Jellybean Contest

 The contest is now closed and the finalists have been announced



We are preparing a sequel to our hit game The Lady and the Tiger. The game (currently untitled) will be another collection of cards with gorgeous art, offering games from multiple designers…and we want you to be one of those designers!

The sequel is currently a 2-player bidding game. We’d love to include some other games in the box – wholly new designs by different people using the same components: 18 specific cards and 24 tokens in three colors.

The winner will be offered a chance to have their game included in the box; winning this contest will make you a paid and published game designer!

We’re looking for whatever the components inspire you to make – area control, hand management, trick taking, pick up and deliver, bluffing…anything goes! The winner will be the game which is the most accessible and fun to play, whether it’s a 30-second solo experience or an hour-long dexterity game.


Your entry should include a single-sentence summary of your game and a rulebook. The rules should explain setup, turn structure, gameplay, and your game’s end condition(s). Designs should be complete and playable; we’re looking for games that you’ve brought to the table and played to completion, something that’s more than just an idea.

Tip: The games we included in The Lady and the Tiger all had simple, elegant victory conditions. “First to five points”, or “Collect 10 treasures to win” – games with no complex mental arithmetic or memorization.

Submissions will close at 8pm Central Time on Sunday the 1st of July, 2018. Multiple submissions from a single designer are welcome, but should be sent in separate emails. You will keep all rights to games that you submit to this contest.

Submit entries to with the subject line Jellybean Contest (Player count) (Runtime) – Designer(s). For example: Jellybean Contest (2-4 players) (10 minutes) – Tom Lang. You will receive a confirmation that your entry has been received; if you don’t hear back in a day or two, we didn’t get your submission!

Game rules should be submitted in PDF format.


The challenge of this contest is the components – games can be of any style, player count or length, but can only use the tokens and cards which are already in the box.

The components are:

  • 18 cards:
    • 15 number cards:
      • Numbers 1-5 in Blue
      • Numbers 1-5 in Red
      • Numbers 1-5 in Green
    • 3 suit cards:
      • Blue
      • Red
      • Green
  • 24 tokens
    • 8 blue tokens
    • 8 red tokens
    • 8 green tokens

The cards can be downloaded here. The three suit cards will have all have the same back, which will be different to the 15 number cards. The tokens will be glass or plastic gems, and will not be stackable or double-sided.

Currently, the game has no theme. Possible themes for the final game include The Three MusketeersThe Three Witches (from Macbeth), The Bronte Sisters, or the three ghosts from A Christmas Carol. Submissions should not rely on a particular theme to be enjoyable.


The winner of the contest will receive $250 USD. The winner (and likely several other contestants) will be offered a contract to be published as part of the game – the contract will include a portion of profits from the game’s sales.


The competition will be judged by the Jellybean Games team. To learn more about us, click around on the website (we get up to a lot of cool stuff), follow us on Twitter, or check out our Facebook page.