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Finalists of Korea Boardgames Design Contest 2018 announced

Thanks to all who participated in the design contest by our friends at Korea Boardgames. We received many interesting submissions by authors from Korea and all over the world. After reading the rules of all submitted games and some difficult decision making we chose the following finalists in the KBG Design contest 2018:

Antasia – Otto Jensen
Four Gardens – Martin Dolezal
Fruits Rush – Romain Caterdijan
Global Towers – Julio Nazario
Morf – Jørgen Brunborg Naess
So full – Tim Schilstra
The Madhouse – Walter Vaes
Sau(g)clever – Jean Claude Pellin
눈대중 생선가게 – 최재오
두근두근 회전초밥 – 슈어팀
레드 저널리즘 – 이성원
보석 탐험대 – 박준영
비포 선 라이징 – 이현지
시궁쥐 항구의 밀수꾼들 – 박정상
캐셔 – 조영후
팀몰라 아무도 – 배정수
프리라이더 – 장한솔
히어로레이스 – 이교운

We will contact each finalist individually to arrange the shipping of the prototypes to our office.

Introducing The Rondel

After 20 months with Sweet Lemon / Nice Game Publishing, our social media and website guy is moving on to some new projects – including an online marketplace for the tabletop industry. 

Nice Game Publishing is not affiliated with this site in any way. Still… best of luck, Ash! 


The Rondel is a new website for the tabletop industry. It allows illustrators, graphic designers, writers (and more) to create a free listing and get in touch with tabletop publishers.

As an online marketplace, creators set their own rates and accept or reject any offers from publishers. We handle the invoicing, payment and reviews (for both creators and publishers) to streamline the process for everyone.

We’ve only just moved into the soft launch, but you can already create a free account at this link.

You can also follow along via Twitter and Facebook.

FAQ

How much does it cost?

This question comes up a lot, so I try to stress it: The Rondel is free. Nobody will ever be charged for creating an account or making a listing (whether seeking or offering work).

So how does The Rondel make money?

Like most online marketplaces, The Rondel takes a 10% commission from successful sales – so if the publishers pays $100, the artist receives $90.

However, creators who sign up during the soft launch phase will receive three months of commission-free sales. This means The Rondel won’t take anything from your sales in this period.

But what if I make a big sale? 10% can add up…

At any point, creators can purchase a $20 monthly subscription that completely removes their commission fees. This effectively means The Rondel will never take more than $20 / month from creators – a pretty good deal, no?

Isn’t the site kind of small?

Correct! The Rondel has only just moved into soft launch. At the time of writing, there are 53 members.

You can check out the site at www.the-rondel.com.

Any questions, comments, suggestions? I’d love any and all feedback from artists, publishers, and anyone involved with board games. Just leave your thoughts below.

Thanks for taking a look!
Ash

Korea Boardgames 2018 Design Contest

Topic

  • Games with special components (no games only using cards, dice and tiles)
  • 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
  • Games with an interesting use of timers will get an advantage in the judge process

Entry Conditions

  • Both new and experienced authors may participate
  • Only original, unpublished games
  • Rules may be sent in English or Korean
  • No submissions by Korea Boardgames 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)
  • Prototype (only if selected for the final round)

Prizes

Gold
US$ 1000 + the offer to publish the game at Korea Boardgames 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 2018 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
  • Korea Boardgames 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

Timeline

Contest Announcement
February 12th

Submission Period
February 12th to June 1st

Finalist Announcement
July 23rd

Prototype Sending
July 23rd to August 17th

Finalist Testing
Until October 8th

Announcement of Winners
October 8th

Winners of the KBG Design Contest 2017

After many entries, hours of playtesting and a lot of discussion, it’s time to announce the winners of the 2017 Korea Boardgames design contest.

We’d like to thank all those who submitted – and encourage everyone to keep working on their designs, as we’re looking forward to more tabletop treasure in 2018!

Now for the final decisions…

1st

The Age of Discover​ (Joo Bong Hwan)

2nd

Grand Museum (Rob Cramer)
Hoon Min Jeong Eum (Park Na la)

Win a NiceGameShop Mystery Box

There’s a lot of rare and imported games at NiceGameShop (roughly 250 titles) from all around the world. It’s a bridge connecting European gamers to international designers, supplied by regular trips to Asian game markets and the networks we’ve built over years.

Our customers want fresh, original games they can’t find anywhere else.

And now we’re launching something special for truly adventurous gamers. The Mystery Box brings together 2-4 carefully selected titles at seriously discounted prices (at least 40% off). These are great titles we want to share with the world, the hidden gems that get lost in the thousands of new games released every year.

