We have less than a month before the Preliminaries submissions deadline！02-06
Drifting Lands on Modian achieves complete success!01-19
Drifting Lands now is OPEN on Modian!12-05
The opening ceremony of the 2nd WODC rounded off perfectly!10-23
Results of the 1st WODC08-09
WODC（World Original Design Contest of Board Game）is proudly initiated and held by Yoka Games, following the success of the first season, the second season will continue to encourage original design by accepting submissions from all around the world.
In the second season, with the exception of Trading Card Games (TCG) and Living Card Games (LCG), we have decided to permit all possible original designs and ideas, by not setting theme requirements, as long as they have never been commercialized, published, or participated in any other board game design contests. The second season of WODC will still progress through the qualification and preliminary rounds of selection before arriving at the finals.
The competition aims to encourage original game design from game designers and promote the growth of the board games industry. We welcome all designers who have ideas, creativity and enthusiasm to join in and compete for the glory and rewards that may follow!
1 Gold prize: Cash of US$3,000 (subject to regulatory taxes).
1 Silver prize: Cash of US$2,000 (subject to regulatory taxes).
2 Bronze prizes: Cash of US$1,000 each (subject to regulatory taxes).
Various Awards: Total Cash prize pool of US$2,000 (subject to regulatory taxes).
10 years of self-publishing experience, with over 10 million sets of board games being produced.
Professional experience in product planning.
Specialized art team.
Large resource pool in production.
Comprehensive channels for distribution,
through both online and offline means.
Professional board game magazine provides coverage for the entire competition.
More than 50 online game review websites for promotions.
Notification support from the popular App “Board Game Circle”.
Attractive prize pool Winner gets US$3,000! The total prize pool is US$9,000
Production for Publishing
Professional help provided for commercialization of final product
Promotion of games are done through both on/offline channels
Providing professional advice on game commercialization
Preliminaries submissions deadline
Open for Submissions: October 20th， 2019 Official E-mail opens for Submissions.
Preliminaries results: April 2020（Date to be determined）After the initial screening, our staff will reply via mail and announce results on the official website.
Semi-Finals Results:Sept. 2020（date to be determined) After the game testing, the staff will reply via mail and announce results on the official website.
A grand ceremony will be held in Shanghai Board Game Market for prize presentation, alone with well-known designers from both the local and overseas board game scene.
October 20th, 2019
Open for Submissions
2020 during BGM
Prize giving ceremony
Deadline（Subject to the time of sending）March 1st， 2020，23：59：59（UTC+8）Submissions can be made before the submission deadline, and resubmissions can be revised and submitted again also before the deadline.
Semi-Finals Submission: May 2020（date to be determined）Submissions for the semi-finals must be a prototype.
Finals Result:Oct. 2020（date to be determined) Judges will determine which submissions from the semi-finals shall proceed on to the finals.
JOIN THE COMPETITION
WODC specifically accepts original, unreleased games, work that have been copyrighted, commercialized, or have participated in crowd-funding or any other events will not be accepted. The organizer will keep the content of every submission confidential. At the end of each round, the submissions that have been selected to proceed to the next round shall be announced. Before proceeding with the submission, please read the 2nd World Original Design Contest of Board Game Rules and Regulations（Click here to check the details）. Every participant will be required to send an application form through e-mail, and each submission must be furnished with one application form.
Deadline（Subject to the time of sending）: March 1st， 2020，23：59：59（UTC+8）
Please submit by E-mail. Contents of submission E-mail (Please write in English or Chinese):
01 - Attach the completed entry form in PDF format （Download）
02 - Attach the detailed game rules in PDF format. Game rules should include but are not limited to: Initial game settings, Flow of the game, End of the game, Victory conditions, etc.
03 - Subject of the email must be represented by the name of the completed submission.
04 - In addition to the above information, you can also provide other supporting materials, including introductory wordings, cards, photos, illustrations, audio, video, animation, power-point presentations, etc., these materials should help auditors understand your design more.
