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The 18 Card Challenge - November - Design a game based on a real life location

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This is a wild adventure of a series. This week we announced the winner, runners up, and bonus stars for the Identical Card Challenge, then we closed the submissions for the No Table Challenge, and now it's time for the next one already.

The November Challenge is one intended to give everyone a little breathing room and explore something thematic instead of intensely restrictive mechanics for the 3rd month in a row. :)

NOVEMBER CHALLENGE: Create an 18 card game based on a real life location.


Additional explanation: We consider a real life location a specific building, park, street, city, state or country. Also a river, or mountain. Anything along those lines. Your game could be about the Pine Barrens in New Jersey or Buckingham Palace, or a city in Brazil. It can be a location that existed and no longer does. We only ask that you are respectful of any culture that you are working with.  

More additional rules: Cards are poker sized and cannot be cut or torn or drawn on. No additional components. You cannot use the packaging or the rules as components.

If you haven't joined our amazing community at discord (500 new members since we announced this design series), join us here:

Let's get into the details:


Submissions will be accepted until Saturday November 30, 2019 at 11:59 PM EST.

Winner will be announced on or before Tuesday December 24, 2019.

Component Limitations

18 cards

NOTES: Cards should be poker sized and not square. Cards may not have holes cut through them or be modified with markers or dry erase or any other compoenents.

Rules - web document is fine, no formatting necessary. Rules cannot be used as a physical component of the game.

No additional components (no pen, paper, scissors, etc)

Submission Requirements

For your submission, instead of emailing us, we have created a simple google form to collect the following information from you.

  1. Game Description: Including Game Title, Player Count, Estimated Play Time, Recommended Ages (if any), Brief Description of the game play.
  2. Print-and-Play File: This should include the rules and play sheet(s). The file can be hosted on either your own site, or a public one like Dropbox or Google Drive, or included as an attachment. IF YOUR FILES HAVE PERMISSIONS, PLEASE MAKE SURE THEY ARE OPEN SO THAT WE CAN SEND TO OTHER JUDGES.
  3. Short Pitch Video: No more than 3 minutes. This doesn't need to be any more than a handheld phone video, but we just request to see some visuals of the gameplay. WE RECOMMEND YOUTUBE OR VIMEO. WE WILL BE USING VIDEOS IN OUR WEB SERIES.

Additional Restrictions

Designs must be original works that do not infringe on any intellectual property. Submission 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.

One submission per entrant.

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 winner will receive $100 , paid via Paypal. All entries may be considered for publication by Button Shy Games (and will be offered a contract with royalties like any other design that we publish).


We will feature the game images and submission videos on our YouTube channel. We will discuss the finalists in detail and judge them on video as well. We will not be providing feedback on all entries, but watching the subsequent videos will show why specific games made it to the finalists or won. We plan to keep comments positive, and highlight why a game won instead of why a game lost.

Good luck everyone!


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