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

More Information

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

Episode 5: Pack the Pack

Episode 6: Cool Table

Episode 7: Discount Salmon

Episode 8: Right of Succession

Episode 9: Penny Press

Episode 10: Installation 42

Episode 11: Fart Party

Episode 12: What the Flock?!

Episode 13: Wizard Dodgeball

Episode 14: The Shadow Over Westminster

Episode 15: The Jane Austen Card Game

Episode 16: The Amberden Affair

Episode 17: The Final Episode


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 We’ve assembled a panel of expert judges to pick an exceptional unpublished boardgame.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.

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

You can enter your game for Tabletop Deathmatch 2014 starting April 29. If you’d like us to email you when signups are open, stick your email address here.


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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