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Post address: 8F., Bldg. 1, Hailan Chuangzhi Tiandi, No. 478 Yuhangtang Rd., Gongshu Dist., Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, 311100
Reciever: WODC Committee
Contact number: (+86) 571-88050880-3061
If you have any questions about the competition, please check ouror contact us directly.
If you have any questions about the competition or would like to seek business cooperation, please contact us:
Address: 8/F, Building 1, Hailan Chuangzhi Tiandi, No. 478 Yuhangtang Road, Gongshu District, Hangzhou, China
Post code: 311100
Contact number: 0571-88050880-3061
Q1: If my work has been shown in other public occasions (such as a board game exhibition), can I submit it?
A: Entries in the WODC Contest must not have been published on any platform (including but not limited to crowd-funding, exhibitions, magazines, etc.) (with the exception of submissions through the Yoka Games original board game design platform and private game testing).
Q2: After submission, do I still have an opportunity to amend my submission?
A: You may amend or add on to your game content as long as they are submitted before the deadline. It is important to pay attention to the deadlines.
Q3: Which aspects of the submission are being considered in the preliminaries and which are considered in the semi-finals?
A: In the preliminaries, the competition committee checks if the work meets the requirements of the competition, things like if the design is original or appeared elsewhere, whether it contains sensitive content, and more. Following that, the submission goes into the review phase and are screened primarily by reviewing the contents of the rulebook. In the semi-finals, the game will be evaluated through actual tests, including strategic, interactivity, replay ability, substitution, balance, difficulty, operability and fluency, and whether the submission has any unique selling points. Finally, the finalists are selected according to the various factors that makes up the entirety of the submission.
Q4: When my submission is in review and the reviewing committee has a question, will they contact me?
A: No. Explanation of the game rules is part of the criteria for evaluation. To ensure that evaluation is being carried out in all equal fairness, we will not contact any designers about the rules. If there are concerns that explanation in text may not be clear, we recommend that you use the pictures, diagrams or specific examples. Additionally, you may submit supplemental materials such as videos to assist with the explanation. However, please ensure that the materials submitted are relevant, and are submitted before the deadlines.
Q5: After the submission, how is the copyright of the work handled for winning and non-winning submissions?
A: After preliminaries results have been announced and published, all rights arising from the submissions that failed to enter the primarilies will be handed back to the designers. For submissions that have entered the primarilies of the competition. After the final results have been announced and published, and with Yoka Games subsequently given up the first rights of signing the submission by not offering a contract to the designer, all rights arising from the submission are also handed back to the designer. All submissions will be kept by the organizing committee during the competition. Please pay careful attention to the official correspondences via email and updates on the official website.
Q6: What changes to the prize pool between the 1st and 2nd season of WODC?
A： The total prize pool of the second season is exactly the same as that of the 1st season. 9,000 US dollars. The prize amount of the Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes are also intact, with the Gold prize at 3,000 US dollars, Silver prize at 2000 US dollars and Bronze prize at 1000 US dollars each, there will be 2 bronze prizes in the 2nd season. The Excellence Awards (the finalists who have not won the Gold, Silver or Bronze prizes) in the 1st season will be restructure into a number of judges' selection awards, with the remaining 2000 US Dollars to be equally divided among the winners of the selection awards. The judges' selection awards will be selected from all the preliminaries who have not won the top 3 prizes. These awards will be selected from submissions that exhibits outstanding qualities in various aspects. In addition, we will also issue certificates for winners of the gold, silver, bronze, and other prizes.
Q7: What if I want my prototype back when the competition is over?
A: The competition committee will not take the initiative to return the submissions, if you wish to have your prototype sent back, you will need to contact Yoka Games with your mailing address, mobile phone number and postage fees. The competition committee will send your submission to the address that you have specified.
