Melbourne Board Game Market

The Melbourne Board Game Market (MBGM) connects local board game publishers, designers and accessory makers with the local community of board gamers.

After a successful 2023 market, we’re hosting the 2024 market again at Collingwood Town Hall from 10am to 4pm on Sunday May 26th.

Australian board game publishers, designers showing published and prototyped games. You’ll be able to try out games that have just been released, discover what will soon be hitting crowd funding and help to make games being designed right now even better.

There will also be board game accessory makers selling their wares to help make your game nights even better or to help you look good while you play.

Plus you’ll be able to find used games at great prices at the bring and buy (registration required, details to follow).

Entry Fee

Entry will be by gold coin at the door.

Getting There

Collingwood Town Hall is located at 140 Hoddle St.

It is easily accessible by public transport via Collingwood Station (Mernda/Hurtsbridge lines) and 246, 302/3/4/5/9, 318, 350 and 905/6/7/8 buses.

By Car, Collingwood Town Hall is a short trip down Hoddle Street from the M3. Parking is available between the town hall and the station.

Exhibitors

Board and Sorcery

Board and Sorcery is a Melbourne based board game company that is dedicated to creating unique and immersive gaming experiences.

Founded by a group of friends who loved to play games in pubs, we quickly realized the power of board games to bring people together and facilitate meaningful interactions. 

Releasing Treacherous Tides in 2023 and looking to Kickstart their next project Fat Cats Inc. 
Website: boardandsorcery.com

Collarts Game Design

COLLARTS Game Design brings a fresh perspective to Game Design education and our students are the proof.

Our students are the vanguard for the next generation of designers with a focus on game design not software.

We explore what is fun, how we play and why, with an inclusive and sustainable outlook.
Website: https://www.collarts.edu.au/game-design

Games Research at The University of Melbourne

Games are an important form of human interaction and cultural expression and, for many, are a crucial part of contemporary social life. Our research explores the ways that people experience and create games and playful experiences, seeking to understand how technology supports these activities. We are interested in digital and physical games; children’s play as well as that of adults; co-located and remote play; novel interaction modalities such as voice, gaze and hybrid tools; and gaming experiences from participation through fandom to spectatorship.
Website: cis.unimelb.edu.au/hci/research/games-and-play

GUF Studios

Guf Studios

At Guf Studios, we specialise in publishing, licensing, and localising amazing games from Oceania and SE Asia to the rest of the world, and bringing games from the world to Oceania and SE Asia.

Join us and discover our latest games!

Indulge in Steam Up: A Feast of Dim Sum, where you’ll dine on delicacies from a mystical restaurant’s rotating Lazy Susan. Choose the Dim Sum that matches your Chinese Zodiac character to earn the most Hearty Points and take home the victory.

In Floating Floors, the Bansen Seals of your ninja clan have been scattered throughout the castle. Race against your opponent to reclaim them, using your balance and cunning to stay ahead.

Travel back in time with Endless Winter: Paleoamericans, guiding your tribe to prosperity by establishing cultural traditions, hunting megafauna, migrating, and building everlasting megaliths. From nomadic hunter-gatherers to prosperous tribal societies, the fate of your tribe is in your hands!
Website: gufstudios.com

Melbourne Megagames

What’s a megagame you ask? It’s uh, just a really big game…

…that blends aspects of boardgames, LARPs, wargaming, & role-play. Think of megagames as interactive stories, where you can live out your dream of being a 17th century pirate… or nuke the moon to prevent an alien invasion… or accidentally kill Hitler with the holy grail! There are no limits to the chaos and joy that a megagame brings.
Website: melbournemegagames.com

Metal Abyss

Metal Abyss is a Co-op tower defense game where players are pilots of war mechs. To win, you must defeat the enemy boss while defending the city from hordes of hostile mechs. Win combats to gather resources, upgrade and customize your mech to fight against stronger foes. It is an engine building game with unique tableau building, with lots of combos from card effects and ‘push your luck’ dice combats.

