Reviews
I’m a late comer to board game design, and to this podcast, but I’ve immersed myself in both, and this podcast has been a phenomenal help!!I haven’t even touched the numerous streaming options on tv because I have this to listen to while I stay focused on “work”. Great job Gabe!
Dr.Curilla via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/29/21
It’s been so fun watching Gabe grow over the years, and often he has more expertise and interesting things to say about the topics than the experts themselves! Keep up the great work and thank you for all you do for the design community.
Big Fan 1820 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/08/21
Fair to say this is the single podcast with the most interview with game designers. If you are seeking to learn from the masters, this is probably the one to go with. Most other podcasts are about playing games, rather than designing them
Carlos Flores L via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 04/20/21
Great interviews
amazing 5 stars1234567890 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/06/20
Where to start! Gabe’s BGDL podcast has been an inspiration and a joy to listen to for years. The episodes focus on very specific topics which allow you to focus in on what you want to hear. Heck, I’ve practically listened to them all since they’re so interesting, no matter the subject matter. I...Read full review »
Gishzni via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/19/20
We love listening to this podcast every week to learn about game design and all types of executing Kickstarter projects. Lots of great guests and a very knowledgeable host.
KatSosnick via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/20/20
If you are a board game designer, this is the best podcast out there for it!
Lowenhigh via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/19/20
Gabe has been doing an outstanding job helping the board game creators with their game designs by making a really useful content. I'm also following his group on Facebook which has been a great place to go for a game advice. In addition Gabe is a real example of how his work benefits...Read full review »
Alex Maklai via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/14/20
What I really appreciate about Gabe's show is he gets right to the point of each episode and mini-episode. These shows are packed with valuable information for board game design and go deep into specific topics without a lot of filler. He also manages to keep it light and entertaining.Read full review »
Tim - Under the Capes via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/17/20
BGDL covers a wide range of topics on game design which will help any fledgling designers enter the hobby while also helping seasoned designers hone their craft. Gabe does an excellent job getting a variety of guests to share their experience and advice. The spectrum runs from prolific...Read full review »
JD Brooks via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/21/19
This is a fantastic podcast! I learn something new every time I listen to a new episode. It has inspired me to take some of the ideas I’ve kicked around for a long time and see if I can develop them further.
MountaineerDoug via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/31/19
Gabe has done an amazing job at providing a repository of incredibly useful content for publishers and designers. I’ve been listening since episode and I’m always learning something new. Great guests with great insights make this an ever valuable resource for aspiring and established designers.
Tmert via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/18/19
Listening to Gabe and those he interviews is extremely helpful. This should be mandatory listening for anyone who is in the board game design or publishing industry. I love how he focuses on a specific topic every episode. Hard to find this good of information in the board game industry that...Read full review »
Darinbyu via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/22/19
For anyone really interested in board game design this podcast is amazing, with in depth topical interviews with many of the most influential people working in the field.
mrtim29 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 03/06/19
Gabe covers so many different areas on the show and has a great array of guests on as well. So very interesting and a worthwhile listen
We're Not Wizards via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 02/18/19
Great insight on the production and design on side of the hobby. Really interesting advice from people like Lang, Stegmaier, Leacock and loads more. Being new to this it is great to come across such an oasis!!! Thank you Gabe!
nomad_d via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 07/31/18
If you are doubting any aspect of a game you are developing or simply want to find out how a successful professional has previously dealt with the same situation, then these podcasts will be as invaluable to you as they have been for us. Hearing about how some of the leading names have taken...Read full review »
JonnyBarko via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 05/07/18
I'm a Board Game Designer from Brazil and I learned a lot with Board Game Design Lab. It's a great show to learn more about games!
FabricioCA via Apple Podcasts · Brazil · 04/02/18
My favorite board game design podcast. Gabe is a great host, and the guests and information he’s gathering for us is phenomenal. Thank you.
ChadZaugg via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/28/18
Very professional podcast about game design. Great interviews with a wide spectrum of Indi game designers, developers and publishers. Looking forward to the next one.
A kiwi in Norway via Apple Podcasts · Norway · 02/20/18
Like many in this world of board games I play and design board games as a hobby. Gabe’s podcast has enriched my experience considerably and fueled my desire to continue designing, play-testing and getting feedback. I can’t recommend this podcast enough. Special guests, great interviews and plenty...Read full review »
Happy Nips via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/12/18
Being relatively new to the board game design industry, I have found this podcast incredibly helpful. My greatest listening experience was during the Kirk Dennison interview, which literally happened right as I was about to refactor and print some cards for an upcoming playtest. During the...Read full review »
kyledpierson via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/03/18
Entertaining, #realtalk about game design, the board game field, and game culture.
