everything Board Games
Shari Spiro, CEO & Founder.
Dustin Dowdle
Rebecca Strang
Co-host of Playability
and Writer at To Play Is Human
Matt Shoemaker
Marc Davis from The Thoughtful Gamer
Rick Lorenzon
Miller from Third Eye Games
Cassie Elle from The Indie Game Report
Brian Everett of Cloak and Meeple
Review/Preview Inquiries
Cody Thompson of Gold Nugget Games
Daniel Grek
Owner of Concrete Canoe Games
Danny and Derek Do Board Games
Jeff Black Designer/Developer at Little j Games
Danny Devine Designer of Topiary & Harvest Dice
 Jonathan Weaver
Designer at GameWeaver Games
Glenn Flaherty of Boardgames and Bourbon
James Naylor
Jennifer Graham-Macht, Editor for Play Satellite
Jason Tagmire
Tim Blank
Odin Phong
Ruel Gaviola
Tom Gurganus of Go Forth And Game
Tony Miller
1/3 of the Breaking into Board Games podcast
Calvin Wong of the Ding & Dent podcast
Kristi Weyland of Peace, Love & Games
Jack Eddy of The Cardboard Herald
Jonathan W. Gilmour
Travis Drake of Brouhaha Games
Shawn Stankewich – Flatout Games
Suzanne Zinsli
Co-Founder of Cardboard Edison
JT from G-Club Channel on YouTube
Elizabeth Hargrave
Victoria Cana
Indie Game Producer
& Co-Designer of Gladius
AnnaMaria Jackson-Phelps of Girls Play Games
Brendon Soltis
Reading and Gaming for Justice
Corry Damey, Designer of Seasons of Rice
Travis Magrum
Nicole Amato of Cardboard Fortress Games
Catherine Stippell Designer of Nyctophobia
Alexandre Uboldi
Indie Game Producer
& Co-Designer of
Cecilia of The Game Crafter Support Team
Chris Zinsli, Co-Founder of Cardboard Edison
Christopher Bowden
Director of Winter Moon Games
and Indie Designer
Eric Hyland
Owner of Tank & DPS (with Cecilia Hyland)
Designers of Fleecing Olympus
from Passport Game Studios
F. Phil Cartagena, Jr.
1/2 of Cray Cray Games
Anthony Amato of Cardboard Fortress Games
Michael S. Robinson Host of Beat The Robinson’s
Jeff Johnston
Tim McNeil
Rob Newton

Chris Anderson
Host of The Board Game Workshop


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 

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. Eventbrite: Patreon: Pitch video describing your game (maximum 2 minutes). Short text description of your game (500 character limit). 

Round Two (30 Semi-Finalists)

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. 


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. 


 1st Place will get$100and a $20 off an order from Print & Play Admagic online coupon* 4 runners up will each get$25and 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. 


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 31 – Winner Posted 


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. 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.QuestionsSend any questions to

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