2017 Korea Boardgames Design Contest


  • Family game to gamer’s game
  • 60 minutes or less
  • All themes and genres welcome!

Jury Criteria

  • Elegance (Easy rules that still provide interesting and engaging gameplay)
  • Technical Excellence (Well-rounded rules without loopholes or imbalances)
  • High replay value
  • Originality

Entry Conditions

  • Both new and experienced authors may participate
  • Only original, unpublished games
  • No games that have been entered into other contests or submitted to a publisher during the time of this contest
  • Rules may be sent in English or Korean
  • No submissions by KBG employees are allowed

Required Submission Content

  • Complete rules (.pdf, .doc or .ppt)
  • 1-2 Pictures of the game in progress
  • Game Description (not more than one A4-page)
  • Author Information Sheet with (scanned) signature – find it here


Gold: US$1000 + the offer to publish the game at KBG with a $1500 royalty down payment

Silver: US$500

Jury and Selection Process

  • The Jury will consist of the Korea Boardgames Editorial Team
  • Jury decisions are final and there is no right of appeal
  • No reason for elimination from the contest will be given

Special Entry

The 2017 design contest is open to games with special physical devices. Entries with these devices will not need to send prototypes after passing the first round. However, a detailed explanation that clearly explains the device will be necessary.

Other Rules

  • The rights to the games remain with the authors at all times.
  • Submissions should be sent to: go@koreaboardgames.com
  • KBG is not to be held liable for any unsolicited mailings
  • Entries that don’t fulfill the requirements outlined in section 3 of these rules will be disqualified
  • In case of fraud by participants, KBG reserves the right to withdraw or reclaim prizes as appropriate
  King's Pouch


  • Contest Announcement: April 26th
  • Submission Period: April 24 – June 30th
  • Finalist Announcement: July 31st
  • Prototype Sending: July 31st to August 16th
  • Finalist Testing: Until October 16th
  • Announcement of Winners: October 16th