Button Shy Nano Game Contest

Earlier this year we had a very successful Wallet Game design contest (which will return next year with a twist). But now we are back, with something even smaller!

If you thought 18 cards was a tight design space, welcome to the 1-9 card design contest!



Submissions will be accepted from Sunday November 13, 2016 until Wednesday November 30, 2016 at 11:59PM EST.

Finalists will be announced Friday December 9, 2016

Winners will be announced Monday December 19, 2016


There are three categories and you may submit one game in each category. (a co-design counts as one game)

CARDS ONLY (1-9 Cards)

SMALL FRY (1-4 Cards, 1d6 and up to 4 coins)

ANYTHING GOES (1-9 Cards, Cards may be cut to make tokens / half cards, etc.., 2d6, 10 coins, paper and pencil)

REMEMBER: when cards are cut poorly, hidden information becomes known. So keep this in mind when designing for cut cars.

Rules must be brief, but playable.

Submission Requirements

For each submission, you will need to send the following to buttonshycontest@gmail.com.

Pitch Video (5 minutes or less)

You will need to provide a link to a video elevator pitch of your game including gameplay examples. This video can be hosted either on your own site or a public one like YouTube or Vimeo.


You will need to provide a link to a complete rules document that is sufficient for a reader to learn to play the game. The rules can be hosted on either your own site, or a public one like Dropbox or Google Drive.

Game Description

Including Game Title, Player Count, Estimated Play Time, Recommended Ages (if any), Brief Description of the gameplay and theme (if any).

Print and Play

A print and play copy of the game. It doesn't need to be pretty.

Contact Information

Additional Restrictions

Designs must be original works that do not infringe on any intellectual property. All submissions must not be publicly available through any retail, secondary or print-on-demand market and may not be currently under consideration for publication by other publishers.
Designers must be 18 years or older to enter.

While designs need not have final artwork or graphics, they should be complete and usable. All designs remain the intellectual property of the designers.


The winning design in each category will receive $25.

All entries may be considered for publication.
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