Cardboard Edison

is creating bright ideas for board game inventors

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Thank you for helping us support the board game design community! In addition to helping ensure that Cardboard Edison remains sustainable, you will receive:

Early access to all original material we produce (interviews, podcasts, monthly roundups, etc.) before everyone else.

Extended interviews with every episode of our Immersed board game design podcast.


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Thank you! In addition to all lower pledge level rewards, you will receive:
—Access to The Compendium, the board game publisher directory, with information on hundreds of publishers.
—One free submission to the Cardboard Edison Award for unpublished game designs.


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Thank you! In addition to all lower pledge level rewards, you will receive:
Cardboard Edison Omnibus, a comprehensive weekly newsletter of game design tips via email.
—A say in what we produce, by voting on our projects, who we interview, and more. 




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Thanks for checking out our Patreon campaign! We’ve been helping board game designers find useful information and resources through our blogTwitter feed and newsletter since 2012, and we’re looking to expand with more original content.

Doing what we do takes a whole lot of time and effort. We keep tabs on hundreds of websites and forums, scores of podcasts and thousands of Twitter accounts. We asked the design community what they want to see from us, and their priorities include more interviews, a better website, a unique survey, and more. Thanks to the early support of our patrons, we've already made good on several of these goals.

For us to make Cardboard Edison the resource we know it can be, we need the support of patrons like you. By making a monthly pledge, you’ll be helping us support the growing tabletop design community.

The Cardboard Edison tips blog has been and always will be free. But becoming a patron comes with perks.

At every pledge level, you’ll get early access to all of our original content. At higher levels, you can help shape the material we produce. Scroll to the bottom of the page to learn more.

Thanks for your support!

~ Chris & Suzanne Zinsli


You can make a one-time donation to support Cardboard Edison here!


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"A diligent and comprehensive curator of board game advice" – Daniel Solis

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"Couldn't see myself designing without them around." – Christopher Chung

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"If you’re at all interested in game design, @CardboardEdison is the only account you need to follow." – Neil Roberts

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"If you're really a game designer then @CardboardEdison is an amazing resource for you. For reals." – Across The Board Games

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Read our FAQ for more information about our pledge levels
$650 - reached! per month
When we reach $650 a month, we'll launch a podcast! It will be a fully scripted, well-produced show all about board game design!

As we hit milestones, we'll reveal more of what we have planned!
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