But you – or the gamer in your life – can get them now…

Order the Mystery Box to dive deeper into the wild world of modern boardgames. Plus, if you share your BGG account at the time of purchase, we’ll make sure to include only those games you don’t own!

Sounds great, but isn’t this a competition?

Yes! To celebrate the launch of the Mystery Box, we’re giving away three of ’em (with free shipping)!

To enter, just sign up to our newsletter below. It’s just the occasional update about NiceGameShop – new titles, special discounts, and other news from Sweet Lemon HQ. Note: existing subscribers may still enter.

You can also share to social media using the buttons below – when your friends enter the contest, you both gain entries. Win-win!

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to find out who’s receiving a Mystery Box.

Happy gaming and good luck, friends.

The contest is now closed.

Congratulations to all our winners!

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Game design finalists announced

Hey everybody,

Once again we received many great submissions. Thanks to everyone for participating in our little annual contest.
Without further ado I announce the finalists of the KBG Design Contest 2017:

  • 신동민 다이아몬드 광산
  • 이미교 나만가는길
  • 이미교 한 바퀴 달리기
  • 주봉환 대항해시대
  • 하윤석 어제밤 이야기
  • 하태경 스노우 워
  • 이우석 디그 잇
  • 신승원 트레비
  • 김시인 사다리타기 카드 게임 
  • 백정훈 다이수도쿠
  • 송기철 알카즈네
  • 이희득 이퀄 10 
  • 오건욱 가위바위보 체스
  • 박영원 드로우 센스
  • 국형전 싱크 어 랏
  • 박나라 훈민정음
  • 남주현 주술사
  • Rob Cramer The Grand Museum
  • Kevin Harris The Royal Kitchen
  • Romain Caterdijan 10 000 Laws

We will contact each finalist individually for the sending of prototypes or PnPs.

2017 Korea Boardgames Design Contest

Topic

  • 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

Prizes

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

Timeline

  • 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

Win the Game of Your Choice

To celebrate 1,000 Twitter followers we’re giving away a stack of cool prizes!

Prize A – massive stack of 7(!) titles from Korea Boardgames

Prize B – Terrible Monster (with expansion) and upcoming Fantasy Defense


Prize C – the NiceGameShop title of your choice! Just tell us why you deserve it more than everyone else


To enter: retweet this post with the game you want from NiceGameShop and the reason you deserve it.

Good luck!

Fantasy Defense on Kickstarter

Exactly one week after launching our campaign we’re very happy with the current state of affairs! We have already unlocked the second chapter of the campaign and are well on the way to unlocking the third.

Thanks for your support!

Additionally, we’ve received one Mercenary Pledge (adding a unique new allied unit to the game) and recently we got our first Evil Lieutenant Pledge. This means there will be an additional envelope for all KS Limited Edition backers with a unique boss to fight  as well as their minions, backstory and unlock condition (and of course this is hidden content so we won´t reveal much more)!

Since we love to see your ideas, we´ll be running a contest to win an Evil Lieutenant Level Pledge worth 480€. This prize includes:

  • Your own Envelope with a Boss, Minion Type (including new illustrations based on your input) and Unlock Condition that will be included in the KS-Limited edition of the game.
  • 1 Deluxe Edition Pledge content including Playmat and Sleeves for all cards
  • 4 Additional KS-Limited edition copies to spread among your friends
  • Free worldwide shipping

How To Enter: Leave your submission on the comments section of the Fantasy Defense Campaign.

What to Enter: We´ll need a description of your Boss and his Minions, ideally including some gameplay mechanisms they could use. We’ll also need your suggestion for how your boss could be unlocked.

Submission Example

Necromancer (Boss)

Story: Some nights, when the moon is full and the air itself seems frozen, spirits and shambling corpses from The Other Side begin to roam. Some say you can coax them into doing your bidding…

Gameplay: Mechanisms could include returning killed units to the deck. CV35/60 “As long as the necromancer is in play, return 1 enemy unit from the discard pile to the bottom of the deck.”

Skeleton (Minion)

Story: Frozen bones brought dancing back to life with arcane energies.

Gameplay:  CV10, “Whenever you put a non-skeleton unit on the discard pile, if there are skeletons on the discard pile, return one of them to the gates using normal placement rules.”

Unlock Condition: “Drawn To Power”
To open this envelope, beat the basic game without using any spells.

That’s it!

Just post your idea on the Fantasy Defense Comment Page. We´ll select and test the best ideas during the next 2 weeks, with earlier entries generally having a better chance of being tested than later ones.

We´ll announce the winner one week before the end of the campaign, on May 14th.

Thanks everyone and see you soon!