Calling all designers!
Heads up - The Chicago Toy and Game Fair (www.chitag.com) is hosting a design competition for Rio Grande Games and a member of this Meetup group is guaranteed a finalist position.
Rio Grande is the publisher of several popular board games such as Carcassonne and Puerto Rico.. here's a link to a listing of their current roster of games
10 Finalists will be selected to travel to Chicago with a free pass to the Chicago Toy and Game Fair, November 21st and 22nd, on Chicago's Navy Pier, from various Meetup groups to present their game to Jay Tummelson, owner of Rio Grande Games. He will be sitting down privately with each finalist selected and reviewing their prototypes. Jay has committed to publishing at least one of the games presented to him. He will also provide each designer with his advice and expertise on improving their designs for publication. The runners up will be in a position to present their ideas to other attendants of the Game Fair so even if they are not picked up by Rio Grande they may be picked up by a different publisher.
I will be setting up at least one Playtest event and distributing more information in the next few weeks.. with the Final playtest event taking place in September. You will need to register your game and present it to me personally by the end of August in order to register to present your game at the playtest event.
The game's creator/s may be present at the playtesting event, but will be prohibited from playing their own game at the event as well as explaining or clarifying rules to 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.
Please do not contact Rio Grande Games with questions, I have been giving a contact person to work with so let me know if you have any questions.
For now, take a look at their current (really impressive) list of games and start working on brilliant ideas. Once I get back from Origins I'll send out more info and set some dates.