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Women Game Designers
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I recently read a short rant about the term "female friendly" in relation to gaming. Essentially the poster was saying that different women like different kinds of games just as much as different men do.

This got me thinking about game design for some reason. While I can name quite a few game designers who are men, I can't think of a single game designer who is a woman!

This geeklist is dedicated to all female game designers. Please post any that you know of. I'm interested to see what kind of games are thought up by the women of the gaming world!
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1. Board Game Designer: Karen Seyfarth
brian
United States
Cedar Lake
Indiana
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Thurn and Taxis.

And probably some uncredited work on Puerto Rico.
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2. Board Game Designer: Doris Matthäus
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United States
Cedar Lake
Indiana
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Quite a few games and a lot of the artwork to boot. Highest rated games: Primordial Soup and Mu and More.
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3. Board Game: Ad Acta [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:3830]
Scott Nelson
United States
Idaho Falls
Idaho
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Andrea Meyer - a game about secretarial duties in getting projects off the ground by having all the needed signatures on the proposal - or something like that. Boardgames with Scott interviews Andrea about the game.
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4. Board Game: Qwirkle [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:499]
Ben Lott
United States
Mason
Michigan
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Great game by a great woman...Thanks for the fun Susan McKinley Ross!
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5. Board Game Designer: Joan Wendland
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United States
Sterling
Virginia
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Joan is a great person and makes some really fun games.
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6. Board Game: Labyrintus [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Mousey
Netherlands
Santpoort-Zuid
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ESSEN The Game: SPIEL '13 Featuring Jonah
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This game is by: Victoria Lamb
Fantastic looking game!

Seen her demo it in Essen, would love to see it published.

Yes, she is on BGG:

Victoria Lamb
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Adelaide
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7. Board Game: Sleeping Queens [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1720]
Ben Lott
United States
Mason
Michigan
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Not only was this game partially designed by a female, but Miranda Evarts was only 6 years old when she came up with the idea.
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8. Board Game: Battle of the Wilderness [Average Rating:5.65 Unranked]
Pete Belli
United States
Florida
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Linda Mosca, a female wargame designer.

cool

BTW, I'm half-heartedly looking for a copy of this game.
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9. Board Game Artist: Marie Cardouat
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Stavanger
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She is not the designer, but I think that in the case of Dixit, Marie's artwork is so central to the game that she deserves a special mention, especially in light of this year's Spiel des Jahres award. Dixit also won game of the year in France and Spain in 2009, and Poland in 2010.

Marie has also done art for Dixit Quest, La Grande Parade and Marrakech.

She was at Spiel 09 when the picture above was taken, and was kind enough to draw a picture on our Dixit box when we were there too.
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10. Board Game: Advanced Civilization [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
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United States
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Jennifer Schlickbernd
United States
Santa Clarita
California
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one of the many designers on this one
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11. Board Game: R-Eco [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:999]
dustin boggs
Canada
Victoria
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Susumu Kawasaki Designed R-Eco and Traders of Carthage
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Rob Bartel
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Edmonton
Alberta
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A similar geeklist.
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13. Board Game Designer: Susan Van Camp
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Kentwood
Michigan
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Co-designer of Dragon Storm and long time illustraitor for many many games and quite a number of CCGs incuding Magic. Allmost invariably seen in her various red suits at conventions.



http://www.theladygamer.com/Capricon/Dealers%20-%20Susan%20V...
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14. Board Game Designer: Maureen Hiron
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United States
Collinsville
Illinois
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Maureen Hiron has quite a long list of titles to her name. My kids and I enjoy playing quite a few of them such as Cosmic Cows, 7 Ate 9 and Super Circles.
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15. Board Game Designer: Monika Dilli
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She is co-designer of Crash by Crash http://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/38464/crash-by-crash
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16. Board Game Designer: Roberta Taylor
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Poland
Warsaw
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The author of Octopus' Garden

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17. Board Game: Rattus [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:543]
Adam Porter
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Cardiff
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Åse Berg was co-designer of Rattus and Oregon.

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18. Board Game Designer: Liz Spain
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United States
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Most recently she designed the game Incredible Expeditions: Quest for Atlantis.
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19. Board Game Designer: Sarah Reed
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Rancho Cordova
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My husband and I are designing games together.

Our first game, Triple Threat, is published on the Game Crafter. Triple Threat is one that I am very proud of because two of the three games were my idea. My husband and I do work together, each bringing different strengths to the table, but it doesn't make me any less of a designer. I just prefer to work with my husband as I feel we make a stronger product than if either of us did it on our own.

In mid-February 2015, we'll be putting Project Dreamscape on Kickstarter with a friend's help. It'll be under his label of Undine Studios.

Several more games are in the works and if everything goes well with Kickstarting our first game, it is very likely we'll continue that way.
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20. Board Game: EONS [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:2877]
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Krista Witt. Their expansion made it's goal in 33 hours. Damn fine game, and I hope to see more from her in the future.
 
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21. Board Game Designer: Judy Martin
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I'll add my wife, Judy Martin, to the list. She is first and foremost a quilt designer and author, but together we designed Quilt Show, which made its debut at the recent Origins. It should be on shelves soon.

We're working on other designs.
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22. Board Game Designer: Stephanie Palermo
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The game Flocks & Flyways for our company Shark & Shark Games.

This is the first game I co-designed the mechanics and gameplay, did playtesting, marketing, etc.
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23. Board Game Designer: Candy Weber
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Lorton
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BoardGameGeek: The Card Game
 
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