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I was just thinking about games last night, and realized that I can't name a single game in my collection designed by a female. And I found that strange, seeing as I have a fairly decent sized collection. So I thought this would be a good place to ask, because this is driving me crazy not being able to think of any. What popular games were designed by females? Who are the top female designers?
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Nikki Valens is responsible for much of FFG's current Cthulhu products, including the recently released Mansions of Madness: Second Edition.
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Women Game Designers

Games with Female Designers!
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Carla Horger worked with her husband to design Thunder Alley and Grand Prix. Pretty fun games.
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgamedesigner/52237/carla-horg...
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Favourite Game Designers Who Aren't Men?
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Besides Qwirkle, I also have in my collection Mall World from Andrea Meyer and Inka Brand co-designed A Castle for All Seasons and Saint Malo

Anne Marie DeWitt also did Munchkin Panic
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Monarch was designed by a woman and the art is also by a woman.
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More links:

The Board Games Women Make on MetaFilter.com

We Asked, Who Are Your Favorite Female Designers? Twitter Answered! on Gameosity.com

On Man OverBoard, Paul Owen's boardgaming web log:
Feminism discourse: Why are women the exception in boardgame design?
Feminism Discourse Part 2: Who are the women that design games?
Feminism Discourse Part 3: Who else has asked this question?

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I don't know how popular she is yet (though she should be), but my #2 game ZhanGuo was co-designed by Stefania Niccolini. She is also co-designer of Railroad Revolution which is at Essen this year and having read the rulebook I'm already ready to put my money down. Plus it's getting some solid buzz which is great. It's safely the game I'm most interested in at this year's Essen and Stefania is on my short list of designers to watch out for.

Oh, and I almost forgot Christina Ng Zhen Wei, co-designer of the excellent Three Kingdoms Redux with her husband. This is unfortunately the only game they've made, but they both seem to have a solid presence here on the site and reading about the process of deciding to make this game was really fascinating.
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Oh, and I almost forgot Christina Ng Zhen Wei, co-designer of the excellent Three Kingdoms Redux with her husband. This is unfortunately the only game they've made, but they both seem to have a solid presence here on the site and reading about the process of deciding to make this game was really fascinating.

We're working on our second game right now, but it'll take a lot more time. We started tinkering last year, but serious work began at the start of 2016.

We're starting to develop some kind of pattern in our game designing: I tend to come up with the spine of the design while my Significant Other comes up with the details to fill in all the gaps.

Oh, and her parents are also involved actively in this second game idea, via helping us with the playtesting. cool

Here is a pic of my lovely Significant Other, during a playtest of our first game idea:


And this is her BGG user profile:
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My wife has a game coming out soon, maybe at Essen. http://www.quicksimplefun.com/product/veggie-garden/
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There is this article I wrote:

https://li.st/sirjoshwood/board-games-designed-by-women-6X1o...

Burano and Lotus are both co-designed by women
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I wouldn't be surprised if the percentage of female designers is higher on the RPG side. Gunilla Jonsson is a famous name among Swedish RPG designers.
Tina Engström is the designer behind Privateers! which unfortunatly failed its Kickstarter.
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How would you define "top" designers?

Both designers and players will have different goals for their games. Some people want detailed history and/or detailed a-historical settings. Some don't. Some people want different details. Of course, in each category, some games are better than others, but it's hard to say that Rocroi is better or worse than Serenity.
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Nikki Valens is responsible for much of FFG's current Cthulhu products, including the recently released Mansions of Madness: Second Edition.


Did she do Arkham Horror: The Card Game? Because that is the first and only Cthulhu game that I'll ever buy.
 
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While she's better known as an illustrator, Doris Matthäus has a number of design credits for games I rate highly and there are relatively few men who have designed as many games as Maureen Hiron and even fewer who will have been more commercially successful, with Continuo alone being published in multiple editions over the years and in multiple languages long before that was common.
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Two absolutely amazing women who are designing roleplaying games:

Meguey Baker
Emily Care Boss

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who's pretty much doing everything: designs board games, roleplaying games and video games and is an artist.

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I'm sure I've forgotten to mention someone important.
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Aw, thanks! I just saw this list.

There are several great female designers who are taking part in the various BGG design contests this year:

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Toenail21 wrote:
I was just thinking about games last night, and realized that I can't name a single game in my collection designed by a female.


I was wondering the same thing, although my initial instinct was to look at "The Hotness" box to the left and clicked on "People". All 50 are male, so I came here.

We try to have a balanced play group, it's not easy to find women who like to play tabletop games beyond "monopoly" and "sorry!". It seems though there are more female players than ever before (I'm comparing with the 90s and my own youth)...
 
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