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The BGDL is a weekly podcast that helps you design great games people love. Support this project to get access to exclusive content.
The BGDL is a weekly podcast that helps you design great games people love. Support this project to get access to exclusive content.
The BGDL is a weekly podcast that helps you design great games people love. Support this project to get access to exclusive content.
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Board Game Design Lab (PLUS)

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Things have grown by leaps and bounds since the Board Game Design Lab podcast started in December of 2016. It's now part of the Dice Tower Network, and an amazing community of designers has grown up around it to make it a go-to place for all things design related.

And I'm excited to release even more content and do even more to help people design great games people love.

The BGDL podcast will continue to provide weekly interviews with the best and brightest in the industry, however, I want to do so much more.

So, I've created BGDL+.

If you've gotten value from the BGDL podcast and/or community, BGDL+ is a great way to grow even more as a designer. 

It'll give you even more content to learn from and will help guide you along in your design journey.

You can become a member through Patreon to pay by the month, or you can become a member through this campaign to get a 6-month subscription. (6-month subscriptions will only be available twice a year.)

  • Access to the BGDL+ private Facebook group
  • Early access to all BGDL resources and products (books, online courses, conferences, etc)
  • Access to 1 bonus podcast a month focused on creativity, productivity, motivation, time management, and/or other personal development topics (these episodes will be released to the public 2 months later) 
  • Vote for future podcast guests and topics
  • Send in audio questions and possibly have them answered in a BGDL podcast episode
  • Free entry to an online game design conference:
  • Free entry into a design contest:
  • Exclusive access to a brand new interview series called:

The Kickstarter Diaries will be an audio interview series in which I interview successful Kickstarter creators on specific topics in crowdfunding. The series will be broken up into seasons. 

Season one guests will be:

  • Adi Slepack
  • Carla Kopp
  • Daniel Zayas
  • Gil Hova
  • James Hudson
  • Jamey Stegmaier
  • Kim Brebach
  • Liz Roche
  • Mike Hinson

General Support 

If you just want to help keep the lights on at the BGDL, this is the support level for you. You'll receive a hearty thanks and a huge amount of appreciation.

Special Edition T-Shirt 

At this level, you'll receive the awesome "Eat. Sleep. Playtest. Repeat." special edition t-shirt. 

These shirts have a "fashion fit," are ethically made, and feel great. Sizes available: Small -- XXXL.

There are currently no plans to sell this shirt outside of Kickstarter. 

Access to BGDL+ 

At this level, you'll get full access to all the BGDL+ content that comes out over the next 6 months. At the end of this campaign, you'll receive an invite to a private Facebook group where all the content will be made available as it's released.

Access to BGDL+ & Swag 

At this level, you'll get access to BGDL+, and you'll receive the special edition t-shirt, buttons, and stickers.

Sponsorship 

At this level, you'll receive access to BGDL+, the swag, and you can sponsor 1 week of content on the BGDL Facebook page and podcast. You'll receive:

  • A banner on the BGDL Facebook page
  • A banner in the weekly newsletter and podcast announcement emails
  • A 30 second ad in a podcast

First come, first served. Click HERE to see if the week you want is available before selecting this reward. Please click the "+" icon to add your name, select the week you want, hit "Update," and select this reward immediately afterward.

This is a great way to tell people about your upcoming Kickstarter or game release. Typical episodes of the BGDL podcast average around 3,000 downloads.

If you want to sponsor more than one week, just add $100 more to your pledge for each additional week. There's a 3 week maximum.

*All banners and ads must be approved by Gabe. 

Coaching Calls 

At this level, you'll receive access to BGDL+, the swag, and two 1-hour coaching calls done over Skype to talk about anything game design related with Gabe.

If you've run into some design snags, need help with a Kickstarter, want another set of eyes on your project, or just need some encouragement, this is a great reward level to pick.

Dates and times of meetings will be coordinated after the campaign is over.

Whether you back this campaign or not, if you're a member of the BGDL community, please know how much I appreciate you listening to the show and engaging with the community. 

You're awesome, and I'm so glad you're part of what we're building here.

Risks and challenges

Not much risk here. All the rewards are things I've produced and delivered in the past, so barring some catastrophic shortage of t-shirts or the internet disappearing, things should be fine.

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    Special Edition T-Shirt

    If you just want the awesome t-shirt, this is the level for you. It won't be available anywhere other than Kickstarter.

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    6 Month Subscription to BGDL+

    Become a member of BGDL+ to gain access to all the benefits listed on the campaign page.

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    • 6 months of access to BGDL+.
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    6 Month Subscription to BGDL+ & Swag

    Become a member of BGDL+ and also receive the awesome t-shirt, buttons, and stickers in the mail.

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    • 6 months of access to BGDL+.
    • Special edition t-shirt, buttons, and stickers.
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    Sponsorship

    Tell people about your Kickstarter or upcoming game by sponsoring a week of content on the BGDL podcast and emails.

    First come, first served. Click the link on the campaign page to see if the week you want is available before selecting this reward. Please select the week you want, hit "Send," and select this reward immediately afterward.

    Includes:
    • Sponsor a week of BGDL content.
    • 6 months of access to BGDL+.
    • Special edition t-shirt, buttons, and stickers.
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    Subscription & Coaching Calls

    Need some help with a design or just a little encouragement? This is the reward for you. Get a 6 month subscription to BGDL+, the swag, AND two 1-hour coaching calls through Skype.

    Includes:
    • 6 months of access to BGDL+.
    • Special edition t-shirt, buttons, and stickers.
    • 2 Coaching Calls
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