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 2020.
Entrance Fee: $5 per entry. Patreon supporters get one free entry. Patreon.com/theboardgameworkshop
If the fee is a barrier to entry for you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can enter as many games as you want, as long as they all meet the eligibility criteria.
You may enter a game that you entered in last year’s contest, though many of the judges are the same, so if you haven’t made substantial changes you may get similar feedback.
Prizes: This year there will be no prizes beyond feedback on your design.
Round One Submission Requirements: 2-minute video, short text description, and entry form. No videos longer than 2 minutes will be accepted.
Round One Submission Dates: Open April 14, 2019 and Close April 21, 2019.
- Board games, dexterity games, card games, and dice games are eligible. RPGs and video games are not eligible.
- Entries must be your own intellectual property.
- Games submitted must not be available for sale, pre-order, or crowdfunding before 2020.
- The Board Game Workshop reserves the right to remove any entry from the contest for any reason.
Last Year’s Contest
You can see last year’s contest here.
There are three rounds in the contest.
In round one you will pay the $5 entrance fee and submit a 2-minute video showing your game along with a short text description.
Judges will have access to the full list of submissions and choose which games they want to judge. They will be able to see the designers, game names, and descriptions before they choose to watch the video.
This is an important part of the judging process, and benefits games that can accurately communicate to their target audience.
After they read the description and view the video, the judge will fill out a short survey. They will rate your submission on a scale of 1-5 in Innovation, Elegance, Excitement, Presentation, and Overall. They will also provide at least 2 sentences of written feedback. Their scores and feedback will be shared with you, they may choose to remain anonymous.
The top games from round one will move on to round two. In round two entrants submit a rules pdf and a how to play video. The judging process for round two is similar to round one except that judges will provide at least 4 sentences of feedback.
The top games from round two move on to round three. Entrants in round three will submit a physical prototype of their game. The judges will play the games and rate them on the same criteria as the previous two rounds and give additional written feedback.
You can not submit a game if you are a judge in the contest.