1st Edition

The Board Game Designer's Guide to Careers in the Industry

By Joe Slack Copyright 2023
    124 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    124 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Are you thinking about working in the board game industry? Here’s what you need to know.

    There are so many jobs and roles that need to be filled in the board game industry. You might just have the right skills and experience to excel. But first you need to know what opportunities exist and what the hardest gaps are to fill!

    In this book, you’ll discover

    • What jobs are really in demand

    • How you can get your foot in the door with a publisher

    • Jobs in the industry you’ve never even thought of

    • What other opportunities exist for people with skills just like yours

    With insights from over 40 industry pros, as well as the author’s many years of experience, you’ll be able to put your own skills and experience to great use in an amazing, growing industry.

    Other Books by Joe Slack. Acknowledgements. About the Author. Introduction. Section I Game Creation. 1 Game Design. 2 Game Development. Section II Publishing 3 Becoming a Board Game Publisher. 4 Working for a Board Game Publisher. 5 Product Development & Project Management. 6 Communications/Marketing/Sales. 7 Other Roles Within a Publishing Company. Section III Freelancing. 8 True Stories of How Being Helpful Landed Paying Gigs. 9 Graphic Designer. 10 Artist/Illustrator. 11 Writer/Editor (or Rulebook Creator). Section IV Everything You Wanted to Know about Other Roles but were Too Afraid to Ask. 12 Help Games Get to Customers. 13 Marketing, Consulting, and Video Production. 14 Content Creation. 15 Ancillary Jobs and Other Outside-the-Box Ideas. 16 Making Games Part of Your Own Job. 17 Conclusion. Suggested Resources. Endnotes. Thank You!



    Joe Slack is a healthcare data guru turned full-time board game designer and game design instructor. He has now combined his passions for board game design and helping others into one. That means he works with other board game designers to help them get unstuck and create amazing games they can’t wait to share with the world.

    Joe is the #1 best-selling author of The Board Game Designer’s Guide and 2 other books on game design. Joe has 4 games published (Zoo Year’s Eve, Kingdom's Candy: Monsters, Four Word Thinking, and King of Indecision) and another game he is self-publishing (Relics of Rajavihara).

    Joe has also taught game design and development at Wilfrid Laurier University (near Toronto, Canada), and currently runs two online game design courses (the Board Game Design Course and the Creation to Publication Program) that he developed himself, along with a membership site for game designers.

    Go to www.boardgamedesigncourse.com to check out his blog, resources, books, and courses for game designers. You can also see what games he’s currently working on at www.crazylikeabox.com.