The Board Game Workshop Design Contest 2018


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.

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.

Updated short text description of your game (500 character limit).

Interview about your game on The Board Game Workshop.


Round One
How innovative is the game?
How excited are you to play the game?
How well was the game idea presented?
Should this game move on to Round 2?

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?
Should the game move on to Round 3?

Round Three
Play tests and audience vote.


1st Place $100

4 runners up $25 each

Random prize drawings for all participants.

And the most valuable prize, judges’ feedback for every round.


Using UTC -12 time zone for deadlines. So if it is the due date somewhere 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
October 31 - Round 2 Results Posted
November 28 - Round 3 Submissions Due
December 26 - 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.


Send any questions to

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 

Kathleen Mercury, Designer,
Host of Games in Schools and Libraries

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

Jared Hunnefeld Former Panelist of Flip The Table
Travis Drake of Brouhaha Games
Dr. Wictz
Tom Gurganus
Jennifer Graham-Macht, Editor for Play Satellite
Kristi Weyland of Peace, Love & Games
Ruel Gaviola
Calvin Wong of the Ding & Dent podcast
Cody Thompson of Gold Nugget Games
Christian Kang from Take Your Chits
Danny Devine Designer of Topiary & Harvest Dice
Sarah Reed, game designer and cohost of Our Turn Podcast
Rick Lorenzon
Jason Tagmire
Glenn Flaherty of Boardgames and Bourbon
Elizabeth Hargrave
James Naylor
Odin Phong
Brendon Soltis, Reading and Gaming for Justice
Marc Davis from The Thoughtful Gamer
Brian Everett of Cloak and Meeple
Jeff Black Designer/Developer at Little j Games
Tony Miller 1/3 of the Breaking into Board Games podcast
Shawn Stankewich - Flatout Games
Danny and Derek Do Board Games
Tim Blank
Daniel Grek Owner of Concrete Canoe Games
SFK, No One Of Consequence
Jack Eddy of The Cardboard Herald
Cassie Elle from The Indie Game Report
Jonathan W. Gilmour
Steven Aramini