FCBG Game Design Contest!

From: Alan
Sent on: Thursday, August 13, 2009 11:33 PM

Calling all game designers! FCBG is proud to participate in The Rio Grande Game Design Contest. The Chicago Toy and Game Fair (http://www.chitag.com) is hosting a design competition for Rio Grande Games (http://www.riograndegames.com/). Jay Tummelson, owner of Rio Grande Games, will be sitting down privately with each finalist selected and reviewing their prototypes at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair (Nov. 21-22, 2009). Jay has committed to publishing at least one of the games presented to him. Jay will also provide each designer with his advice and expertise on improving their designs for publication.

FCBG will send one finalist to the Chicago Toy and Game Fair for a 30 minute meeting with Jay Tummelson to present and discuss their prototype. Each finalist will receive free admission to the Chicago Toy and Game Fair. Travel, lodging and expenses are not provided. Prototypes cannot be submitted by proxy or by absentee with written/video/voice description; the designer must be present at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair to explain their design.


The registration deadline is SEPTEMBER 18, 2009. Complete the form below and e-mail it to [address removed] to register. A playtesting session will be scheduled in early-to-mid October (exact date and location TBA) at which FCBG members will play the games and decide which game designer is going to Chicago!

All participants need to show a functioning prototype at registration in order to make sure we are able to prepare adequately for the playtest event. Demonstrations via video and digital photo are acceptable. (Send us a few photos to show that you have a functioning prototype.) Final versions of the rules are not required for registration; changes may be made to the prototype or rules prior to the playtest event.

There is no cost for submitting an entry. The game's designer may be present at the playtesting event, but will be prohibited from playing their own game at the event. The game's designer will also be prohibited from explaining or clarifying rules to their game for any of the playtesters. We recommend having playtesting sessions of your own prior to the event to help clarify any rules issues, and having additional copies of the rules and game aids/quick references available for the contest.

Submissions by mail will be accepted. For more details regarding submissions by mail or if you have any questions, contact the local organizer, Alan Stern, at [address removed]. There is also a brief FAQ at: http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/417384/


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Please attach a copy of the current rules/manual (preferably in MSWord or PDF format). Please also attach a few photos of your prototype. Video is also welcome.

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