Loxley01 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/31/17
Gabe is an inspirational host and it's obvious he spends a lot of time and care in putting the show together. The guests are high-calibre, the questions well considered and his enthusiasm is infectious. Particularly enjoyed recent solo show on 'Why Board Games Matter'. Good decision...Read full review »
MrKelly2u via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 06/07/17
As someone who has worked parttime in the board game business, this podcast has been very helpful to me. Once I started listening to it, I heard all 20 episodes in less than a week, which is something I've never done before. Disclosure: I'll appear in an interview on this podcast at a...Read full review »
Morten Monrad Pedersen via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/29/17
As an aspiring board game desinger, I tend to listen to and read everything I can about the subject. This podacast is easily in the top 5 most valuable resources. The guests are incredible, his questions are thoughtful and illicit helpful advice, and the bonus material on the website is a great...Read full review »
anubis-9 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/23/17
High quality content with in depth interviews on game design.
Dobey via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/15/17
This podcast has shot up to one of my favourite as soon as it got started. Very informative and entertaining. Even if you are not a designer, it is good to listen to see what makes your favourite games tick behind the scene. Makes you appreciate the games more after hearing about all the hard...Read full review »
Board Game Obsession via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 02/13/17
Interviews with the best in the business. Informative, insightful, and entertaining.
EraserXXXX via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 01/23/17
I've listened to a fair number of game design podcasts, and I've got to say, I'm more than impressed with the inaugural outing of Gabe's Board Game Design Lab. His guests are superb, and the conversations are insightful, and provide a lot of nuance. Gabe is (apparently)...Read full review »
Sleeps9hours via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/21/17
Board Game Design Lab reminds me of the great podcasts Ludology and Board Game University. Very informative. Production value effects are passable, but the content is so good no additional bling is even necessary. Host Gabe Barrett draws a supurb quality of guests. These are exactly the folks to...Read full review »
cynical81 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/20/17
This podcast is an incredibly useful and insightful resource if you're looking to become or are already a part of the board game design community. The guests Gabe interviews are titans of the industry. Keep up the great work!!Read full review »
Me23456784 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/20/17
This is a very informative podcast, that goes into greater depth on the ins and outs of board game design. Little time is waisted, as Gabe gets right to the good bits with little preamble. I woudn't mind if it was longer, as I always feel the guests have even more insights to offer, but it's way...Read full review »
-AL via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 01/20/17
Podcasts brings in many guests with informative q&a for those looking to gain insight into game making!
Three Red Shells via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/20/17
Gabe does an incredible job on this podcast. He's put in years of research and is lending his experience to the community. He has top notch interviews with the best of the best in the board game community. He's also quick to respond to ideas and suggestions from his listeners. Bonus...Read full review »
D24D24D via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/20/17
Gabe has put together such a great resource in BGDL. Such a friendly, approachable, and helpful guy. A great listen.
Gargamel-12345 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/20/17
The design lab podcast is like the perfect Design Toolkit for board game designers. Up to date info on playtesting, mechanics, design theory, give both designers and fans a valuable peek behind the curtain of game design. The weekly podcast serves as a re-charge for game developers to stay...Read full review »
KC intellect via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/20/17
This is the reason I got into Podcasts. I'd seen podcasts mentioned by other people numerous times, but never bothered to look into it, until I saw this advertised. A short while later and I now follow about 3 ... but this is still the reason I check to see if new podcasts are...Read full review »
RamMegiddo via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 01/20/17
This podcast helped me get back into game design with very insightful interviews and actual real life advices from industry veterans. Very recommended.
billb343 via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 01/20/17
I really love this podcast. As an aspiring game designer myself, it has been great to hear the advice and insight of professional designers who were themselves just amateurs not too long ago. The content is all very useful and is presented in manageable "bite-sized" segments. Definitley...Read full review »
Chris Raba via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/20/17
This podcast has quickly risen to the top of my must listens every week. The content is always relevant to the design community and the guests (as well as the host) are generous with sharing their knowledge. Keep up the great work!
gab4tac via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 01/19/17
I recently subscribed to the board game design lab newsletter and thus heard about this podcast. I have listened to a few episodes so far and am love the way Gabe interviews his guests. He asks questions I want to know and allows for the other party, not only to respond but to also add things...Read full review »
Lb19 lblb 69 via Apple Podcasts · Netherlands · 01/19/17
Great to hear from different perspectives about the board game design.
Ramallah via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/19/17
This podcast picks up where Board Game University left off - great interviews with industry folks that help educator game designers (and fans). The production quality is great and the frequent updates with new episodes is fantastic.
Pat Marino via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/18/17
BGDL is a relatively new channel but it has already found a steady place in my weekly routine. In today's board gaming scene, there is a real danger of information overload with new things emerging at a faster rate than one can keep up with. I am extremely grateful for Gabe for providing a filter...Read full review »
MLe1s via Apple Podcasts · Estonia · 01/18/17
Gabe brings in some pretty big names in the industry to share tips right off the bat. Extremely useful information in an easy to digest format.
gstratch via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/18/17
I'm relatively new to the boardgaming community so I'm interested in all aspects from board game design, development, themes, mechnics, etc. This podcast covers all these areas with the benefit of getting leading industry professionals to share their insights. I mostly listen on my...Read full review »
Daniel_2112 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 01/18/17
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