We will have some great designers at RAGECON playtesting and/or running demos of their games! We will also have a special event where YOU can be the designer and win prizes!


Tucker Smedes (Card Lords)
Dice Cards, Diamonds & Dinosaurs

Steve Coker
Adventures of Dex Dixon

Vincent Burris
Angry Town

Jacquelynne Heiman
Codename: Capture

Bernie Lin
Lunar Rush

Tim Hurst
Manifest Galaxy

Ian Norris
Kitty Committee

Johnny Pac
Knights of the Round Table
Unconscious Mind

Henry Audubon
New unnamed game

Matthew Williams
Mine your Business

Michael Ott
Mountain Air Cargo
Power Baron

Luke Laurie
Andromeda’s Edge

More to come…

Are you ready for a fun challenge? Can you come up with creative ideas on the fly? Do you work well in a group environment? If so, RAGECON is bringing back the wildly popular Game Lab Design Contest for a second year on Sunday, June 26th, at high noon!

The event will be open to seasoned game designers, hobbyists, and newbies alike. Basically, anyone who fancies themselves a game designer at heart is welcome.  

We will help assemble balanced teams, hand out bags of mystery components, and give everyone one hour to come up with a fresh game idea (based on a certain theme or mechanic). After the hour is up, the teams will have a few extra moments to prepare an “elevator pitch” of why their game is unique and awesome. Then a group of judges—made up of industry vets—will learn about each game and decide on the winners. 

Each member of the winning team will get a full RAGECON 2022 VIG 3 Day Pass! And each member of the runner-up team will get 40 RAGEBUCKs. Plus, pictures of the winning teams will be posted online, along with a full group shot of everyone who participated (with all due permissions).  

We know that winning is fun—just like in every game. But the true prize here is the opportunity to meet and work along side other creative people who share similar dreams. And who knows—maybe your team’s idea will find its way onto tables all around the world someday! RAGECON is no stranger to success stories of this kind.   

General Rules and Guidelines

  • There will be 6-10 teams made up of of 3-6 people each. 

  • Friends and families can request to be on the same team. 

  • All ages and backgrounds are welcome. 

  • Seasoned designers are encouraged to take leadership roles and help those who are less sure of their footings.

  • “Quarterbacking” is discouraged. We will see that everyone has the chance to express their ideas.

  • Existing game/premeditated concepts are not in the spirit of the challenge. The games should be purely the result of the one-hour challenge.

  • Adult themed games are not allowed.

  • The games presented do not need to be “done”—or even playable, for that matter. It is more about presenting a clear proof of concept.    

  • The challenge begins at Noon and will break at 1pm to work on pitches.

  • Winners will be announced around 2pm, after each group has made their 5-minute pitch.

The contest’s judges are all published designers, publishers, and/or other industry professionals. Their names and backgrounds will be announced in the weeks leading up to the convention. Stay tuned!

Contestants can sign up online just like other RAGECON events on Tabletop.Events, or they can simply walk in, (starting at 11:30am, Sunday).