The Board Game Design Course

Where great games begin

Got an Idea for an Amazing Board Game But Don't Know What to do Next?

Here's what Jamey Stegmaier, designer of Scythe, has to say:

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Without a doubt, if I had read Joe’s book back in 1989, it would have accelerated my progress and potential as a game designer by decades.”

The #1 Best Selling Board Game Designer's Guide

2nd Edition now available with 14 new chapters!

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Only $19.99 US for the e-Book or $34.99 US for the paperback.






Do you have a board game idea, but don’t know how to get it out of your head and onto the table? Have you made a game, but now it's just sitting in a closet somewhere? Have you been working on your game for a while, but you don't know what to do next?


Discover how to create your own game, make a memorable experience for your players, and be confident knowing how to share your game with the world in the way that’s right for you.


The Board Game Designer's Guide will give you all the tools and inspiration you need to create the game you’ve always wanted to play. It’s the definitive guide to getting started in board game design.


If you have a game idea and [are] wondering how to bring it to life - this book is your definitive first step.

– Artem Safarov, designer of smash hit Unbroken


Having something like this two years ago when I first started to get into the hobby would have been a big help.

– Matthew Hester, game designer

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