Tabletop Deathmatch


An independent game design contest by Cards Against Humanity

Sixteen games enter and one game wins a first printing and a booth at Gen Con 2014.

The Finalists

Episode 0:
The Prologue

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Episode 1: Outer Earth
Paul Tseng & Daniel Orellana

Interview / Website

Episode 2: Jupiter Deep
Mark Major & Christina Major

Interview / Website

Episode 3: Grow
Tap Pribbenow, Chris Hassebrook
& Kyle Bromley


Episode 4: Rocket Wreckers
Rob Couch

Interview / Website

Episode 5: Pack the Pack
Meg McGinley

Interview / Website / Kickstarter

Episode 6: Cool Table
Jasmine Davis

Interview / Website

Episode 7: Discount Salmon
Cara Heacock & Marcus Ross

Interview / Website

Episode 8: Right of Succession
Lowell Francis

Interview / Website

Episode 9: Penny Press
Matt Golec & Robert Dijkman Dulkes

Interview / Website

Episode 10: Installation 42
Bruce Stringer, Patrick Murphy,
Heather Smith, & Matt Lattanzi

Interview / Website

Episode 11: Fart Party
Nick Meriwether & Ryan Allison

Interview / Website

Episode 12: What the Flock?!
Steven Ewoldt

Interview / Website

Episode 13: Wizard Dodgeball
Peter Newland

Interview / Website

Episode 14: The Shadow
Over Westminster

Robert Huss

Interview / Website

Episode 15: The Jane
Austen Card Game

Edward Castronova


Episode 16: The Amberden Affiar
Michael Domeny, Kelsey Domeny
& Drake Philyaw

Interview / Website

Episode 17: The Finale

More Information

Pre-Order One of the Winners! (spoilers)
Kickstart One of the Winners! (spoilers)


Tabletop Deathmatch is an independent game design contest organized by Cards Against Humanity and Dammit Liz Productions. We’ve assembled a panel of expert judges to pick an exceptional unpublished boardgame. The winning game will receive a first printing by AdMagic (our printer) funded by Cards Against Humanity. We’ll bring the winning game to Gen Con 2014 to join us on the show floor.

Be sure to check out our live screenings of the finalist episodes airing in Chicago (May 1), Austin (May 15), and Seattle (May 22).

The Judges

Josh Dillon, Daniel Dranove, Eli Halpern, Ben Hantoot, David Munk,
David Pinsof, Max Temkin, and Eliot Weinstein
Co-creators, Cards Against Humanity

Mike Selinker
President, Lone Shark Games (formerly of Wizards of the Coast and Avalon Hill)

Luke Crane
Creator of Burning Wheel

Greg Bilsland
Producer, Dungeons and Dragons

Rodney Thompson
Game Designer, Dungeons and Dragons and Lords of Waterdeep

Chris Cieslik
Owner, Asmadi Games

Paul Peterson
Game Designer, Smash Up and Guillotine

Derek Guder
Event Manager, Gen Con

Mike Trotzke
Founder, Red Army Games; Cofounder, SproutBox

Chris Rowlands and Aaron Donogh
Media Production Coordinator and RPG Expert, Card Kingdom

Shari Spiro
Founder, Ad Magic

2014 Signup

The submissions for the newest season of Tabletop Deathmatch have now closed.
Good luck! Check back for more updates and the upcoming episodes of the next season.

Thanks so much to everyone who submitted!

Tabletop Deathmatch is sponsored by Cards Against Humanity, Gen Con LLC., Ad Magic, and Maxistentialism Inc. It’s produced by Dammit Liz Productions and LoadingReadyRun. Prize money is furnished by Cards Against Humanity, AdMagic, and Maxistentialism Inc.

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