February 2022 Newsletter for the BGDG of Utah

Guild Update

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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.

Thanks to Bryce Johns for updating our FB Banner for us! All dates/times are now correct!

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

We have an active Twitter and Instagram account now! Please follow and start using #bgdgofutah in your game design related posts and they will be liked, retweeted etc!

Upcoming/Current Events

SaltCON Spring 2022

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SaltCON will be taking place March 3-6 2022! It’s always fun to get together and game! Hope to see you there!

If you don’t have a ticket yet then there is a very special opportunity to get one! Below is a seriously good deal! Please read below!

Special Envoy deal for free SaltCON Spring 2022 badges!! Hey everyone! Envoy is looking for people to run their Regional Championships tournaments, and so they would like me to offer a special deal to the members of the BGDG.

Run 1 Tournament: – roughly 3 hours commitment at the convention- full convention SaltCON Spring Badge- copy of the game– Envoy will teach you online how to play the game. The tournament style is three rounds of play of initial play, like a swiss style tournament. The top players will then join the Utah Champions from SaltCON Bryce in the final round.

  • Friday 7PM – 10PM – 16 players, 4 tables. The 2022 Western Regional Finger Guns at High Noon Championship
  • Saturday 10AM – 1PM – 16 players, 4 tables. The 2022 Western Regional Wordsy Championship
  • Saturday 4PM – 7PM – 16 players, 4 tables. The 2022 Western Regional Outback Championship
  • Saturday 9PM – 12AM – 16 players, 4 tables. The 2022 Western Regional Skull King Championship (COVERED, Colleen)
  • Sunday 10AM – 1PM – 16 players, 4 tables. The 2022 Western Regional Dimension Championship.
    This offer is for (5) (4) people!

Contact Dale on the BGDG Facebook Group (BGDG Members only) if want to take the deal and which tournament you want to run. This will be a first come first serve posting. I will then contact you via messenger to get your email and phone number to give to Shelly Pace. Shelly is the local Envoy representative and she will help you with everything you need to know. For reference, you typically need to volunteer for 8 or 16 hours for a full convention badge, and you don’t get a game.

Current Design Contests

ContestHostDeadlineDesign RestrictionsJudgesPrizes
Two Player Print and Play Game Design ContestBoardGameGeek2/14/20222-player gamesBGG communityGeekGold
In-Hand Game Design ContestBoardGameGeek2/24/2022Playable in-handBGG communityGeekGold
9-Card Nanogame Print & Play Design ContestBoardGameGeek3/16/20229 cardsBGG communityGeekGold
Roll and Write Design ContestBoardGameGeek4/17/2022roll & writes BGG community GeekGold
Word up ChallengeThe Game Crafter4/21/2022word gamesIndustry Panelistsdesign consulting & store credit
Children & Family Design Contest BoardGameGeek 4/30/2022 family and kids games BGG community GeekGold
54-Card Game Design ContestBoardGameGeek4/30/202254 cardsBGG communitycash & publication consideration by Side Room Games
War Games Print and Play ContestBoardGameGeek 4/30/2022 War Games BGG community GeekGold

This table has been borrowed from Cardboard Edison

Board Game “Book Club”

Image borrowed from Off the Shelf Games

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.

The next game we will be discussing is open for you to decide! The voting will end this Friday (02/11/22) at midnight so be sure to cast your vote! We’d love to have some additional voices to the discussion if you are interested in participating. Click here for the straw poll.

Guild Related Videos, Games and Podcasts

Art of Game Design

These lenses from Jesse Schell’s book The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses, is a great way to view game design with new and varied perspectives. Each newsletter will feature a lens from the book and you are welcome to join in a discussion on the topic in the BGDG of Utah’s Discord!

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