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The Board Game Design Lab
Gabe started The Board Game Design Lab in 2016. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: 
Q: How did you get started on The Board Game Design Lab?
I’ve been designing games for over a decade, and I’ve found that I enjoy designing games far more than I like playing them. (And I really like playing them.) There’s just something about the process of creating a game that sets it apart from other creative endeavors. It combines art and story and experience and engagement all into one.
Building an audience requires trust, and when you give your customers consistent, quality content, they trust you a lot more.
Designers have an incredible opportunity to help people escape to faraway lands without having to leave the comfort of their homes. We get to bring joy and laughter to people we’ve never even met as they experience what we’ve created.
I love that a designer can bring friends and families together around a sacred place: the table. Designers get to help people disconnect from the craziness of modern-day life and reconnect with the people who are most important to them.
And about 4 years ago, as I started getting more serious about designing games, I was having a hard time finding the game design information I needed, and I assumed I wasn’t the only one. So, I created the podcast and website as a way to help both myself and other people in the same situation.
When I first started, my goal was to get 10 regular listeners. If I could just get into double digits, it would be a “success.” However, at this point, each episode gets around 5,000 downloads with some shows getting as many as 20,000+.
And now, the BGDL has grown into an incredible community of around 8,000 designers and publishers doing their absolute best to encourage and help one another down the design path.
What began as a fun, little side hobby has turned into my full-time job. I had no idea it would turn out like this, and it’s been an incredible adventure.
Contributors to this article:
- Pat Walls, Founder @ Starter Story
- Wiki Updater