Game Makers Guild

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The Game Makers Guild is New England’s largest group of indie board game designers. We meet 2-3 times per month in the Boston area to playtest each others’ board games and card games, as well as discuss the various aspects of bringing a game to life! Feel free to poke around our site and check us out. If you’re interesting in becoming a member, just come to one of our meetings.

Marcus Lehner’s Octochef wins 1st place in the Cardboard Edison Award!

Octochef rules and cards

GMG members seem to be out to win every board game contest this year, and GMG member Marcus Lehner’s Octochef took home 1st place in the Cardboard Edison Award.

Octochef is an incredibly unique game where 4 players sit back-to-back, and act as the renowned Octopus Chef, building amazing sandwiches before the lunch rush is over! The Cardboard Edison award is an incredibly prestigious honor, and this marks 2 years in a row that a GMG game has made it to the final group. We’re looking forward to seeing where Marcus and the Octochef wind up next!

Ore: The Mining Game earns The Dice Tower Seal of Approval!

Ore: The Mining Game cover art with Dice Tower Seal of Approval

Some more big news for GMG, as Ore: The Mining Game earns The Dice Tower Seal of Approval, with Tom Vassal calling the game “Fasinating”. Ore: The Mining Game was created by longtime GMG members Joe McClintock and Jason Lyle Steingisser, and it won the first BostonFIG Best In Show.

The game is in stores now, and you can buy it now on Amazon!

Dennis K. Chan’s Beyond the Sun Reviewed on The Dice Tower and Rahdo

Beyond the Sun Logo

It has been a big month for GMG, and we are thrilled to announce that GMG Member Dennis K. Chan’s game has been getting some really impressive reviews! We wanted to share two major reviews with you – one from Tom Vassal at The Dice Tower and one from Rahdo Runs Through.

Rahdo calls it “maybe the industry’s best tech tree to date” and Tom Vassal’s heaps on the praise saying “this is one of the best games I’ve played in 2020.” The game has just released, and you can buy it now on Amazon!

Match-N-Rhyme earns the GMG Seal of Approval!

Match-N-Rhyme Logo

Curation Director Jaime Barriga here, and it is my great privilege to announce that GMG Member Eva Clarke’s game Match-N-Rhyme has passed the final stage of the curation process, earning the coveted Game Maker’s Guild Seal of Approval! Match-N-Rhyme is a fast, all-ages party game involving matching colors and shapes, and rhyming words. The game has achieved the highest grade to date of all games that have been awarded the Seal of Approval, and we think it might be the first worthy competitor we’ve had to the game Uno in possibly decades. The game is fantastic, and we’ll let you know when you can get your hands on it.

To Eva, we congratulate you on creating this incredible game and we’re excited to see what the future has in store!

PYK passes the Stage 3 Blind Playtest

PYK Logo

Curation Director Jaime here, and I’m pleased to announce that GMG Member Clair-Yves’s game PYK (Protect Your King (Or Queen)) has passed the Stage 3 Blind Playtest by unanimous vote. We’re excited to see this game continue to move through the curation process and we wish him good luck as he continues to make improvements.

Tim Blank and Bumúntú on Much Ado About Gaming

The logo for Much Ado About Gaming

Yes it’s true, GMG President Tim Blank and his game Bumúntú have been featured on Much Ado About Gaming with Jessa Rose. The segment starts at 15:35 and it provides a great look into Tim’s design process and how Bumúntú came to be. Check it out on Youtube!.

Fight Sequence passes the Intensive Playtest

Triple Rainbow Games Logo

Hey everyone! Jaime Barriga, Head of Curation here, and I am pleased to announce that Fight Sequence by Jamie Sabriel Flez (Triple Rainbow Games) has passed our first ever Remote Intensive Playtest, and by unanimous decision! Fight Sequence is an incredibly strategic 1v1 game about planning your moves out in advance, and then resolving the fight sequence. We’re excited to see the game continue to improve as they head toward a Kickstarter launch.

GMG Expert Panel: Playtesting Best Practices

GMG Expert Panel title card

If you missed our GMG Expert Panel on Playtesting Best Practices, fear not! We’ve got the full video uploaded on YouTube

A very special thanks goes out to Jon Gilmour, Heather, O’Neill, and Ian Zang for joining us and taking the time to share so much with us!