Q8: Is original art required for the submission, or may placeholder art borrowed from online sources be used? (As previously asked by Bruce Nettleton on BoardGameGeek)
A: While borrowed graphics are permitted, we will require each participant to state the source of the borrowed pictorials or images. Having said that, we strongly encourage participants to go for submissions containing their own original artwork, this will contribute towards the level of completion in the submission which is a medium level factor for the WODC committee to consider. Gameplay is the most important factor that the committee will rate, even with borrowed graphics (please attach source acknowledgment). In the event where the gameplay mechanics are rated similarly in terms of points in the contest, the committee will look into the level of completeness (including artwork). If the organizing committee decides to sign the project to bring it commercial, we will definitely invest quality artwork for the game, such an example is illustrated in the transformation from the silver prize winner’s Shan Hai Jing to Drifting Lands.
We have less than a month before the Preliminaries submissions deadline！
Dearest Designers, now we have less than a month before the Preliminaries submissions deadline, March 1st 2020 23:59:59 Beijing Time.
And we have received dozens of submissions so far from around the world.
If there is any update to your preliminaries submission(s), you may submit them quickly to update them before our deadline.
If your submissions have already made it to the Semi-Finals, you may also update them, so please keep the updates coming. But do make sure that the prototypes that would be sent to us are the latest versions.
There will be no change in our Preliminaries submissions deadline, considering the 2019-nCoV, it may also affect the operations logistically , therefore, the Preliminaries results and Semi-Finals Submission deadline may be changed according to the actual situation.
Please pay attention to the official site for WODC for updated information.
On behalf of all the staff, we hope to make it out of this situation safely and fulfill our commitments to the competition.
Stay safe and game on!
Drifting Lands on Modian achieves complete success!
Drifting Lands, which is our silver prize of the 1st WODC, achieves complete success on Modian crowd funding with over 1000 backers!
We should like to extend our grateful thanks.
Now Drifting Lands project has completed with all strench goals unlocked, besides the strench golas of Drifting Lands, this project also has a connection with the gold prize of the 1st WODC, which is coming soon in the near future.
Not only a success achievment, our project also has gotten hundreds of comments by players and even game designers.
We talk about the game rules, artwork and other thoughts of gameplay on the message board of Drifting Lands, an original game designed by Stefan Breuer, a happy and positive game designer from Germany.
And from those, we have seen that everyone could be a good designer if we are open to various ideas and our love to board games.
There is only 1 month before the end of the Preliminaries submissions deadline of the 2nd WODC.
We are great looking forwards to the submissions!
Please be ambitious and have a good luck!
And this is also our 2020 Chinese New Year's resolution.
Drifting Lands now is OPEN on Modian!
Drifting Lands, the silver prize of the 1st WODC, designed by Stefan Breuer, now has its own crowdfunding site on Modian.
From the original model,
with many testplays and discussions on artwork,
both our author Mr. Stefan Breuer and our staff of this project from YOKA GAMES, we have worked on it with tremendous concentration.
We would unlock several contents such as update of some components and an extra map that would not be added in the retail version.
Looking forwards to the result of the 2nd WODC！
The opening ceremony of the 2nd WODC rounded off perfectly!
At the 2019 BGM board game event, the opening ceremony of the 2nd WODC had been held and rounded off.
During the BGM event, we provided an early access to Drifting Lands, our silver prize of the 1st WODC.
The early access was very hot，the table was always full from start to finish.
We are glad to see that this game could satisfy our players.
We also got many feedback and comments on this game.
Drifting Lands now is coming soon to market afterwards.
Please wait and see!
Results of the 1st WODC
Results of the 1st WODC
Our inaugural WODC has concluded in December 2018.
Our finalists from Japan, Germany and China Taiwan, have emerged as winners with the prizes going to:
Gold : Panda vs. Jiangshi (renamed to :《异妖战记》). Designer: Takeshi Iwata (from Japan)
Silver prize: SHAN HAI JING (renamed to :《漂流大地》). Designer: Stefan Breuer (from Germany)
Bronze prize: 春秋五霸. Designer: 陈力群，官官 (from China Taiwan)
We thank everyone who supported the 1st WODC especially to all the designers for their contributions!
We look forward to an exciting 2nd WODC ahead!