7 Powerful Board Game Design Podcasts

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Creating a board game is a difficult task. Between coming up with and you fleshing out the idea, developing content, play testing, and marketing there is a lot of time that has to be devoted to just learning the in’s and out’s of board game design.

One great way I have found to be efficient with my time is by using podcast to augment my commute or during any downtime I have. In fact podcasts are more popular than they have ever been.

With a total of 700,000 active podcasts in the world, there is no shortage of board game design podcast out there to get all the information you need to find, launch, and market a board game. This post will go over 7 podcasts that are focused on the process of creating and marketing board games.

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#1: Board Game Design Lab

Episode Length

30 – 60 Minutes

The Board Game Design Lab Podcast covers a wide range of topics. Everything from getting started to getting published and marketing is covered by some of the biggest authorities in the board game industry. Some of the more popular episodes include interviews with:

  • Tom Vasel (creator of The Dice Tower)
  • Rahdo (board game content creator on YouTube)
  • Jamey Stegmaier (designer of Scythe/Wingspan)

The episodes make a great way to learn the specifics of board game development.

There is also tiered support on the Board Game Design Lab Patreon page that allows for early access to supporter only content, the ability to send in questions and have them answered on the podcast, and the ability to vote on future podcast topics.

The Board Game Design Lab came into existence for a very simple reason: I could never find the game design info that I needed. And I assumed I wasn’t the only one.

Gabe, Creator of Board Game Design Lab

#2: Ludology

Episode Length

About 15 Minutes

Ludology is the study of games and gaming. The name is well suited to the podcast since it has very analytical content on the inner workings of board and other table top games. 

The podcast covers a range of topics including board game history, the people involved in the board game world, and board game design. This podcast is a part of The Dice Tower Network which brings a host of other board game media so you can be sure that this podcast produces quality content.

The length of this one makes it perfect for short commutes.

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#3: Funding the Dream

Episode Length

20 – 25 Minutes

Funding the Dream isn’t focused on board game design but is still important to anyone trying to make a successful game. This podcast is focused on using Kickstarter to crowdfund your board game idea (like Gloomhaven did).

There are currently thousands of board game projects currently on Kickstarter and some of the largest board games out today are born on the platform.

This podcast will guide you through the successes and failures of others on Kickstarter, giving you invaluable information on how to succeed with crowdfunding.

“With Kickstarter you don’t need a publisher or a big company, just the courage to ask.”

Richard Bliss, Creator of Funding the Dream

4: Who, What, Why? A Game Design Podcast

Episode Length

40 – 90 Minutes

Each episode of this board game design podcast designers of card games, board games, role-playing games, and even video games are interviewed. The experts in the industry talk about the whole range of development of their games including design, marketing, and production.

This podcast has featured interviews from:

  • Kyle Ferrin (designer of Root)
  • Eric Reuss (designer of Spirit Island)
  • Jamey Stegmaier (designer of Scythe/Wingspan)

New interview episodes are released on the 6th, 16th, and 26th of every month and designing segments are released on the 11th and 22nd of the month.

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5: Breaking Into Board Games

Episode Length

About 45 Minutes

Breaking Into Board Games is another interview style podcast with an emphasis on the starting phases of getting into the business of making board games.

The three hosts have a wide array of knowledge and experience which help them ask extremely relevant questions to their guests and keep the discussion on topic.

The three cohost have experience in design, developing, and publishing. This gives the podcast a nice, well rounded feel. At the time of writing they are right at 100 episodes, so there is plenty of backlog to go through here.

6: Board Game Business Podcast

Episode Length

20 – 30 Minutes

The Board Game Business Podcast focuses on the business side of the tabletop game industry.

The podcast is produced on a weekly basis and includes in depth information on pitching, advertising, and manufacturing your board game.

Since this is later in the process of designing a board game it is best to go through some other podcasts on this list before getting to this one, or making notes for future reference if you haven’t gotten to the point where you are concerned with the physical production of a game.

This one is also a part of the Dice Tower network, so you can be sure there is a high quality of content.

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7: Cardboard Architects

Episode Length

30 – 60 Minutes

Lastly, we have Cardboard Architects. Unlike many podcasts on this list, Cardboard Architects does not focus on the business side of making a game.

The main motivation of this podcast is to develop skills in the actual mechanical and player experience design of a board game. Sitting right at 100 episodes there is a ton of backlog to wade through and plenty of information on how to generate an entertaining game. 

However, this podcast was ended at the 100th episode. So what you see is what you get with this one.

Once you start digging into this podcast you’ll start seeing these theories applied in every game you play and really understand why certain board games are received so well.

These 7 board game design podcasts have a mountain of information between them and can guide anyone to making a successful board game. However, the key is to use these podcasts based on where you are in your design process or board game business.

If you have just started, listen to a few episodes of Breaking Into Board Games or Carboard Architects. As you get further along start listening to Funding the Dream or Board Game Business podcasts to develop your understanding of the business side of the industry.


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