Welcome! This is a platform for collaborative development of board games: games we are developing to publish ourselves or with other publishers as well as games by others that might be published by us or by others when ready.
If you are interested in working with games during their development and not wait until they are polished and published, you have come to the right place. Helping out here takes real effort, but you will be able to see your contributions make the published games better. Testing, proofreading, discussing are all normal parts of developing games in the industry, but they are normally not done openly. We are doing this differently because we want to make the process more open and collaborative, and also to make it more efficient than the normal mountain of emails passed around. Beginning game designers often have trouble finding playtesters, by participating in a community and helping out you can often get help yourself. If you want to participate and match any of these descriptions, please join us!
You playtest unfinished games and give feedback.
You proofread rules or translate rules.
You illustrate, design or do layout.
You design board games.
You do mods for Vassal, Tabletop Simulator, Tabletopia or other digital systems to make playtesting easier.
If you help out with comments, suggestions and feedback you can not claim any part of the total game is yours, but if you help out substantially you might be asked to be a co-designer. Collaborations are very common and often result in both better games and a higher chance it will be finished. If you do major contributions like a rules translation or illustrations, those cannot be used in published games without agreement from you. This may be paid, a thanks in the rulebook or a copy of the game, it depends on the size of the contribution and the publisher. As a designer you assign no rights to anyone by using the platform and it does not cost you anything.