The Paranoid Superhero

The Paranoid Superhero is a game for 2 – 6 Criminal Masterminds that takes just on an hour to play. Plan Crimes in town using a timed worker placement mechanism, or disrupt the plans of other players by performing schemes, hire Thugs and research the elemental weakness of The Paranoid Superhero.

Each turn players roll their own Power Dice, and then spend the dice to enact their plans. They might need to manipulate the paranoia of The Paranoid Superhero as they fly around town trying to thwart the planned crimes their.  

The most successful criminal mastermind will find a number of paths to victory by successfully getting their own Crimes triggered whilst manipulating the Superhero to thwart the plans of other players.

Skybound Legends

Hi, I’m Lachlan.I’m a Melbourne artist and designer with a passion for fantasy.I’m hoping to test a game I’ve been working on; Skybound: Legends

A Fantasy, Adventure, Cooperative, Competitive dice based board game.

A calamity approaches the Skybound islands, will heroes hear the call and save the day? Even if they do only one shall be remembered as a legend.

Each player controls a hero that sets out to increase their strength by completing quests, gathering crystals, fighting monsters and delving temples while the chaos of the world increases, until a calamity occurs and the heroes must work together to defeat the scenario. The game can also be competitive where players compete to accumulate glory, and rather than spending it to alleviate chaos from the world, gather as much as possible to be remembered as the legend that saved the world from calamity.

Website: Skybound World

Straight Up Games

Straight Up Games is a Melbourne based game design duo. After fully funding their first ever card game One Last Score in just 3 days on Kickstarter, Liam and Isaac are bringing it to the people!

Website: www.straightupgames.com

Triple Point Games

Triple Point Games is the home of Dr Tom Allen, an Australian engineer and game designer best known for The Curium Experience escape rooms (also in Collingwood – go try them!) He will be demonstrating a variety of his games with something for every taste!

Check out Spelled – a strategic word game, Evil Robots – a social game for 3-9 humans pretending to be robots, Yowie Kapowie – a light-weight family game about throwing monsters onto other monsters, and Half the Battle – a two-player duel between adventuring parties accidentally finding themselves in the same dungeon.

Website: www.triplepointgames.com

Ukiyo

Kitsunedo is a fast-paced battle-royale card game packed with strategy, bluffing, and social psychology, designed to be easy to pick up but hard to master…

Find your kindred Spirit Lord and wield their unique powers to develop your own tactics and playstyle. Whether you’re turning back the threads of time with the Fox of the Mirage or summoning power for everyone with the Fox of the Celeste, your path to victory will be different.
Website: ukiyo.com.au

The Ultimate Heist

Welcome to “The Ultimate Heist” board game! In this exciting game of strategy and intrigue, you’ll join forces with fellow players to pull off daring heists, travel the world, and outwit your opponents.

Will you rise as a legendary master thief, or will betrayal leave you empty-handed?

Vaexon Industries

The ultimate icebreaker party Game to help you meet new people and create new friendships and memories.

Website: https://vaexonindustries.wixsite.com/entertainmentgateway/big-night-out

Wrong Answers Only

Introducing Wrong Answers Only, the ultimate game of wit, creativity, and deception! In this hilarious and competitive card game, players are challenged to make convincing arguments for incorrect answers to a wide variety of questions. From historical figures to pop culture icons, Wrong Answers Only tests players’ ability to think on their feet and come up with the most convincing and absurd explanations. Containing over 400 cards, the game’s unique concept, dynamic gameplay and endless entertainment possibilities, makes it guaranteed to be a hit among your friends and family.

Website: wronganswersgame.com

Registration is open for 2024 market. If you’re a distributor, publisher, designer or accessory maker who would like to be at the Melbourne Board Game Market, let us know by filling in the registration form.

Food and Drinks

Food and drinks will be supplied by the good folks from Pause Menu.

Located in Fitzroy, Pause Menu is a board game cafe and bar with D&D and Tabletop RPG events and Rooms.

Flea Market Details

Flea Market will again be there for you to snap a deal or two.

Click for details for sellers.