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Big Box Challenge


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We want you to design a completely unique big box game. We're not limiting theme or mechanics with this challenge. It is as free form as it gets. There are only a few requirements: It must use a large retail box, it must play between 1 and 2 hours, and it must have a cost of at least $30 and not more than $60.

This is your chance to let your creativity off its leash. Whatever game you've had an itch to build, you can build it, so long as it's not simple or short. We're looking for the next Catan, Ticket to Ride, Pandemic, Stone Age, or 7 Wonders here. The Captain is Dead is an example of a big box game on The Game Crafter that fills all these criteria. So if you've ever felt constrained by time or budget or rules by our contests, this contest is the one you've been waiting for. Get out your pens and paper, and get to work!

Alex Coulombe, winner of the Mashup Challenge, will be personally judging all entries.

To qualify, your game must comply with all of the following rules:

  • Your game must be a big box game, as in, it must use the large retail box and no other box.
  • Your game must play between 1 and 2 hours. Not 30 minutes. Not 3 hours.
  • You are welcome to use any printables or game pieces available in our shop to create your game.
  • The cost of your game cannot exceed $59.99, but must cost at least $29.99.
  • A rules document must be downloadable from your game's shop page and also included in the game itself. Can be in booklet or document form.
  • The game must be publish ready (as it relates to our shop, not as it relates to being finished). This means it has a logo, backdrop, shop ad, action shots, description, and cool factors. It must also have all images proofed, and have a large retail box.
  • This must be a new game created for this contest. It cannot have existed on TGC prior to the start of the contest.
  • All artwork must be your own, commissioned by you, licensed to you, or in the public domain.
  • All entries must be submitted through TGC's game editor (by clicking on the "Contests" button) no later than Noon UTC (6am US Central) on June 5, 2017.
  • Contestants may submit multiple entries to this contest. Each entry will be judged separately.


You retain all rights to your game and are welcome to sell it in our shop during and after the contest, regardless of the outcome of the contest.

The first round of judging is handled by a community voting process. The final two rounds are handled by the judge. See complete details.


The winner shall receive all of the following prizes:
  • Automatic Showcase status on
  • 100,000 crafter points.
  • $100 of shop credit on
  • Induction into The Game Crafter Hall of Fame.
  • The possibility of judging a future contest.
  • The winner will receive a new copy of Rum Run: Deluxe, a big box game that won the Mashup Challenge.

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