Women and Nonbinary Board Game Designers: Europe
In 2018, only 7 games of the top 200 on Board Game Geek had a non-male designer involved. (It's now up to 10.) I got tired of being called "one of very few non-male board game designers," so I started compiling a list and ended up with over 200 women and non-binary designers with published games.
Karen Seyfarth | Germany
Karen has co-designer credit for Thurn and Taxis, which won the Spiel des Jahres in 2006. Her husband Andreas has said that she helped with all of his designs, including hit titles like Puerto Rico.
Karin Hetling | Germany
Karin won the Spiel des Jahres scholarship in 2011, and went on to be nominated for the Kinderspiel des Jahres in 2015 for her game Schatz-Rabatz. She has several other published children's games.
United Kingdom & Ireland
Bez Shahriari | England@stuffByBez
Bez's first game was picked up by Gigamic and is now published in 11+ languages as Yogi. Others include the game system Wibbell++ and Kitty Cataclysm. She also has worked as a board game developer.
Holly Gramazio | England@hollygramazio
Holly is a game designer whose work is not just for tabletops but also for physical spaces from museums to public squares. She founded Now Play This, a festival of experimental game design. Her designs include Art Deck, a collaborative drawing game.
Steffanie Yeakle| France@steffanie
Steffanie is an American filmmaker, photographer and boardgame designer who lives in Paris. She worked for Mattell and Creata before becoming an independent designer. Her codesigns with Marie Chaplet include Paul and the Moon, Le Jour Qui Rend Super Happy, and several others.
Frederica Scott Vollrath | Denmark@FSVdesign
Freddie runs Oxford Games Ltd with her mother Leslie Scott and has recently founded FSV Design ApS. She has published 2 games (Jungoeira with Matinex and Slappy Camper with Mindware) and has 3 more games coming out 2021.