Board Games Designed by Women
With the hundreds of games that come out every year very few are designed by women, but that doesn't mean there haven't been some great female designers. Here's just a few.
- •Jenga- Leslie ScottI've heard Jenga is the second best selling game in the world. Sadly Leslie Scott doesn't own the rights to the game anymore.
- •Qwirkle- Susan McKinley RossThis game plays like a game of colorful dominos. This game won the prestigious Spiel Des Jahres award in 2011.
- •Thurn and Taxis- Karen SeyfarthThurn and Taxis is a game about German postal routes... And while that theme doesn't sound overly exciting this game did win the Spiel Des Jahres in 2006. The game was co-designed with her husband Andreas Seyfarth of Puerto Rico fame.
- •Primordial Soup- Doris MatthäusDoris has a really good résumé! She designed this Mü and she even was the artist on many great games like Carcassonne and El Grande.
- •Sleeping Queens- Miranda EvertsDesigned by a 6 year old. What's weirder is that the game is for ages 8 and up... She must've been so happy to finally play her game 2 years later.
- •T.I.M.E Stories- Peggy ChassenetThis game was co- designed by Manuel Rozoy and is about Time traveling into bodies of people in an asylum.
- •Rattus- Åse BergCo-designed with Henrik Berg, this is a game about The Black Plague and trying to survive it while making your opponents population decrease.
- •Monopoly- Lizzie MagieOh yeah the big one! We'll sort of. In 1904 Magie received a patent for her game about landlords and it was a teaching tool about wealth inequality. She received $500 for her design and during The Great Depression Charles Darrow took the design and made it what we know today. So while women designers are rarer they have claims to the two best selling games of all time!