Welcome to the judging page for The Board Game Workshop Design Contest.
Below you will see an interactive table of all the submissions. You can use the filters at the top to look for specific games, designers, or keywords in descriptions. You can select multiple categories and restrict it by the number of times it has been judged already. You can click on any column heading to sort the list by that column.
The judge count will update automatically when judges submit forms, but you will have to refresh the page to see the updated count.
Look through the submissions and when you find one that interests you, read the description and click the Watch Video button. This should open the video for that submission. Watch the video and then you can fill out the judge form.
Below the table is an embedded judge form as well as a link to the form. Embedded forms occasionally have issues on mobile devices, so you may want to use the link instead.
On the form you will fill out your email address and select the game you are judging. Make sure you use the same email address you signed up to judge with.
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 close to 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.
It can be difficult to get a full sense of a game from a short video and description. Hopefully they kept the judging criteria in mind when making their submission. Rate the games as best you can based on what information you do get.
- 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?
The written feedback is the most important part of the judging process. This is why people entered the contest.
You will give at least two sentences of feedback, but you can give as much as you want and designers will certainly appreciate more.
Remember you are judging the game design idea and clarity of the information. Don’t judge based on the quality of the video, editing, or effects.
Please keep the feedback appropriate. I am unable to personally review all of the written feedback, so I am relying on you to be a representative of The Board Game Workshop.
I recommend including one aspect you liked about the game, perhaps what made you watch the video in the first place. And one aspect that you think could be improved or a suggestion for future development. Just saying you liked it is nice, but doesn’t help improve the game. Even if you are all positive, be specific about what things you liked.
These games are all unfinished so they should have plenty of room for improvement.
It is not required that you leave your name on the feedback, but I recommend it if you are able, as a great way to build connections in the community. If you are open to discussing your feedback with the designer, include your contact info so they know they can ask for more details.
If you have any trouble with the table, form, or a game, please let me know by email. Chris@theboardgameworkshop.com
If you are having trouble with the embedded judge form, use this link: https://forms.gle/3i7wzfykX8krkpPd9