how to make board games

Mayday Games has given us a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes in a board game factory in China.  They bring a camera along with them into the factory on one of their visits, where copies of Smash Up, Love Letter, Dead Man’s Draw, and Spyfall are being made.

You can watch the video, “How It’s Made: Board Games at a Chinese Factory” here.

Mayday is willing to share contact information to game developers who would like a quote from the factory by emailing

thiefs market 2

Tasty Minstrel Games announces a brand new dice game from Dave Chalker (Get Bit) called Thief’s Market.  On each turn in this fast dice game, 3-5 players will roll the dice and take turns claiming what they want from the dice pool as loot (or stealing from each other).  After all players have loot, they then are able to purchase useful cards with special abilities using any “gems” claimed.  “Yellow coin sacks” provide currency to be used later in the form of “wild gems”, and purple masks provide players with victory points.  Set in the same thematic world as Harbour and features the art of Rob Lundy.

TMG plans to begin its Kickstarter project for Thief’s Market in January of 2016.  TMG states: “Our goal is to be able to deliver the game to you via Send From China (with double-bubble protection like on Harbour) straight from China to arrive 6-8 before GenCon so that we can comfortably release the game at GenCon 2016 (and hopefully sell tons there).”

Watch for this project on Kickstarter over the next month.