Good Games Designed by Women
Jarrah Hodge
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New Westminster
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Sitting around the other day I realized I know barely any women game designers. The only game I own designed (whole or in part) by a woman is Plunder, co-designed by Karl and Julianne Lepp. So I thought I'd start a geeklist to discover what other good games there are out there designed by women. I've started off with a few I know of and feel free to add any that come to mind!
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1. Board Game: Plunder [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:2630]
Jarrah Hodge
Canada
New Westminster
BC
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Co-designed by Karl and Julianne Lepp this is probably the best pirate game I've played, except for the difficult to grasp rule sheet.
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2. Board Game: The Red Dragon Inn [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:958] [Average Rating:6.56 Unranked]
Jarrah Hodge
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New Westminster
BC
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Red Dragon Inn credits Colleen Skadl, as well as Geoff Bottone and Cliff Bohm, with design. Haven't played this yet as it always seemed a bit too luck-based for me, but theme looks good.
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3. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:258]
Jarrah Hodge
Canada
New Westminster
BC
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Co-designed by designer extraordinaire Andreas Seyfarth and his wife Karen. This is high on my list of games to try out.
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4. Board Game: Primordial Soup [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:442]
Jarrah Hodge
Canada
New Westminster
BC
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Thanks, Doris Matthaus, for bringing us this fun game!
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5. Board Game: Qwirkle [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:501]
Jarrah Hodge
Canada
New Westminster
BC
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Susan McKinley Ross brings us Qwirkle.
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6. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.46 Overall Rank:11168]
Jarrah Hodge
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New Westminster
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Ok I know I said "good games" but given that this game was designed by Elizabeth Magie and then coopted by Charles Darrow, I felt it belonged on the list, as probably the most famous game designed by a woman. Also it's possible that if Lizzie Magie's vision for the game - designed to show how renters become impoverished while landlords benefit - was maintained, it might've been a little better!
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7. Board Game: Flowerpower [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1697]
Diane Close
United States
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One of my favorite Kosmos 2-players was created by a woman: Angelika Fassauer.
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8. Board Game: Counting Zzzzs [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:8554]
Diane Close
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One of my favorite card games was also created by a woman who runs her own company: Joan Wendland of Blood And Cardstock Games.
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9. Board Game: Fraud Squad [Average Rating:4.21 Overall Rank:10249]
Matt Davis
United States
New Concord
Ohio
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Designed by Anye Mercy. (Known as dietevil here on the 'geek.) A couple more were published by her company Diet Evil Games, which later changed its name to Dancing Eggplant Games. I'd imagine she had some creative input on those as well.
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10. Board Game: Summertime [Average Rating:5.67 Overall Rank:7953]
Diane Close
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This underrated, relaxing Kosmos gem was co-authored by Inka Brand and her husband, Marcus.

They are probably better known for creating Guatemala Café:

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11. Board Game: Ad Acta [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:3898]
Huzonfirst
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Manassas
Virginia
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I'm surprised that the best known female designer in Germany, Andrea Meyer, hasn't been mentioned yet. ad acta, which was nominated for an IGA game of the year award, is probably her best known design, but she's also had success with the singing party game Hossa, the political filler Stimmvieh, and Mall World.
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12. Board Game: Continuo [Average Rating:5.26 Overall Rank:10625]
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Probably the best known female game designer in the world is Maureen Hiron. Her first published design, Continuo, has sold hundreds of thousands of copies and continues to be among the best selling games in the world. She also has a couple of dozen more designs to her credit in a career that spans over a quarter of a century.
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13. Board Game: Santiago [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:349]
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This excellent 2003 title was co-designed by Claudia Hely.
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14. Board Game: Liebe & Intrige [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:4372]
Diane Close
United States
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Designed by not one, but TWO women: Ellen Maria Ernst and Kira Verena Samol. A fun, light, and very pink race game. kiss
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15. Board Game: Balderdash [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1330]
Rob Bartel
Canada
Edmonton
Alberta
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While she's not credited here on BGG, Canadian actress Laura Robinson invented Balderdash, a popular (and enjoyable) party game for writerly types.
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16. Board Game: Muscat [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:3340]
Joe Gola
United States
Redding
Connecticut
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Designed by Christiane Knepel, graphics by Antje Graf. A spicy and satisfying little dish with a delicate seasoning of evil.
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17. Board Game: Spooky Stairs [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1569]
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This excellent game was designed by Michelle Schanen, who also came up with Geisterwäldchen.
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18. Board Game: Sleeping Queens [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1715]
John W
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Sacramento
California
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It says the family's 6 yr old daughter came up with this great kids game.
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19. Board Game: Battle of the Wilderness [Average Rating:5.65 Unranked]
Pete Belli
United States
Florida
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Another wargame designed by a woman. Linda Mosca was an SPI employee in the 1970s and created this Civil War battle game as part of the Blue & Gray Quad series.
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20. Board Game: Mü & More [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:524]
Will DeMorris
United States
El Paso
Texas
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I know Doris is already mentioned in this list, but I thought I would list Mu anyway. It's one of my favorite card games and I love the changing alliances in the game when you have 5 players. I also think it's one of the best looking games I own.

-Will
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21. Board Game: Redneck Life [Average Rating:5.32 Overall Rank:10636]
Grace Whelan
United States
Tipp City
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I'm not sure if this would fall into your category of "good". But I know its the funniest roll and move game I've ever played. I love to pull it out and play with my redneck relatives. We all get a good laugh. The game designers are both women, and really nice to boot. Anyone go to Gen Con? You can join in their fun by doing Redneck Olympics and other things. These ladies are a hoot!
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22. Board Game: Labyrintus [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Rob
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30° 12′ 38″ N, 95° 45′ 2″ W
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Here's a new one that looks interesting - from Victoria Lamb.
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23. Board Game: SET [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:997]
Brian Poe
United States
Tucson
Arizona
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Oh my! No one has added SET!?

Marsha J. Falco designed this wonderful game. Me and my friends have been playing this for a long time and it still hits the table quite frequently.
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24. Board Game: Crisis Games: Colombia [Average Rating:6.08 Unranked]
Paul Glenn
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Wheaton
Maryland
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Karrin Engelman co-designed this with her husband, Karsten. I think she may have had a role in designing Rise and Fall as well, but I'm not sure.

This is why she's one of the (if not the) greatest women in wargaming, according to the Point 2 Point podcast.
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25. Board Game: Rotundo [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:8490]
Mark Strecker
United States
Murrieta
California
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Designed by Bay Area designer, Jodi Soares.
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