Practice Judging

The Board Game Workshop Design Contest 2019

This page will walk you through the process of judging in round one of the contest. The games here are the finalists from last year’s contest and the feedback you provide will be sent to the designers.

Step 1: Choose a game to judge.

Look at the linked Google Sheet of submissions. Read the names and descriptions and choose a game that interests you. Then click the pitch video link for that game and watch their video.

Link to Google Sheet

Step 2: Fill out the judge form.

Based on the information in the description and video, you will judge the game on a scale from 1 to 5 in five categories.

1 is not at all and 5 is completely.

When judging, you should not compare the game directly to other games in the contest. Instead, compare it to what you think the ideal example of that category would be.

If you think the game is on the same level as that ideal, it would be rated a 5. If the game is completely missing any sense of that ideal, it would be rated a 1.

Most games will earn a rating somewhere in between.

The Categories

Innovation: Does the game do something new or combine things into a new and unique experience?

Elegance: Does the game flow smoothly and not get in the way of the fun?

Excitement: How excited are you to play the game?

Presentation: Was the information presented clearly?

Overall: How much do you like the game overall?

Link to Judge Form

You can judge as many games as you like. Every bit of feedback helps the contest and the designers.

If you would like to sign up to judge this year’s contest, fill out the form on the judging page.