COVID and Guild Playtest Meetings
Currently we are allowing playtest facilitators for each location to determine if meetings will be held, as long as they fall within state guidelines. Updates on the status of these meetings will be announced via our BGDG of Utah’s Facebook Group. The Layton and Lehi (used to be Pleasant Grove… see below) groups seems to be meeting with some regularity. The Salt Lake group is checking in with Demolition Games at this time.
Meeting Location Changing!
Blackfyre is moving to Lehi game grid Game Grid Lehi, 400 S, Millpond Dr #F, Lehi, UT 84043 1st and 3rd Tues.
Discord and the Guild
The BGDG of Utah’s Discord is a great way to get to know those in the guild and discuss all things game design! If you’ve not joined yet, we’d love to have you come and participate with us!
BGDG of Utah Social Media
It is with sadness that we must announce the cancellation of the live ProtoCON 2022 event.
Unfortunately due to COVID concerns, there were not enough participants registered to proceed with the event.
All is not lost however, we will instead be holding ProtoCON Online, which will likely take place on the same schedule dates of Jan 28th & 29th. We can’t express enough how much we appreciate the excitement and enthusiasm of those participants that did register. We are figuring things out with Tabletop Events so that we can issue full refunds.
We also look forward to when circumstances change so that we may again hold a live event. In the meantime current badge holders will have priority if they wish to participate in ProtoCON Online. Please stay tuned for more info to come.
If you are interested in participating in ProtoCON Online (this is a free event for designers and playtesters) then please email Dustin at email@example.com and I’ll be sure to get you on the list of participating designers! We are also considering running a few virtual workshops on the evening of Friday, January 28th, while keeping Saturday the 29th available for online playtests. Please email me if you are interested in running a virtual workshop!
SaltCON Spring 2022
SaltCON will be taking place March 3-6 2022! Be sure to get your badges early as SaltCON has been selling out in previous conventions! It’s always fun to get together and game!
Current Design Contests
|Ion Award||Ion Award||12/1/2021||none||industry panelists||none|
|Traditional Deck Game Design Contest||BoardGameGeek||1/2/2022||standard deck of cards||BGG community||GeekGold|
|10th Roll & Write Game Design Contest||BoardGameGeek||1/14/2022||roll & write||BGG community||GeekGold|
|McMeeple Gateway to Games Design Contest||The Game Crafter||1/14/2022||gateway games||industry panelists||TGC shop credit, games & more|
|Cardboard Edison Award||Cardboard Edison||1/31/2022||none||industry panelists||none|
|54-Card Game Design Contest||BoardGameGeek||4/30/2022||54 cards||BGG community||cash & publication consideration by Side Room Games|
This table has been borrowed from Cardboard Edison
Board Game “Book Club”
If you enjoy talking about games on every level? Jon Walton has started a Board Game “Book Club” where those who want to participate in delving deeper into game design choices in published games can do so! Collectively a game is selected and time allotted for participants to play the game as many times as they like (including 0 times) then come together for a discussion! Feel free to participate with each game chosen or just participate with the games you most enjoy when they are selected. The discussion takes place on the BGDG of Utah’s Discord.
If you’d like to help us choose the next game to focus on then click this link.
Guild Related Videos, Games and Podcasts
“A gruesome roll-and-write for an unlimited number of players. Don’t get caught by the police while making sure creatures don’t starve!” –Kickstarter game from McKay Anderson
The Board Game Community Show
The next episode that will air will be one on the topic of colorblind friendliness in board games where Riley interviews Brian Chandler and Dustin Dowdle on the topic.
A Moment of Lightheartedness
Spudnick Games provided the following memes for us! Enjoy!