The game designers

THE GAME DESIGNERS is a new, feature-length documentary film about board game designers!
The film will be coming to Kickstarter in February 2019.
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The Project

Join us as we follow professional and fledgling board game designers as they strive to bring their heartfelt creations to life. The challenges are great, but their resolve is even greater as they toil night and day to turn their dreams into a reality. Will the designers find success and get their games out into the world? Or will their creations become too complicated and convoluted to complete? Only time–and a whole lot of persistence–-will tell what happens! 

THE GAME DESIGNERS follows the stories of five designers–-Antoine Bauza, Matt Leacock, Kelly North Adams, Chris Faulkenberry, and Doug Schepers.

Kelly North Adams playtests a new game.

Antoine Bauza works on his new prototype in his game workshop in France.

Doug Schepers reworks his game after a long series of challenging playtests.

Chris Faulkenberry works on his game prototype at a local game store.

Many conventions were attended while filming the project including Origins, GenCon, and Essen.

Matt Leacock considers a new design mechanic for his new game.

Doug Schepers gets some new equipment to help build his prototypes.

Antoine Bauza playtests his latest game with some friends and fellow co-designers.

Kelly North Adams gets a new prototype ready for playtesting.

The Designers

In addition to the main stories, THE GAME DESIGNERS features a host of other designers (and others involved in the game industry) who provide commentary throughout the film.  Here is a sample list of people in the film.  This is not a comprehensive list and does not fully represent who will, and who will not, be in the final version of the film.  The film is still being shot and edited at present time (Fall 2018) and directorial decisions are still being made.  Thank you for your consideration and patience.

Antoine Bauza

7 Wonders 

Matt Leacock

Pandemic: Season 1
Pandemic: Season 2
Forbidden Island

Kelly North Adams

Veggie Garden
Chibi Quest
Swipe Right
Johnny Appleseed

Doug Schepers


Chris Faulkenberry

Battle for Biternia

Bruno Cathala

Five Tribes
7 Wonders Duel

Reiner Knizia

Tigris & Euphrates
Lost Cities
Through the Desert

Eric M. Lang

Blood Rage
Rising Sun
Arcadia Quest
Chaos in the Old World

Mike Selinker

Magic: The Gathering
Betrayal at House on the Hill
Axis & Allies

Brittanie Boe

Be Bold Games

Emerson Matsuuchi

Century: Spice Road
Spector Ops 

Ryan Lauket

Near and Far
Above and Below
Eight-Minute Empire

Seiji Kanai

Love Letter
Lost Legacy

Uwe Rosenberg

Le Havre

Liz Spain

Widow’s Walk

Rob Daviau

Pandemic: Season 1
Pandemic: Season 2
Risk Legacy

Jamey Stegmaier


Mac Gerdts


Jason Matthews

Twilight Struggle
1960: The Making of a President
1989: Dawn of Freedom
Founding Fathers

Isaac Childres

Forge War
Founders of Gloomhaven
Gloomhaven: Solo Scenarios

Sen Foong Lim

Junk Art
Rock, Paper, Wizard

Dominique Metzler

Essen Game Fair

Corey Konieczka

Star Wars: Rebellion
Twilight Imperium IV
Eldritch Horror
Battlestar Galactica

Martin Wallace

Brass: Lancashire
Railways of the World
A Few Acres of Snow

The Team

THE GAME DESIGNERS is brought to you by Zoom Out Media and BoardGameGeek.

After working on a heavy “Euro” game for a number of months, and hitting numerous dead-ends, Writer/Director Eric Rayl decided that telling the story of board game designers would be a worthy endeavor. So out he went and collected all the stories he could find regarding the subject. And after visiting many game conventions, traveling all over the world, and editing for hours and hours (and hours) on end he finally emerged with a–somewhat–completed film!

Along the way Eric caught the attention of Scott Alden at BoardGameGeek, and Scott decided to get involved with the project. And so with the two forces combined, they set out to make the best documentary possible about the world of board gaming and it’s designers.

Eric Rayl


Scott Alden

Executive Producer

The Kickstarter

While the completion of THE GAME DESIGNERS is in sight, there is still much more to be done. We still need to film several more sequences, do more editing, sound-mix, color-correct, do graphic design, animation, purchase music rights, organize bonus content, and so on.

The plan is to do a Kickstarter. But before we do the Kickstarter we would like to get a sense of the support of the community out there and start building a list of people who would like to support the project. So if you’re a board game player, a board game designer, a nerdy friend, or just someone who is interested in THE GAME DESIGNERS please join the mailing list (at the top of this page). 

Your help and support are greatly appreciated.

Eric Rayl & Scott Alden