Some of the 20th century’s most enduring board games—Candy Land and Operation among them—have come from the minds of independent inventors. But thanks to today’s legally insulated corporate environments, it can be hard (or impossible) to submit ideas without an agent.
Hasbro believes it has an answer. Now through October 23, the company will be accepting entries for its Fall 2016 Gaming Challenge, a crowd-sourced search for the next big idea in analog tabletop gaming.
If you think your game has potential, you can submit the premise directly to Hasbro via the NextGreatGameChallenge portal. Hasbro employees and game experts will review entries for playability and creativity, with five finalists getting an opportunity to have a Hasbro-backed campaign appear on the fundraising site Indiegogo. The grand prize winner will receive $25,000 and the potential (though not a promise) for the game to hit retail shelves. Shark Tank’s Daymond John will be part of the finalists’ judging panel.
For impenetrable legal reasons, the contest is open to anyone in the U.S. and Canada except citizens of Quebec. Last year’s winner, Irresponsibility: The Mr. Toast Card Game, is set to go on sale exclusively at Target later in the year.